London is expensive, so how can you save money? Look for things to enjoy in London for free! Those ticket prices add up in a hurry when you have to pay admission. This article presents several venues and activities that do not cost a penny to see.
Remember, whenever something costs you 10 Pounds, that is really about 14 US Dollars or 11 Euros (give or take). You will find plenty of admissions that are 10 or 15 Pounds and more. You will want to see the Tower of London … and you should, but the admission fee is 17 Pounds … that is $25 or 20 Euros!
So what can you see in London for free?
Lots of things.
First of all, think museums. Almost all of the museums in London are free: the British Museum, the Tate Britain, and the Tate Modern; also, the National Galley in Trafalgar Square. It is full of old master’s paintings.
See Trafalgar Square itself with its column monument to Lord Nelson. St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church is in one corner of Trafalgar Square. Admiralty Arch marks the entrance to the square. If you go through Admiralty Arch, you end up on the Mall.
Walk down The Mall to see the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Join the crowds at the fence. The ceremony takes place at 11:30, but to get a good vantage point, you will want to arrive earlier. If there is no crowd, you will know you are there on the wrong day. They do not perform the ceremony every day. Check the schedule before you go.
You could go in another direction from Trafalgar Square and walk down Whitehall Street. Stop into a pub for a pint … you will have to pay for that, but you do have to eat, and Whitehall connects Trafalgar Square to Parliament Square. Pause to peer through the fence at Downing Street, and see if you can catch a glimpse of 10 Downing Street where the Prime Minister lives.
The Bobbies probably will not let you pause for long, though. At Parliament Square, you can see the outside of the Parliament Building, take pictures of Big Ben, and walk the Westminster Bridge for free.
Westminster Abbey is across the street from Parliament. There is an admission fee … they need it to maintain the building, but the Abbey says they will never turn away worshippers. There are free organ recitals on Sundays. Check their website to see details.
You can wander around in any of the London Parks and Gardens. St. James Park offers some of the best views of Buckingham Palace in London. Enjoy the show as speakers get up on their soapbox at Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park. Free speech is alive and well, and some of it may sound a little tedious, but there will be plenty of hecklers to spice up that action. The Diana Memorial Statue is also in Hyde Park.
Another fun thing to do is to walk the Victoria Embankment along the River Thames and take pictures of all the famous sights along the river. Take in the shops and theaters around Piccadilly Circus.
Use your walking tour and your time seeing London for free to choose where you want to spend your hard-earned vacation money.
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