London has several free attractions for tourists, and there’s something available for everyone. The city is home to world-class museums, beautiful parks and historical landmarks.
Specific London hostels that offer private rooms have nearby tourist spots within their vicinity, providing tourists with easy access to these areas.
Here are some activities that visitors to London can check out for free:
The National Gallery in London is home to one of the world’s most notable art collections and receives more than six million tourists each year. Art enthusiasts can enjoy the works of Rembrandt, Vermeer, Botticelli and Van Gogh in this gallery located in Trafalgar Square. To avoid the crowds, visit on a weekday morning or Friday evening.
Tate Modern is considered Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art and is one of London’s most loved attractions. The museum is located in what as once Bankside Power Station on the south bank of the Thames. Its permanent collection includes works by Dali, Matisse, Cezanne, Pollock and Warhol.
Visit some gardens
The Royal Parks span over 5,000 acres of quality green spaces across eight parks in London. Each of these attractions is free and open daily. Tourists can take a stroll, connect with nature or enjoy outdoor concerts in any of these venues.
Hyde Park is situated right in the heart of London. The garden offers plenty of quiet places for visitors to relax and unwind. They can also join the joggers and walkers sweating it out within the premises. Hyde Park has a long history as a site of protest, and still hosts marches and rallies today.
Kensington Gardens used to be part of Hyde Park. The gardens offer a mix of old and new park pastimes and vast green spaces. The Princess of Wales’ Memorial Playground is located within the park, where over a million people visit every year. The Kensington Garden Allotment is a picturesque space run by volunteers. Visitors can pick up tips for growing fruit and vegetables.
Hampstead Heath is one of London’s wildest green spaces, spanning a vast proportion of northern London. Visitors can stroll across the grass, clamber through the gnarled trees or take in the view of London from Parliament Hill.
Get a dose of history
Trafalgar Square is both a tourist attraction and public space located in the heart of London. It is a site for celebrations, protests, art and events. The Square is open to the public 24 hours a day and is surrounded by galleries, cultural spaces and historic buildings. The Cafe on the Square is a favourite spot for London residents and visitors. If you get hungry, China Town is a few minutes walk away.
Trafalgar Square used to be home to a large flock of pigeons. It was once a widespread practice to feed the birds, and sellers provided birdseed in the area. However, the dung of pigeons living in the Square began to disfigure the stonework. Selling of feed stopped in 2001.
Today, feeding the pigeons is highly discouraged in Trafalgar Square. The area is much cleaner, and almost entirely free of pigeons.
Going out in London needn’t cost an arm and leg. There are many places the public can go to for free and enjoy cultural activities of pleasant and historical walks.