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Coombe Wood

Woodland with ornamental gardens that are divided into a series of themed "rooms".

Homerton Grove Adventure Playground

Adventure playground for ages up to 15 years old.

Shrewsbury Park

A quiet mixture of open grassland, wild meadows and forest.

London Wall

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

The Barbican

Multi-arts and conference centre with a variety of events and exhibitions some of which are free to attend. It is the largest performing arts centre of its type in Europe.

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.

Swakeleys Park

A large, well kept park featuring a lake and grassland areas.

The Royal Society

The Royal Society is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

Grovelands Park

A mixed wood and grassland park with a lake and childrens playground.

Central Park Dagenham

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

Beckenham Place Park

Lewishams largest public green space housing 5 listed buildings including the mansion which dates from the 18th century.

Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Leicester Square

This is where the majority of London film premieres are held. There are 4 major cinemas in the square.

Museum of Enfield

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

Coppetts Wood

Declared a local nature reserve in 1997 containing several types of habitat.

Imperial War Museum

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

Big Ben

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

Regents Park

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

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.

Newlands Park

A small park created in the 1950s but reworked in 2001.

Ham Common

Local Nature Reserve between Ham Avenues and Ham Common Woods.

Roundshaw Downs

The largest chalk grassland area in the Borough of Sutton.

The Scoop at More London

An outdoor amphitheatre holding a variety of free events in the summer months.

Oakwood Park Enfield

Sixty four acres of parkland which was originally part of the estate of Oak Lodge.

Henry Moore

The famous sculptor Henry Moore has one of his sculptures 'Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3' displayed in Brandon Estate on Cooks Road in Kennington.

Brent Lodge Park

Ornamental gardens, meadows and playgrounds alongside the River Brent.

Trent Country Park

A large country park with marked walking routes around the 400 acre site.

Carnaby Street

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

Keston Common

Fifty five hectares of heathland that is a site of special scientific interest.


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

Cafe Gallery

Small contemporary arts gallery in Southwark Park.

Coronation Stone

The Kings Stone or Coronation Stone is an ancient stone block used in ancient times as the site of coronation for Anglo-Saxon kings. Kings said to be coronated here are Aethelstan in 925, Eadred in 946, Aethelred the Unready in 979.

Bessingby Park

Bessingby Park consists of three green spaces, Bessingby Park, Cavendish Park and Pine Gardens.


Chinatown is an area of London where there is a vibrant Chinese community, the entrance is marked by an ornate Chinese gateway.

Sutcliffe Park

Opened as a park in 1937 the area was susceptible to flooding until re-landscaping and flood protection helped out in 2004.

Mill Hill Park

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

Grove Park

Carshalton Ponds border the park and the River Wandle flows from them through the park via a picturesque waterfall.

Novelty Automation

A collection of home made automata and other amusing machines.

Horsenden Hill

The largest open space in Ealing covering 250 acres of woodland, wetland, ponds and meadows.

Priory Gardens

Ornamental gardens with historic buildings, a lake and childrens playground.

Parsloes Park

There is plenty of wildlife in the large pond situated at the South West corner of this large park.

St. James Park

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

Vauxhall Bridge

The first bridge in London to carry trams and the first one to have a bus lane.

Happy Valley

Glacial action formed this steep sided valley in the last ice age.

Cuming Museum

Collection of artefacts from around the world collected by the Cuming family as well as being the museum of Southwarks history.

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum of anthropology and natural history that is set in a 15 acre garden.

Upminster Park

A green flag park in central Upminster.

Old Courthouse Rec Ground

Previously a pasture with a brewery and stables, the park was opened in 1924.

Diana Memorial Fountain

This fountain is a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and was opened in 2004.

Hollydale Recreation Ground

Created from the grounds of 18th century Hollydale House, which was demolished in the 1930s.
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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