London is the biggest city in the UK, and is full of touristy things to do, bars to visit, events to attend, and sights to see, with much more available as well.
January is a long and cold month for us all, and with many of us not wanting to splash the cash in the city, there are still a lot of free things to do in the capital.
We’ve put together 10 free places to visit in London, that will save the pennies and achieve more memories and adventures.
- Buckingham Palace
London is home to the Queen and the rest of the royal family, and Buckingham Palace is the official residence for the monarch.
Buckingham Palace is the go to destination for tourists, and it’s completely free to take a picture outside the gates and you might even be able to get a picture with one of the guards.
Unfortunately, to go inside and visit there is a charge but admiring a piece of history from outside is priceless.
- Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament is the iconic political building, and meeting place of the House of Commons and House of Lords. They make the two houses of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
You can find the Houses of Parliament on the north bank of the River Thames in the City of Westminster.
Not only will you be able to see the historic building, but it’s also home to the world’s most famous clock, Big Ben.
- Sky Garden
On the 37th floor of the Walkie Talkie building Sky Garden has impressive 360-degree views over the city. The area is a public space and is therefore free to go up, however, booking ahead is necessary.
When visiting these views, the spectacular area also offers a gourmet, garden oasis operated by renowned caterer rhubarb. Spread across floors 35, 36 and 37, the destination restaurants – comprising Sky Pod, City Garden Rooftop Bar, Darwin Brasserie and Fenchurch Restaurant – offer all-day dining and drinking in the sky together with the highest rooftop gardens in London.
The gorgeous green gardens by renowned landscape architect Gillespies elegantly surround the restaurants as well as many activities from early morning yoga, cinema nights with a view, to live music sessions; Sky Garden has something for everyone.
- Natural History Museum
For those of you who love History, the National History Museum is a must visit. The museum offers the public a chance to come face to face with a T-Rex, or even experience the earthquake simulator.
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There is so much on offer, you’ll be able to discover new facts and learn a lot more about the past.
- Platform 9 ¾ King’s Cross
Harry Potter fans, this one is for you!
King’s Cross station has the exactly replica trolley, where fans can take a picture with it and pretend they are going through to the magical world.
- Tate Modern
The Tate Modern is located on the south bank of the Thames, and is one of the most loved attraction in the city. You can access the Tate for free and holds work by famous artists such as Warhol, Pollock and Matisse.
Visit the café upstairs, and see a beautiful view of the Thames.
- Borough Market
Borough Market is open from Monday to Saturday, and has plenty of foods to offer. The market has a lot to offer, whether you’re looking for a quick fix meal, somewhere to wonder or if you’re on a cheat day and you want to eat everything in sight!
- Carnaby Street
Located in the heart of Soho, Carnaby Street has over 150 shops, and over 50 independent restaurants and bars on offer.
You might be leaving with slightly empty pockets, but the atmosphere from the street is something you won’t be able to experience anywhere else.
- Stroll down Southbank
Southbank is the perfect place to simply stroll along, and appreciate the surroundings around you. The views of St Paul’s, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge are all to take in, and best yet it’s all free.
- St Paul’s Cathedral
St Paul’s is one of the most recognizable buildings in London, and is a highlight of the city’s skyline.
Not only is a magnificent to look at from the outside, but the inside is a equally as beautiful, and you can enjoy hymns sung by a choir.