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Brockwell Park

Listed as Grade II on the National Heritage list, this 120 acre park is also a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation.

Newlands Park

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

Kentish Town City Farm

A free to visit city farm that celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2012.

The Tarn

A green flag park dating from the 1930s with a wildlife rich lake that gives the park its name.

Carnaby Street

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

Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.

Happy Valley

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

Old Truman Brewery

A disused brewery on Brick Lane that has now been transformed into an arts and media venue.

Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.

Mountsfield Park

Home to the biennial Peoples Day festival and one time home of Charlton F.C.

Museum of Enfield

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

King Georges Fields

A 28 hectare open space that is listed as a site of importance for nature conservation.

Downhills Park

Green flag winning park covering 30 acres divided between formal sports and managed gardens.

Buckingham Palace

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

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.

Queens Park

This Victorian local park has a bandstand and childrens playground. It was opened in 1887 and covers 30 acres.

East Wickham Open Space

Thirty four hectares of parkland and wildlife habitats.

Sky Garden/Walkie Talkie Building

Three storeys of landscaped public gardens at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street - generally known as the Walkie Talkie building. Fantastic views across the capital from the floors 35-37.

Golborne Road Market

Located near Portobello Road market off Ladbroke Grove.

Wanstead Park

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

Park Wood

Park Wood is part of the Ruislip National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

Clissold Park

Clissold Park was formerly a country estate opened to the public in 1889.

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.

Purley Way Playing Fields

A large open space used as agricultural land until after world war two.

Bridge House Gardens

Part of a series of gardens along the River Thames in Richmond. All gardens are accessed from the Thames Path, the other gardens are Mears Walk, Midhurst Site and Riverdale Gardens.

Epping Forest

Londons largest open space covering 6000 acres stretches from Chingford to Epping.


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

Imperial War Museum

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

Portobello Road

This claims to be the worlds largest antiques market with over 1000 sellers. The antiques market takes place on Saturdays.

Welsh Harp Nature Reserve

Also known as Brent Resevoir, it takes its name from the Old Welsh Harp pub which stood nearby on the Edgeware Road.

London Wall

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

Eastbrookend Country Park

A large 350 acre country park located on reclaimed land that had previously been used as a quarry and landfill site.

Pinner Memorial Park

Known as Bennets Park before World War Two, additional land was purchased and the park renamed after a public campaign for a memorial to those who had died during both world wars.

Clarefield Park

A nature conservation site developed from wasteland.

Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park

Created in 1997, the park contains 2 lakes that are great for bird watching or just enjoying the tranquillity.

Coombe Wood

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

The Garden at 120

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

Queens Market

Reputed to be one of Londons cheapest markets.

It has hosted Jamie Olivers Ministry of Food tv show and had a visit from Radio 4s Food Programme.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

Operated as a cemetery between 1841 and 1966, the area is now a public park and nature reserve.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Created for the 2012 Olympic games the area is now being transformed. Check the web site before you visit as attractions are liable to change and subject to different opening times.

Palace Of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)

Visitors can watch debates taking place in the House of Commons and the House of Lords from the public galleries.

Regents Park

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

Kensal Green Cemetery

A 19th century cemetery containing some very interesting buildings, tombs and memorials.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V and A)

The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.

St Pauls Cathedral Churchyard Gardens

A garden in the grounds of the cathedral established in 1878 containing the remains of an old cloister.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is one of Londons most dominant landmarks located in docklands on the Isle Of Dogs

Lloyd Park Walthamstow

Opened as a park in 1900, a large part of the park is on an island formed by the moat of a house previously located here.

St. James Park

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

Fishponds Wood

A nature reserve holding two ponds on the Western side of Wimbledon Common.

Big Ben

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