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TOTALLY AWESOME FREE PLACES TO ADD TO YOUR LONDON BUCKET LIST!

Free things to do in London? You bet there is! Read on to find out more…

Tower Bridge view from the Tower of London

I have been to London many times, so I know this city has a reputation for being a tad expensive, but you can still spend a few days here without breaking the bank! There are plenty of free things to do to help your cash stretch a little further, from museums and galleries through to parks, statues and iconic landmark buildings.

I’m going to share with you ten wonderful places I have visited on my many trips to London, which are completely free, so this will make your exciting London trip more affordable.

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Part of the beautiful London skyline, including St. Paul’s cathedral
The front façade of Buckingham Palace

BUCKINGHAM PALACE

The first time I visited here was on a winters evening, completely shrouded in darkness, yet I thought the palace looked incredible. When I returned a few years later, it was on a summer afternoon and it was like seeing it again for the first time. The detailed façade of the building was even more beautiful to look at – despite being behind huge iron gates! If you happen to be there at 11.30 am, you can witness the daily Changing of the Guard ceremony. [>>>>> Full Post Click Here <<<<<]

Westminster, London SW1 1AA | www.royal.uk

HYDE PARK

Hyde Park

During a visit to London, I decided to see what all the fuss was about and have a look around Hyde Park. I have to admit, I was underwhelmed. It’s just a large green space where the locals and tourists go to sit on the grass and eat their lunch or catch up with friends. It is spread over 145 acres with some nice paths lined with plants and a lake which has a memorial to the late Princess Diana, but that’s about it.

www.royalparks.org.uk

PICCADILLY CIRCUS

The awesome Piccadilly Circus at night

Bright, fun, loud and extremely busy, Piccadilly Circus is a great place to visit. It’s like a small-scale Times Square with giant billboards, big TV screens, lovely architecture and excellent selfie opportunities! The great thing about this area is that whether you are visiting day or night, it will have the same buzz and excitement in the air. During the evening at Christmas time, the streets are adorned in festive lights which are an impressive sight to see.

Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 9HS

THE BRITISH MUSEUM

The front façade of the British Museum

With spectacular displays from across the globe including places such as China, America and Egypt, the British Museum is one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited.

I only had around an hour to explore the museum, and as I am a massive fan of all things Egyptian, I headed straight over to this section first and all I can say is wow! Just wow! The museum has such an amazing collection that you could spend hours just in the Egyptian area alone. One item not to be missed is the infamous Rosetta stone. It was stolen many years ago by the British, but the UK Government isn’t interested in giving it back.

One of the mummies on display at the British Museum. How incredible is this coffin?

There is also a fantastic Assyrian section. The British Museum holds one of the largest collections from this era outside of Iraq. [>>>>> Full Post Click Here <<<<<]

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG | www.britishmuseum.org

TRAFALGAR SQUARE

Nelson’s Column at Trafalgar Square

This is the place where Londoners come together to meet up with friends, host or attend protests and check out the nearby attractions. When I visited here, I saw the famous Nelson’s Column erected for Lord Nelson in 1805 after the victory over Napoleon. You can also check out the free National Gallery located here, in a beautiful building boasting Corinthian Columns at the front. A word of warning, Trafalgar Square will be very busy no matter what time of day you go!

Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN | www.trafalgarsquare.com

HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT

A shot of the side of Westminster, with a statue or Oliver Cromwell in the background

Approaching from Westminster Bridge, you’ll get a fantastic view of Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. If you’re lucky, you may even hear the famous chimes. The first time I heard the big clock, it was a couple of days before Christmas at around 5 pm. I was so excited when I got to listen to the official “DONG! DONG!” This was a very special moment.

The beautiful stone work on the façade of the Houses of Parliament

Big Ben is only a small part of the houses of Parliament. This is where British law is decided, legislation is debated and decisions are made by MPs who often proceed to do as they please! But despite all that, its history is fascinating. Up until the 1500s, it was used as a royal residence called the Palace of Westminster. The structure you see today was built in Victorian times after a terrible fire destroyed large parts of the original building [>>>>> Click Here Full Article <<<<<]

Westminster, London SW1A 0AA | www.parliament.uk

WESTMINSTER ABBEY

A close up of the beautiful Westminster Abbey

Every time I have been to London, I say that I will brave the crowds and long queues to finally make it inside the Abbey. But so far, the crowds have bested me. Though, I will say that from the outside, it is beautiful. The style of the building is similar to Notre Dame in Paris, with its light-coloured stone and ornate sculptures that adorn the exterior. I love the stonework above the entrance. It is decorated with three-dimensional ornaments of priests with rows of courtiers underneath.

20 Deans Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA | www.westminster-abbey.org

TOWER BRIDGE

A busy walk across Tower Bridge

Whether you just want to capture a good selfie or walk across it, Tower Bridge is fantastic. Make sure you stop for at least a few minutes to appreciate the amazing views of the Thames, and if you’re lucky enough, you might catch a glimpse of the bridge lifting up in the middle to let passing ships through. Tower Bridge is right near the infamous Tower of London, hence the name, making it a great easy to get to the location for when you’re done visiting the Tower.

Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP | www.towerbridge.org.uk

WELLINGTON ARCH

Wellington Arch, Hyde Park Corner

Located in Hyde Park Corner, this impressive arch was initially supposed to be the entrance to Buckingham Palace. I’m glad it isn’t because the general public now gets to enjoy it. You can head up the steps to take in the panoramic views of London. There is also a little gallery at the top with a gift shop.

1 Apsley Way Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner Roundabout, London W2 2UH England

LEICESTER SQUARE

Leicester Square at night is so beautiful

Leicester Square is the most incredible place. I’ve witnessed hilarious free street performances, attended Victorian-style Christmas markets with a mini fairground, and one evening myself and my husband Zac even got a free cocktail from a new bar that had just opened! We both figured the drink would be the size of a shot glass, but they were massive and had so much alcohol in them that we both forgot that it was -8 degrees on the walk back to Euston Station. Oh, and for the record, they tasted goooooood [>>>>> Click Here Full Article <<<<<].

West End, London WC2H 7LU | www.leicestersquare.london

The Palace of Westminster

And that wraps up my list of free sites to see in London from the places I’ve visited over the years. Yes, there are HEAPS more places to see in this wonderful city, so that makes me even more excited to go back and tick them off my bucket list.

What is your favourite free place or attraction to visit in London? Is there anywhere you would recommend I go on my next visit? Let me know in the comments below.

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