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5 things to do in the City of London without spending a penny

London is surely one of the most entertaining cities in the world. From world-class museums to street performances, London offers entertainment beyond expectation. It is difficult to find another comparable city.

If you are on a tight budget or saving money for a better tomorrow, you often find that spending money on entertainment is often at the bottom of the list. But entertainment needn’t be all about spending money, there are plenty of things to do and see in London – completely free of cost.

 

Here’s a list of 5 free things to do in London:

National Gallery

 

The National Gallery was established in 1824 as a place for the collection of new art serving the purpose of education and entertainment. In the beginning, the gallery contained only 38 pieces of art. But, now it is home to over 2,000 splendid works of art.

People can visit the National Gallery for free as it has been from the beginning. You can stand and admire the famous “Sunflowers” by Van Gogh or immerse yourself in the “Surprised” by Henri Rousseau.

The gallery also hosts music concerts and exhibitions which may carry entry tickets. But for the most part, it is free. It also holds free sessions for families on Sundays and holidays. There are even specific art and creative workshops for children and those with specific interests.

 

British Museum

British Library is undoubtedly one of the best museums in the world which is visited by more than six million visitors every year. It was founded in the year 1753, with notable collection from over two million years. You can catch a glimpse of most things from Parthenon sculptures to Egyptian mummies and various contemporary works of art.

It is the surely one of the best places to explore and experience various cultures of the world under one roof.

British Museum also hosts various special events, exhibitions, and displays representing their diversity.

 

Design Museum

 

Design Museum is an eye bleach for contemporary art and design lovers. It covers a wide range of art from fashion, graphic, digital, product, architecture and many more. Design museum also organizes inspiring talks and family activities.

You can also be a part of the activities with enriched creative acts and understand the importance of its implications.

For over 27 years, the Design Museum was located in Tower Bridge and has now shifted to Kensington High Street. The new museum opened in 2016 and is more spacious the former. You can spend your day admiring the beauty of some of the most innovative designs in various displays, exhibitions, and pop-ups.

 

Hyde Park

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Hyde Park, a part of the Royal Parks of London is one of the largest parks in London. It is about 1.5 miles long and a mile wide. Inside the park is The Serpentine, one of London’s oldest boating lake. Here, you can catch a glimpse of coots, ducks, swans, and grebes.

The park was also the spot for the Great Exhibition of 1851 where the famous Crystal Palace was built. With the legalization of public assembly, it also became a home to Speakers’ corner.  It also houses Lady Diana’s commemorative memorial. In the nineteenth century, it was a notable hotspot for mass demonstrations and also serves a similar purpose till date.

During the months of May-October, many volunteers help visitors ferry around the park in their electric buggies. They don’t charge but you can donate to them if you wish. When the weather heats up, you can cool yourself down in The Joy of Life fountain – often a big hit with the little ones.

The park also hosts a variety of concerts and also the Winter Wonderland Christmas market and fair in the winter.

 

Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park, a 182-acre grassland enclosure, honored as one of the oldest Royal Parks. It is also a World Heritage Site. It is surely a unique place to visit because it is the place where the Prime Meridian Line passes. The line in Greenwich represents the historic Prime Meridian of the World – Longitude 0º. Every place on Earth was measured in terms of its distance east or west from this line. The line itself divided the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth – just as the Equator divides the northern and southern hemispheres.

Today, the park is also an urban sanctuary and home to foxes, deer, and more than 70 species of birds. It is beyond just a park. It has six tennis courts, boating lake, the National Maritime Museum, royal heritage, fantastic restaurants and various points of interests. In addition to all this, there is the beautiful riverside view.

If you love trekking, then climb to the top of the hill catch spectacular views of the Thames river and Central London.

These are some of the best ways to spend your day in London without spending a penny. If you think that we should add something more to the list, do comment on it and we will cover it in our next article for you.

 

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