London has been one of my very favourite cities since I was a very little girl. I remember the first time I saw the lights in Piccadilly Circus, and the first time I saw a West End show, but when I lived in London as a student, I started to realize just how expensive things could be! More importantly though, I realized how insanely cheap other things could be, and that’s why I’m sharing some of my favourite free things to do in England’s capital!
5. Stroll along the canals
The canals run all through London, and are lined with houseboats and are easily one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon when the weather is nice. This day I got lucky, we talked to a really cool guy who let us come look in his houseboat, the light was fantastic, and even though it was a little gray, the spring rain held off until we were home!
4. Crash Through the Gate to Platform 9 3/4
I’m a huge Harry Potter fan, and when I found out that the station closest to where I was living was Kings Cross, I was so excited! Yes, the Harry Potter Studio Tour now exists, but its definitely not cheap and not insanely easy to get to without a car, or so I’ve been told. This photo opp is right in the station, and makes for a great profile picture. Plan ahead, wear clothes that would fit in at Hogwarts, and make it look like you’re running through!
3. Fly kites at Parliament Hill in Hampstead Heath
Ok, this one technically may not be free since you may want to buy a kite to fly, but we got a cheap one at a Poundland, for you guessed it, a pound, and so really, it was quite negligible. (That’s me in the white, so you can see ours did fly!) If you don’t want to buy a kite, Parliament Hill is still a great place to see the city and feel like you’re surrounded by nature for a bit.
2. Wander down Southbank
Southbank is one of the neatest places in Central London. You can see views like this, you can visit the Tate Modern, my personal favourite art museum in London, and you can check out the Southbank skate park, which was recently saved from demolition! There are often festivals and different events happening, no matter the time of year (I went to the Christmas market and drank warm cider when I visited in December!)
1. Explore the Natural History Musuem
This museum will always hold such a special place in my heart, as I’ve been coming since I was a very little girl. Growing up, my uncle worked as a botanist here, and so I got more than one behind the scenes tour. Regardless, the magic exists for all those who visit, and without fail, its the one place in the whole city I make sure to stop at every trip back, even if I can only squeeze in a quick glance at the Great Hall. No matter your age, you’ll find something at the Natural History Museum that will delight you.
Do you have a favourite place to visit in London? Tell me in the comments below!