There’s no getting around it: London is expensive. But while the cost of living and visiting may seem high, the UK capital has a lot to do and see that doesn’t cost a thing. In fact, there are so many free things to do in London that days go by when I don’t spend much at all.
One of the great things about London is that a lot of the city’s best-loved attractions are free.
Most of the big museums are free to enter, a lot of the best views of the city are free to enjoy, and there’s tons of free entertainment on offer.
Above all, the city is beautiful enough that just walking around is a highlight in its own right.
I’ve picked my favorite free things to do in London for this blog post, and there are plenty more to experience on top of them. I hope they encourage you to see more of London while spending less.
Free Things to Do in London: The Parks
The parks are my favorite free things in London. From the Royal Parks to the local squares, London has an amazing amount of green space for a city its size. And that’s to say nothing of the gardens, which are worth a special trip to see.
1. Hyde Park
Hyde Park is one of London’s biggest and best parks, and is a great place to take in the flowers and watch the boats go by on the Serpentine.
2. St James’s Park
St James’s Park is full of birds from around the world and has beautiful gardens bordering the lake. The views from the bridge are stunning, too.
3. Green Park
Green Park is perfect for picnics in the warmer months, and has impressive daffodils in the spring. It’s a great place to wander after a visit to Buckingham Palace or a stroll down Piccadilly.
4. Holland Park
Holland Park has manicured gardens, peacocks, and lots of woodland walking paths. The spring flowers are gorgeous (as are the summer ones), and the Kyoto Garden is always a treat.
5. Regent’s Park
Regent’s Park is lovely when the roses are in bloom. The park also has events and festivals on throughout the year. But with lakes, gardens, and playing fields galore, there are enough free things to do in London without needing to pay for more.
6. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath is one of London’s wildest parks. It’s a great place to go to feel far from the urban center of London. The views of the city from Parliament Hill are amazing, too.
7. Victoria Park
Victoria Park is full of gardens and boats, and is the perfect place for a wander in east London. From water features to a Chinese pagoda, there’s a lot to discover here.
8. Richmond Park
Richmond Park is famous for its deer, and its vast expanse makes it ideal for a good leg stretch. It’s packed with views, dogs, and horses, too, so there’s always something to see.