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


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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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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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Chiswick House Gardens

The gardens of the 18th century Chiswick House are inspired by classical Roman design and were created by landscape architect William Kent.
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Upminster Park

A green flag park in central Upminster.
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Stockley Country Park

One of the largest man made parks in London at 274 acres.
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Old Blackfriars Railway Bridge Pillars

The old Blackfriars railway bridge was largely demolished in 1985.
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Harrow School Old Speech Room Gallery

The Old Speech Room is located in the old school building and was built in 1819-21.
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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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Thornton Heath Recreation Ground

One of Croydons oldest parks opened in 1884.
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Cleopatras Needle

An obelisk and sphinx statues brought from Egypt in 1878 to commemorate the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte.
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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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Charterhouse

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

Opened in 1902, South Park retains many features from that date and is home to a number of water fowl species and three species of bat.
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Barra Hall Park

The park was formerly the grounds of the Jacobean style mansion Barra Hall which is now grade II listed.
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Ham Lands

Over 175 acres of local nature reserve beside the River Thames.
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Royal Institute of British Architects

The British Architectural Library maintains one of the worlds finest collections of architectural drawings, photographs and models.
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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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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Clattern Bridge

One of the oldest bridges in Surrey with parts dating from the 12th century.
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Platform 9 and 3 Quarters

Kings Crosses Platform 9 and three quarters of Harry Potter fame.
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Clarefield Park

A nature conservation site developed from wasteland.
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Jubilee Gardens

Pleasant gardens with a childrens playground at the foot of the London Eye.
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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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Royal Festival Hall

Opened in 1951 the Royal Festival Hall is the main performance venue in the Southbank Centre.
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Coombe Wood

Woodland with ornamental gardens that are divided into a series of themed "rooms".
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Twickenham Bridge

The first bridge in the UK to use permanent hinges as expansion joints and is listed as a grade II structure.
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Dulwich Park

A green flag award winning park that was refurbished in 2006. The web site has a downloadable nature trail leaflet.
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Valentines Mansion

Recently resored grade II listed mansion.
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M and M World

M&M World in central London is a megastore dedicated to the chocolatey treats. With just about as much merchandise as you could possibly imagine, M&M World is certainly something to see whilst you're passing by.
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Finsbury Park Skate Park

A smallish skate park with a pair of concrete bowls.
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Ordnance Survey Cannon

Ordnance Survey maps are based around the cannons located in Roy Grove, Hampton, and on the Northern Perimeter Road by Heathrow Airport five miles away.
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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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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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Chinatown

Chinatown is an area of London where there is a vibrant Chinese community, the entrance is marked by an ornate Chinese gateway.
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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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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Christchurch Greyfriars Rose Garden

Garden on the site of the church that was destroyed by a bomb in 1940.
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Redbridge Museum

Located in Ilford Central Library, the museum was opened in 2000.
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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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Church House Gardens

Ornamental gardens with a lake which originally were the grounds of Church House, which was destroyed in World War Two.
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Grove Park Nature Reserve

A variety of habitats on a site that was previously used as railway sidings and allotments.
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Bentley Priory Nature Reserve

Sixty six hectares of meadows, woodlands and ponds adjoining the site of the former RAF Bentley Priory, the operations centre during the Battle Of Britain.
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Thames Barrier Park

The park is located on the North bank of the river and has great views of the Thames Barrier.
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St Brides Church

One of the oldest churches in London, it was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666 and rebuilt, the new design being by Sir Christopher Wren. This is known as the "Printers Cathedral" and the "Journalists Church".
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Harrow Museum

This museum of local history occupies four historic buildings: the Tithe Barn, the Granery, the Small Barn and Headstone Manor a Grade I listed, moated manor house.
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Ravensbury Park

Sixteen acres of public space bordered by the River Wandle.
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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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Islip Manor Park

A formal park with flower beds with the west of the site being managed for nature.
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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Museum of anthropology and natural history that is set in a 15 acre garden.
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London Wall

A section of the Roman London Wall built around AD200 adjoining the Tower of London.
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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