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.


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


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.


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


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.


The Worlds greatest museum of art and design.


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


Grade I Jacobean Manor House, with exhibitions and gardens.


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


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


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


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


The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street was founded in 1694 to act as the governments banker.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


The Business Design Centre in Islington is host to a number of free exhibitions across the year, although not all of them are free. For more details as well as information on upcoming events


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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


Market and shopping district famous for street entertainers where you can enjoy shopping, theatre, restaurants and bars in a historical setting.


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.


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


All Hallows is the oldest church in the City of London. It houses a museum in the crypt and offers free guided tours.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


St Saviours church became Southwark Cathedral in 1905. It holds 5 services each day and one of its bells weighing at 48cwt is in the top ten heaviest change ringing bells in existance.


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


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


Huge arch made of Italian marble built in 1827.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.