Free Places To Visit In London

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Top London Days Out provides details of free things to do in London.

For London visitors wondering what to do in London we have many suggestions for cheap London sightseeing and places to visit in London.

The majority of London attractions listed are free to visit and include London art galleries, London Zoos (petting), London events, London museums, London parks, the Royal Parks and many other London attractions.

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The City of London has plenty of things to see and do, but so much of it's history can be seen just by seeking out some of the landmarks that commemorate significant events throughout the timeline of the city.

There are also numerous more recent landmarks such as the Shard, The BT Tower (still referred to as The Post Office Tower) and Battersea Power Station. It would be difficult for you to go far on a walk without seeing one of it's many famous landmarks.


One of the most famous sites in London, this twin bascule bridge was built in 1892.


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.


The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.


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


There aren't many ways to travel underneath the Thames on foot, but the Greenwich Foot Tunnel is one such way. Officially included as part of the National Cycle Route 1 running from Inverness to Dover.


Still known by many as The Post Office Tower this is one of Londons tallest buildings and has been a telecommunications centre since the 1960s.


Grade I Jacobean Manor House, with exhibitions and gardens.


One of the most famous sites in London, this twin bascule bridge was built in 1892.


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


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.


Home of the Mayor Of London, the London Assembly and the Greater London Authority.


National Museum of modern and contemporary art.


Jeremy Bentham is one of England's best known philosophers, living between 1748 and 1832. Prior to his death, Bentham had wanted his auto-icon to use his real head, however complications with the mummification of his body did not allow this.


Once the wool staple then one of the Inns of the Chancery, this Tudor building looks very much like it would have done when built in the 16th century.


A fascinating mill that was built as a traditional windmill in 1816 but converted to run on steam in 1902. It has recently been restored.


The famous sculptor Henry Moore has one of his sculptures ? 'Two Piece Reclining Figure No.3' displayed in Brandon Estate on Cooks Road in Kennington.


Major art gallery housing the largest collection of British art in the world in a grade II listed building.


Grade II listed building housing exhibitions about the history of Greenwich.


London Bridge - not all that interesting in itself but you get fantastic views of the Shard, Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and other great landmarks from here.


This fountain is a memorial to Diana, Princess of Wales and was opened in 2004.


The Temple Church was built by the Knights Templar during the 12th Century, during the reign of King John. The building contains stone effigies from the 13th and 14th centuries, and survived heavy bomb damage in World War II.


Designed by Sir Norman Foster this huge office block is 180m high.


County Hall is the former residence of London County Council and the GLC (Greater London Council). It is located on the South Bank of the River Thames next to the London Eye.


A three storey Jacobean Manor House, built in 1623 and situated in parkland.


You can access the British Library for researching over 150 million items or to visit one of the free events or exhibitions.


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


The Gallery contains the national collection of Western European paintings dating from 1200 to 1800.


The Bloody Tower is a World Heritage Site which was originally created by William the Conqueror in the early 1080s and was subsequently developed by successive monarchs over the centuries.


Bunhill Fields is a former burial ground in the Borough of Islington and is now a public garden. Over 2,000 monuments remain to those who are buried here, most notably Daniel Defoe, author of 'Robinson Crusoe' and the poet William Blake.


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.


The poet Robert Browning coined the name Little Venice. Today it is a great place to see canal boats and other craft in a peaceful setting.


This is the pedestrian crossing where the iconic photo of the Beatles was taken for their Abbey Road album cover in 1969.


Gresham College has provided free lectures in the city of London for over 400 years. Since it's formation in 1597, public speakers have offered free lectures to the population on a variety of topics.


The Changing of the Guard happens here everyday in the summer at 11am (10am on Sundays) - on alternate days in the winter.


The Peace Pagoda is located in Battersea Park on the South bank of the River Thames. It was completed in 1985.


The tallest building in Western Europe located at London Bridge station but visible for many miles around.


Built in 1912 the arch was commissioned by King Edward VII in Memory of Queen Victoria and is a Grade 1 listed building.


There has been a dock yard on this site for over 1000 years. It is now used by luxury yachts and historic barges.


The current building was built in 1907 but there has been a court on the site since medieval times.


Opened in 1871 this Grade I listed building is a venue for concerts and exhibitions.


Leinster Gardens in Bayswater is certainly one of the stranger things to be found in London. The houses at numbers 23 and 24 are fake houses, built at the time of a steam powered underground railway in the 1860's.


Huge ferris wheel standing 135 meters tall on the South Bank of the Thames.


Oxo Tower Wharf is a redeveloped 1930s wharf building now housing galleries, exhibitions and events.


Visitors can watch debates taking place in the House of Commons and the House of Lords from the public galleries.


Big Ben is the popular name of the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Bell which has the nickname of Big Ben.


Playground based around a huge wooden pirate ship. Opened in the year 2000 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales.


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


Unmissable museum of the natural world for the young and old alike. There are millions of exhibits including the massive diplodocus cast in the central hall.


Opened on 31st December in 1999 as the Millennium Dome, the O2 Arena is now a vast entertainment complex. Entrance to the complex is free.


In one of the perhaps stranger sights to see in Trafalgar Square is the set of plaques installed to demonstrate the imperial units of measurement.


The London Stone is a fragment of a much larger structure from the Medieval period, having been a tourist attraction during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.


Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, the Royal Hospital was built by King Charles in 1692 to care for soldiers. Parts of the buildings were heavily damaged in the First World War and by a V2 rocket in 1945.


When finished in 1995 this was the largest Hindu temple outside India.


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.


The George Inn on Borough High Street in London is the only surviving galleried coaching inn in London. Rebuilt in 1677, the George has been famous for many years, with Charles Dickens having visited it and making reference to it in 'Little Dorrit'.


The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.


Longplayer is a piece of music that is 1,000 years long, and has been playing since January 1st 2000, and will restart on 31 December 2999. It is based on a computer algorithm which allows the music to be played without repetition for such a long time.


Unveiled on 18 September 2005 this is a memorial to British forces who took part in the Battle of Britain.


One of Londons most famous landmarks, the Abbey has been the church used for coronations since 1066 and is the last resting place of 17 kings and queens.


A gothic building containing the Court of Appeal and the High Court.


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


For any planespotter, 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.


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.


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.


Designed by Sir Christopher Wren, St Pauls Cathedral is one of the best know buildings in London. It was built after the great fire of London and is at least the fourth Cathedral to stand on this site.


In 1854 a severe outbreak of cholera occurred in Soho. The disease, which was previously thought to be air-borne, was traced back to a water pump on Broad Street by physician John Snow.


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


Huge arch made of Italian marble built in 1827.


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


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


The original Cenotaph was a temporary structure erected after the conclusion of the first world war but such was the public feeling for the monument it was replaced by a permenant memorial.


A grand statue and memorial garden commemorating the death of Queen Victoria located in front of Buckingham Palace.


The ancient Egyptian obelisk of Cleopatra's Needle is one of one of four of it's kind around the world, with two of the others in New York and Paris, whilst the fourth of the family remains in it's home nation of Egypt. Dating to almost 3,000 years old, the needle was brought to the London to commemorate Lord Nelson's victory at the Battle of the Nile and Sir Ralph Abercromby's victory at the Battle of Alexandria in the 1800's. At around 21 metres tall, the needle is one of the finest examples of ancient architecture you will find and one of the few that you can find outside of a museum worldwide. If you look at its base you can see damage from a World War One bomb.

Trafalgar Square houses one of the most instantly recognisable landmarks in Nelson's Column. Built to commemorate the admiral's successes in naval battles, the plaque at the base of the column was cast from captured French guns. Standing at a height of 170 feet, Lord Nelson has a watchful eye over the bustling Trafalgar Square and is guarded by four intricately sculpted lions, giving a real sense of just how important Nelson was and still is in British history, and why he was chosen to be immortalised on the column in the centre of the capital of the nation that he fought for.

Follow the Map link below to see all landmarks on an easy to use map of London. Do check their web site before you visit as you may find that they are having a special event or exhibition. You can find a link to their web site on our detailed information page.