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


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Basing Hill Park

A small park operated by Barnet Council with shrubs and trees around the perimeter.
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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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Science Museum

World renowned museum of science and technology with historic collections and awe inspiring galleries. There are lots of interactive areas for you to explore.
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Charlton Park

A large open park in the grounds of the Jacobean Charlton House which was completed in 1612.
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Mountsfield Park

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

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

A grade I listed house dating from 1766, currently used as the local registry office.
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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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Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree

Trafalgar Square hosts annual Christmas carol evenings under a massive Christmas Tree in the center of the square. Thousands of people head there to get involved in the Christmas spirit, in one of London's biggest festive get togethers.
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Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre is an arts centre including the Royal Festival Hall, it is located on the South bank of the River Thames beside Waterloo Bridge.
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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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Shrewsbury Park

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

Well known as the spiritual home of Sunday League football, the area also has a variety of other amenities.
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Geffrye Museum

A museum showing the history of the home and gardens over the past 400 years.
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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.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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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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Hard Rock Cafe Vaults

Collection of music memorabilia in the vault beneath the Hard Rock Cafe in Old Park Lane.
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Vauxhall Park

A green flag park covering eight and a half acres that was opened in 1890 by Prince Albert.
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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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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Royal Air Force Museum

Located at the site of the former aerodrome at Hendon the museum of the Royal Air Force is home to over 100 aircraft and thousands of other items.
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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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The Monument

The Monument was built in 1671-77 to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666.
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Barking Park

A 75 acre park opened in 1898 and featuring a large boating pond.
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Rushgrove Park

An open space alongside the Silk Stream which flows to the Brent resevoir.
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Fitzroy House

The former home of the writer and philosopher L Ron Hubbard. It is open to the public by appointment only.
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Leadenhall Market

Extensively refurbished in the 1990's to restore its Victorian architecture and cobbled streets.
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The Garden at 120

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

Childs Hill is named after a 14th century landowner. The park land was donated to the council in 1891.
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Brunswick Park

This park is on a site formerly used as a sewage works.
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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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Purley Way Playing Fields

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

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

One of the oldest public spaces in London and the largest square in the City it was designed by Indigo Jones
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Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Built in 1817, operational until 1864 and opened as a museum in 1976.
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The Photographers Gallery

The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography.
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Tumbling Bay Playground

Natural wooden adventure playground located at the Timber Lodge community centre in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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Shakespeares Globe Theatre

A modern reconstruction of the original Globe Theatre on the South bank of the River Thames.
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Ridgeway Park

Green Flag status park housing a large model railway run by the Chingford and District Model Engineering Club.
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Cheam Park

Previously part of the grounds of Cheam Park House, which was demolished after being damaged by a flying bomb in World War 2.
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Ruislip Lido

The Lido is a 60 acre lake with a sandy beach and a narrow gauge railway.
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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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Limehouse Seagull

Commissioned in 1994 by the London Docklands Development Corporation.
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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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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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Norbury Park

Open spaces, a childrens playground and a community BMX track are all available in this 28 acre park.
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Whitechapel Market

An long established market close to Whitechapel station that may well change once Crossrail is finished.
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Southbank Skatepark

A popular and longstanding skatepark at the undercroft of the Southbank Centre.
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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