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


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Finsbury Park Skate Park

A smallish skate park with a pair of concrete bowls.
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Unicorn at Camden - Free Music

Many London pubs have free live music nights, including the Unicorn in Camden, which has free music most nights of the week. If you like your music loud and heavy, the Unicorn is the place to go.
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Fishponds Wood

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

The park is what remains of the gardens of the residence of the Bishop of Rochester.
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Sunny Hill Park

Opened in 1929, the park was a popular viewing spot for the large air displays held at the nearby airfield at Hendon, now home to the RAF museum.
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Oak Hill Park

One of Barnets premier parks that includes 5 acres of woodland.
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Jubilee Gardens

Pleasant gardens with a childrens playground at the foot of the London Eye.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Telegraph Hill Skatepark

Built in 2012 with concrete ramps surrounding a basketball court.
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Hainault Forest Country Park

Over 300 acres of open spaces and forest, with picnic areas, a large lake, play areas and a rare breeds farm.
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The Rookery

The Rookery in Streatham Common is a landscaped garden with an ornamental pond, flowers beds, water features and a rock garden.
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Petrie Museum

This museum contains approximately 80000 objects of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology.
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Newlands Park

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

An Arts and Crafts cultural centre with programmes of contemporary art and design exhibitions.
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Coombe Wood

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

Ancient woodland that was previously part of the Bishop Of Londons hunting estate. It was gifted to the City Of London in 1886.
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Barnet Museum

Local History Museum containing hundreds of artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to modern times.
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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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Golders Hill Park

Landscaped park with themed gardens, childrens play area, a deer enclosure and a butterfly house.
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Lesnes Abbey Ruin

Extensive remains of the 12th Century abbey along with information boards and associated art works.
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Copse Wood

Copse Wood is part of the Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
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Little Holland House

The home of designer, artist and craftsman Frank Dickinson. This Grade II listed house was built and furnished by Dickinson between 1902 and 1904.
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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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New Covent Garden Market

The Largest wholesale fruit, vegetable and flower market in the UK.
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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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National Maritime Museum

Part of the Greenwich World Heritage site, the museum houses relics, art and information about the history of Britain at sea.
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Barham Park

Open parkland and formal gardens formed from the grounds of Crabs House.
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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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Deptford Market

Food, antiques and collectibles in one of Londons busiest markets.
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Buckingham Palace

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

Bushey Park and the area around it has been inhabited for the last 4,000 years. Henry VIII took over Hampton Court Palace in 1529 and with it gained ownership of Bushy Park, which was established for deer hunting purposes.
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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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Columbia Road Flower Market

Sunday flower market and shops in the East End.
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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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Hunterian Museum

CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT AND DUE TO OPEN AGAIN IN 2021.The museum contains medical research specimens collected by John Hunter in the 18th century as well as displays about surgery up to the modern day.
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Saison Poetry Library

The Saison Poetry Library in the Southbank Centre houses the Arts Council poetry collection which is the largest collection of poetry in the United Kingdom.
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The View

Information centre telling the history of Epping Forest.
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St. Marylebone Church

St Marylebone Parish Church is an Anglican church on Marylebone Road in London. Having had a church on site since around 1200, the current church is the fourth to be built on the site.
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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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Roman Amphitheatre

A 2000 year old roman amphitheatre unearthed beneath the Guildhall in 1988.
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Roding Valley Meadows Nature Reserve

Part of a 160 acre nature reserve bordered by the River Roding.
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Museum of Enfield

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

An ancient woodland with access to the larger Moat Mount woodland.
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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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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

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

Twenty five acres of open space and recreational facilities.
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Loxford Park

Formal landscapes with a variety of recreational facilities.
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Dagnam Park

A historic park with boundaries dating from the 18th century, now forming part of the Manor local nature reserve.
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Minet Country Park

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