London – Free Things To Do And Sights To See



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Every capital city is expensive, and London is no exception. For the wise tourist, however, there are plenty of things to do that don’t cost a dime.

London has a lot of museums and many of them are free. The British Museum on Great Russell Street is open every day and doesn’t charge an entrance fee. The National Gallery is a wonderful place to learn about art for free. The Tate Modern, The Tate Britain, The Victoria and Albert, The Natural History Museum and The Science Museum are cost nothing to enter.

The main London attractions can be seen on foot. Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye and Tower Bridge are all in close proximity and don’t cost anything to see from the street.

The Changing of the Guards is not be missed on a trip to London. Visitors should get there early to get a view of Buckingham Palace as it is one of London’s most popular attractions. Every day in summer and every other day in winter the guards start their ritual at 11.30am on the dot and it is a spectacular sight.

In close proximity to Buckingham Palace is St. James’s Park and along with all the other London parks, it is free to enter. There are even free guided walks where visitors get to see behind the scenes of the upkeep of the park. Hyde Park has the Diana Fountain, free band concerts in summer and Speakers Corner.

Covent Garden is a must on any London itinerary and it doesn’t have to cost anything. The licensed street performers put on fantastic shows and visitors can see comedians, acrobats, singers and dancers all for free.

London’s National Theatre is on Southbank near Waterloo Bridge and has free music and exhibitions in the foyer prior to paying performances. The music ranges from jazz to folk so there is something to suit everyone’s taste.

It is free to worship in Westminster Abbey. Evensong is held every day at 5.00pm and tourists can join in, see the beautiful architecture and listen to the choir without having to pay an entrance fee.

There are many TV shows filmed in London and it is free to be a member of the audience. A little advanced planning is required, but all TV buffs have to do is visit the websites tvrecordings.com or bbc.co.uk/showsandtours/tickets to see what’s available.

It is easy to take in the best of London safe in the knowledge that it won’t break the bank.

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