On a budget for the summer or just want to explore the capital without spending a fortune? Most of us know that London can be pretty expensive: in some parts, even a sandwich can set you back a few bob, but there’s also a lot of fun to be had for absolutely nothing! Check out our pick of the best free things to do in London.
The British Museum
London has a plethora of unique museums, and most of them don’t have an entrance fee that’s going to break the bank! The British Museum is the country’s largest museum, and also one of the oldest in the world. The museum holds some of the World’s most treasured pieces, including the Rosetta Stone — which was the key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphics. As well as Egyptian mummies, the museum also has Roman and Greek galleries and even an Easter Island head! It is open from 10:00 am – 5: 30 pm daily.
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground
Do you have children to entertain? Are you on a budget? Why not take them to this adventure playground to let off some steam, at no cost. Located at Kensington Gardens, this popular playground is perfect for children up to the age of 12. It consists of a sea monster sculpture, a giant swing, teepees and a tree house. The main attraction here is the wooden sailing ship, surrounded by a mass of sand. The children can have great fun using their imaginations pretending they are on board a ship to somewhere exciting.
Why not take a trip to this museum in Brompton. This large museum is spread across 7 floors, including exhibits which are not only both educational and exciting but also free of charge. You can also experience a flight simulator whilst you are there. This museum is open daily from 10 am- 6 pm. The closest tube is South Kensington. When you’re at the museum be sure to visit the Wonderlab: the Statoil gallery for some hair-raising science shows.
Natural History Museum
You can access this museum through any of the 3 entrances, these can be found on Cromwell Road, Exhibition Road and Queen’s Gate. The museum is open daily from 10:00am- 5:50pm, the last entry is 5:30. Here you can discover the answers to those big nature questions you’ve always had. Or why not delve into stories about the Museum’s scientists and researchers. Uncover the history of how life came to evolve on Earth, from the smallest insects to the largest mammals.
Mudchute Farm and Park
Fancy somewhere different for a day out with the kids? Why not head to Mudchute farm, set in 32 acres of countryside in East London. This farm is one of the largest inner City Farm in Europe. Let your children enjoy getting mucky with the many animals. Why not visit the pets corner for a cuddle. Open daily 09:00am- 5:00pm.