When you’re planning a trip to London, we’re sure that you’ve thought about going to take in a show at the theatre or visit a museum or art gallery to have the best holiday possible.
Luckily there’s lots of these activities to choose from in the city but if you’re starting to worry that all this fun is going to break the bank the don’t because you can actually do a lot of these things for free.
Just because something is cultural doesn’t mean that it has to cost a fortune and in fact some of the most interesting places to visit in the city won’t cost you a penny to visit. This is particularly good if you are travelling in a group or with your family when costs can start to stack up during the vacation.
To get you started on your free tour of fun things to do when you’re in London, we’ve outlined five spots for you to check out and hope you enjoy them all.
Museums are great
Most of London’s museums are free to enter, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and many others. It’s hard to pick which ones are better than the others, but the two we’ve mentioned above are particularly good for you to visit because they’re right next to each other.
They’re also massive, so you can literally spend hours in each one learning something new and doing something fun and educational together as a family. There are specific areas of the museums that are curated for children’s interactive experiences, which means that they aren’t going to become bored or distracted easily!
Don’t forget that there are excellent gift shops and play areas, so there’s something to grab their attention if they get tired walking around.
The location of the museums is good too, as they’re in South Kensington, which is near Knightsbridge and Tottenham Court Road, meaning that you can find something to eat or drink nearby.
Similarly, Harrods isn’t far down the road from the museums and with seven floors of clothes, food, there’s something for everything – the store even has a whole floor of pets and exotic animals!
Going to the theatre on the cheap
Although it’s a little bit more difficult to find free theatre shows, the rewards are well worth the search and you’re going to see independent and upcoming directors and actors showcasing their work. You might even get to see someone in their early days before they become big stars and you can say you saw them way back when!
One of the best places to enjoy free theatre is at The Scoop, which is located outside City Hall. This is the perfect time of year to check out the calendar of events because it comes to life in the summer right through to the end of October.
On the first Thursday of every month, as many as 150 galleries in the east end of London throw their doors open and offer events, talks and private viewings to the artistic and culturally aware public.
This day every month is referred to as a gallery crawl by those who do it regularly and if you haven’t been to this area before it’s a great way to get to learn about the hotspots for theatre and be part of the vibrant calendar of events.
Music in the church hall
Much like museums and art galleries, it’s surprisingly easy to find great free music in the city – particularly if you’re going to be spending time around Camden. There are so many different blues, rock and jazz bars for you to go to that play live music while you’re sitting enjoying a drink.
If this type of music isn’t your sort of thing then you can also find great free classical music at the very beautiful Union Chapel in Islington. Every Saturday, the chapel has a Daylight Music event that hosts two hours worth of free music and the acts are a really interesting variety but classical fans will be pleased with the predominant featuring on the events list.
If you want to really expand your mind and get involved with some intellectual and stimulating conversation, we recommend that you drop in on one of the many talks that are available around the city.
Two of the best spots are University College London and the London School of Economics, where you can enjoy a lunchtime conversation about the latest research that people are working on at the university. They are free for anyone to drop in and at the economics school you can listen to speakers from all over the world.