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.


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.


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


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.


The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.


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.


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


Chancery Lane is home to the London Silver Vaults. Opened in 1876, the Vaults were originally provided as a place to story household silver and jewellery.


Grade I Jacobean Manor House, with exhibitions and gardens.


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


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


This museum is the place to go to find out about human history and culture from all over the world.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


The buildings date from the 17th century and were designed by Sir Christopher Wren who also designed St Pauls Cathedral.


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


Arguably the worlds most famous department store with seven floors and over 300 departments of luxury shopping.


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.


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


Famous busy junction with neon and video signs and a statue of Eros and fountain.


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.


Footbridge over the river Thames giving great views of St Pauls Cathedral, the Tate Modern Art Gallery and Shakespeares Globe Theatre.


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


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.


Memorial to the 52 people who lost their lives in the July 7th bombings in London in 2005.


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


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


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.


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


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


The Goldsmiths Hall was opened in 1835 and is now open to the public when exhibitions are running.


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.


National Museum of modern and contemporary art.


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.


Multi-arts and conference centre with a variety of events and exhibitions some of which are free to attend. It is the largest performing arts centre of its type in Europe.


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.


Erected in 1840-3 as a memorial to Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson who died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805


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


Originally installed to allow police to keep an eye on protests, the southeast corner of Trafalgar Square houses what many call the world?s smallest police station.


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.


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


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


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


Beautiful cemetery opened in 1840 regarded as one of the finest Victorian cemetries in the country.


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


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


This is one of the Royal Residences and a historical building originally purchased by William and Mary in 1689.


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.


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


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


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.


Statue of Winston Churchill and Franklin D Roosevelt in conversation on a bench outside Bonhams.


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.


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


This is where the majority of London film premieres are held. There are 4 major cinemas in the square.


The Kings Stone or Coronation Stone is an ancient stone block used in ancient times as the site of coronation for Anglo-Saxon kings. Kings said to be coronated here are Aethelstan in 925, Eadred in 946, Aethelred the Unready in 979.


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


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.


Trafalgar Square hosts annual Christmas carol evenings under a massive Christmas Tree in the center of the square. Thousands of people head there to get involved in the Christmas spirit, in one of London's biggest festive get togethers.


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.


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


Built between 1886 and 1894, Tower Bridge is one of the most iconic landmarks in the country. This huge structure crossing the River Thames is certainly one of the best known and most loved attractions. The bridge has a long history, but the change that made it into what we know today occurred in 1977, when the bridge was painted red, white and blue to commemorate Queen Elizabeth II's silver jubilee, before then it had been painted a greenish-blue colour. Still operational as an opening bridge, the road crossing can be closed in order for the roadway to be lifted up to allow large boats to come through and enter the City of London. For the vast majority of the time though it remains closed, allowing visitors and locals alike a superb route across the River Thames using this magnificent piece of Victorian engineering.

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.