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


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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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Speakers Corner

Since the middle of the 19th Century this has been the place for people to speak out and for people to listen to them.
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Clissold Park

Clissold Park was formerly a country estate opened to the public in 1889.
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Donkey Woods and Brazil Mill

Part of Crane Valley Park on the site of the former gunpowder mills.
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Jubilee Country Park

Chalk meadows and woodlands covering 60 acres.
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Old Courthouse Rec Ground

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

This famous London landmark was closed in 1983 and is now protected by Grade 2 listing by English Heritage.
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Marble Arch

Huge arch made of Italian marble built in 1827.
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Hampstead Heath

One of Londons largest parks with excellent views of the London skyline.
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Buckingham Palace

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

Unmissable museum of the natural world for the young and old alike. There are millions of exhibits including the massive blue whale skeleton in the central hall.
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Royal College Of Music Museum

This is the Royal College of Musics collection of over 800 instruments and accessories from the 15th century to the present day.
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The View

Information centre telling the history of Epping Forest.
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Hadley Highstone

Monument commemmorating the War of the Roses Battle of Barnet in 1471.
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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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Mertyl Avenue

For any planespotter, the park at the end of Mertyl Avenue is the place to go. Directly under the landing flightpath at Heathrow Airport, spotters can find themselves up close with giant airliners coming into London.
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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.
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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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Carshalton Park

Originally part of a deer park containing features such as the remains of a 17th century grotto and ornamental canal.
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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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Danson House

A grade I listed house dating from 1766, currently used as the local registry office.
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Valentines Mansion

Recently resored grade II listed mansion.
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Valence Park

Twenty four acres of land adjacent to Valence House were opened as a public park in 1926.
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Blackheath

Site of the start of the London Marathon and location of one of Londons best free firework displays.
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Nunhead Cemetery

A lovely Victorian cemetery that is overgrown in parts while other areas have been restored.
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Kenwood House

A 17th Century house with beautiful grounds.
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Ruskin Park

There are several old features remaining from the opening in 1907. The park is named after the writer John Ruskin who lived in the area.
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Fishponds Wood

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

Opened in 1933 it is the approximate finish line of the Oxford and Cambridge boat race.
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Meanwhile Skatepark

One of the oldest skateparks in London with three joined bowls of varying size.
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Southall Park

A green flag park located a short distance from Southall Broadway
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Crane Park

A nature reserve where it is possible to find kingfishers and water voles - if you are lucky. Running either side of the River Crane, the North part is in Richmond and the South is in Hounslow.
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Gutteridge Wood Nature Reserve

An ancient coppiced woodland, with a small meadow and river bank.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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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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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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British Academy

British institution supporting humanities and social sciences. The Academy host a range of public events including conferences, talks and discussions.
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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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Minet Country Park

Opened as a public park in 2003, the site was awarded green flag status in 2009.
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Islip Manor Park

A formal park with flower beds with the west of the site being managed for nature.
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Barbican Conservatory

London's second biggest conservatory, housing over 2000 specias of tropical plants and trees, as well as exotic fish.
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Abbey Green

Located close to Barking town centre it takes its name from Barking Abbey whos remains can still be seen.
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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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Carnaby Street

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

A mixture of old and new under cover of the A40 flyover. It is also known as the Meanwhile 2 skatepark.
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The Fourth Plinth at Trafalgar Square

Constructed in 1841, the plinth was empty for 150 years having originally been intended for an equestrian statue.
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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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Thornton Heath Recreation Ground

One of Croydons oldest parks opened in 1884.
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Mudchute Skatepark

Concrete skatepark on the Isle Of Dogs opened in 2006.
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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