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See below for 50 random free places to visit in London.


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Mill Hill Park

Fourteen hectares of open grassland, mature trees and formal flowerbeds.
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Jubilee Gardens

Pleasant gardens with a childrens playground at the foot of the London Eye.
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Carnaby Street

World famous for boutique fashion shops and the centre of the swinging London of the 1960s.
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Bittacy Hill Park

A small park with views over London.
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Museum of Enfield

Located at the Dugdale Centre, the museum contains 15000 objects illustrating the history of the area.
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Three Mills Green

Part of the Lee Valley Regional Park, Three Mills is a conservation area with historic mills and a playground on the Green. There is an information centre in Millar House.
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Thames Barrier Park

The park is located on the North bank of the river and has great views of the Thames Barrier.
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Thames Barrier

Opened in 1982, the Thames Barrier provides flood defences for the city of London. Costing £16,000 to close the flood barrier each time, it has been closed 175 times up to April 2015.
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St Bartholomews Museum

Founded in 1123, St Bartholomews is one of the oldest hospitals in the world. Visit the museum to find out about its history.
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Royal Institute of Philosophy

The Royal Institute of Philosophy hold free talks and lectures throughout the year that are open to the public.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Harrow Museum

This museum of local history occupies four historic buildings: the Tithe Barn, the Granery, the Small Barn and Headstone Manor a Grade I listed, moated manor house.
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Hyde Park

One of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park has much to be explored including the 7 July Memorial, Princess Diana Fountain, 2 childrens playgrounds and Speakers Corner at the North East corner.
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Brent Lodge Park

Ornamental gardens, meadows and playgrounds alongside the River Brent.
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Hainault Forest Country Park

Over 300 acres of open spaces and forest, with picnic areas, a large lake, play areas and a rare breeds farm.
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Hammersmith Park

Featuring a Japanese garden inspired by the one located on this site from the Japan-British exhibition of 1910 held at the White City exhibition site that used to be here.
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Bedfont Lakes Country Park

A 175 acre Local Nature Reserve created from a former landfill site.
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Postmans Park

Pretty park with an interesting Victorian memorial to commemorate those who died saving others.
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Primrose Hill

Primrose Hill rises to 78 metres on the Northern end of Regents Park.
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Wanstead Park

Listed at grade II listed park by English Heritage with a small museum housed in the Temple (open weekends only).
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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The Garden at 120

360 degree views over London from the 15th floor of Fen Court.
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Mayesbrook Park

This 100 acre park was opened in 1934 to provide open space for the newly built local housing estate.
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Big Ben

Big Ben is the popular name of the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Bell which has the nickname of Big Ben.
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Borough Market

Borough Market is primarily a food market offering a wide range of British and International produce just a short walk from London Bridge station.
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Central Park Dagenham

Central Park is a large 80 acre public space created in the 1930s.
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London Wall

A section of the Roman London Wall built around AD200 adjoining the Tower of London.
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Westminster Bridge

Dating from 1862, Westminster Bridge is the oldest bridge across the River Thames in central London.
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Lordship Recreation Ground

Opened as a park in 1936, it had the original idea of hosting a Model Traffic Area including minature traffic lights, pedestrian crossings and roundabouts to be used for road safety training.
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Platform 9 and 3 Quarters

Kings Crosses Platform 9 and three quarters of Harry Potter fame.
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7 July Memorial

Memorial to the 52 people who lost their lives in the July 7th bombings in London in 2005.
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Wimbledon Museum

Local history of the Wimbledon area presented as a series of permenant exhibits with special exhibits drawn from the archives on an annual basis.
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Hamleys

The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.
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Gladstone Park

Named after the ex Prime Minister William Gladstone who died in 1898. The park was opened in 1901.
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Honeywood Museum

Grade II listed building housing a museum of local history.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Grove Park Nature Reserve

A variety of habitats on a site that was previously used as railway sidings and allotments.
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Corams Fields

A seven acre playground and park for children. No adult can enter without a child.
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Belair Park

Southwarks only Grade II listed landscape which also has listed structures within the park.
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Cranford Park

Many features of its previous life as the gardens of Cranford House which was demolished in 1945.
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St. James Park

St James Park is the oldest of the royal parks. It contains both The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.
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Regents Park

Regents Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Marys Gardens where you can see more than 30,000 roses.
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Imperial War Museum

Museum with exhibits about conflict, particularly those involving Britain and the Commonwealth from World War 1 to the present.
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Royal Mail Archive

The archive is part of the Mount Pleasant Sorting Office complex and is freely open to all but you must register with the user card system.
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Park Hill Recreation Ground

The area became a public park in the 1880s, having previously been the site of a reservoir.
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Ravenor Park

Opened as Costons Farm Recreation Ground in 1928, it was renamed Ravenor Park after Ravenor Farm which remained until the 1970s.
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Horniman Animal Walk

Visitors can walk between the amimal enclosures that are located at the North end of museums gardens.
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M and M World

M&M World in central London is a megastore dedicated to the chocolatey treats. With just about as much merchandise as you could possibly imagine, M&M World is certainly something to see whilst you're passing by.
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Crystal Palace Childrens Farm

A childrens farm in Crystal Palace Park with shetland ponies, alpacas, goats, guinea pigs, rabbits, snakes and lizards.
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Norwood Park

One of the highest points in South London with views over the City, originally part of the Great North Wood hence the name Norwood.
We have over 1000 ideas for FREE things to do and places to go for anyone visiting, or living in London.

If you are looking for ideas about having a day out then browse through our lists of sightseeing ideas for inspiration - whatever the weather London has in store there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities listed.

The majority of London attractions listed are free to visit and include museums, art galleries, childrens farms, childrens playgrounds, gardens, historic sites, markets, nature, parks, skateparks, sports, leisure, landmarks and London events.

Many of the most famous art galleries the city has to offer are featured on the site including Tate Modern, The National Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. Details can also be found of much smaller and less well known sites including the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park and the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

Children are well catered for in the city with many parks having playgrounds ranging from swings and slides to the pirate ship in the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.

There are several childrens farms spread across London - one of our favourite ones is in Crystal Palace Park where you can also take the children to check out the Victorian dinosaur statues that reside in and around the lake.

For a slightly older age group are many skateparks and you can also find free to use tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment in some of the parks.

We will soon have an events page that lists out the well known annual events including Notting Hill Carnival, The Lord Mayors Show, Trooping The Colour and The Boat Race. Several institutions such as the LSE and The Royal Society offer free lectures and you can also be entertained at places like The Scoop next to City Hall or watch the street performers at Covent Garden.

London is a surprisingly green city with the large Royal Parks in the centre of town and Battersea Park just a short distance away on the South side of the River Thames. Greenwich Park is partly a deer park and also houses historical sites such as the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum which are both free to visit.

Further out there are many woodlands, the largest being Epping Forest which covers 6000 acres of North London stretching from Chingford to Epping. Large areas of the forest are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conversation and there are 4 visitor centres.

Historic sites and London landmarks frequently go hand in hand, for example both Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London are known around the world but with interesting historical backgrounds - and don't forget The Monument to the Great Fire of London, located in Pudding Lane just a short walk across the river from London Bridge Station.

Then of course there are more modern landmarks such as the Gherkin and the Shard which are both spectacular buildings, but the areas around can also reveal other places of interest like the public artworks in the streets surrounding the Gherkin (including rusty metal dinosaurs and a large globe made from stainless steel nuts and bolts).

Marble Arch hosts two large public artworks in the form of a giant horses head and Ghengis Khan mounted on his horse. Henry Moore sculptures can be found by the Thames at Millbank and at College Gardens near the Houses of Parliament. Please note that not all of the landmarks and historic sites are free to enter but we have included them if good views can be had of them from the surrounding streets.

So there is plenty to see and do for a daytrip, an extended visit or a full holiday in London and it need not be expensive.

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