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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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'.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


Huge arch made of Italian marble built in 1827.


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.


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.


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 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.


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


St Mary Le Bow was destroyed in the Great Fire of London in 1666 before being rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren. The definition of a cockney is someone born within earshot of the Bow Bells, which refers to the bells of this church.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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.