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


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City Hall

Home of the Mayor Of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority.
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Bedfords Park

Designated as a local nature reserve, the park is home to a herd of red deer.
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Italian Gardens

150 year old ornamental water garden with many statues and a fountain located on the North side of Kensington Gardens.
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Goresbrook Park

Popular with cyclists, dog walkers and joggers.
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Havering Country Park

Developed as a 165 acre country park in the 1970s and 1980s, it was formerly part of the estate of Havering Palace which was abandoned during the English Civil War.
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Freightliners Farm

A taste of country life in Islington, this is a working city farm with cows, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens etc.
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Mudchute Skatepark

Concrete skatepark on the Isle Of Dogs opened in 2006.
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Foxburrows Farm

A rare breeds farm and zoo with a range of animals including geese, pigs, lambs and meerkats.
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Brunei Gallery

Contemporary and historical exhibitions from Asia, Africa and the Middle East by the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

The old Blackfriars railway bridge was largely demolished in 1985.
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Colindale Park

A small triangular park near to Colindale tube station.
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Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.
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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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Belvedere Beach

Opened in 2017 as a seaside themed playground.
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Langthorne Park

Opened in 2000 on the site of Langthorne Hospital.
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Clissold Park

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

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

Once the wool staple then one of the Inns of the Chancery, this Tudor building looks very much like it would have done when built in the 16th century.
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Kenton Grange

The Northern part of Woodcock Park, split by Wealdstone Brook which runs through the centre of the park.
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Golders Hill Park

Landscaped park with themed gardens, childrens play area, a deer enclosure and a butterfly house.
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Redbridge Museum

Located in Ilford Central Library, the museum was opened in 2000.
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Tower of London

The Bloody Tower is a World Heritage Site which was originally created by William the Conqueror in the early 1080s and was subsequently developed by successive monarchs over the centuries.
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Richmond Museum

Local history museum of the Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew areas.
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The Warren

A nature reserve with a variety of habitats managed by the London Wildlife Trust.
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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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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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Bittacy Hill Park

A small park with views over London.
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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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Parkland Walk Local Nature Reserve

Two and a half miles of linear pedestrian and cycle route running from Finsbury Park to Highgate.
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Grove Park

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

Historic buildings that were previously used as a priory and school dating from the 14th, 16th and 17th centuries.
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Buckingham Palace

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

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Barnes Common

A Local Nature Reserve covering 120 acres either side of the A306.
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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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Tower Bridge Walk Of Fame

A series of decorative plaques highlighting the people who have worked on the bridge.
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Bankside Gallery

The Gallery of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers.
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Nonsuch Park

A historic park on the English Heritage register, originally part of a much larger hunting park created by Henry VIII.
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Farthing Downs

Chalk grasslands forming the most extensive area of chalk grasslands in Greater London.
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Boston Manor House

A three storey Jacobean Manor House, built in 1623 and situated in parkland.
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Millennium Bridge

Footbridge over the river Thames giving great views of St Pauls Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Gallery and Shakespeares Globe Theatre.
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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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Queens Park

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

An Arts and Crafts cultural centre with programmes of contemporary art and design exhibitions.
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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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Materials Library

The Institute of Making hosts the Materials Library, presenting a collection of all sorts of materials from synthetic or natural sources, comprised of just about any material you could possibly think of.
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Ham Common

Local Nature Reserve between Ham Avenues and Ham Common Woods.
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Buckingham Palace

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

A local nature reserve with paths and benches for public use.
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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