20 Free Things To Do In London

 

It’s not a secret that London is hella expensive. Here are some proofs to make sure we’re on the same page. I paid £10 for an espresso and 3 mini cupcakes, and I mean… teeny tiny mini cupcakes; when in home I can probably buy around 12 regular size cupcakes from a good quality bakery (rolling eyes emoji please!). I paid £5 for snacking a plate of Dutch pancakes with warm Nuttela and icing sugar, take away, in a market, not in a fancy cafe when you can sit down in a comfy sofa with the fastest wifi ever. Another example, £11 for a regular lunch (burger, fries, and lemonade), super basic! Not to mention by the time I was there, more than 1.5 years ago, before all of the Brexit drama, the British Pound Sterling’s still very strong (£ 1 = around IDR 20.000). Now you do the Math!

But the truth is, behind these crazy price tags in London, this hectic city also offers so much free things to do and see. There are still a lot of activities that you can do in London without breaking your bank account. Most of the museums are free to enter, and I tell you, London takes their museums seriously! Sightseeing is also free. For example in Indonesia, if you want to see Borobudur temple you need to buy a ticket to enter the area and see the temple up close, right? In London you can stand as close as possible to the landmark without paying any penny. I mean, I can totally see why London is always flooded with tourists from all around the globe.

If you’re thinking twice about visiting London because it’s so freaking expensive, please don’t. Go ahead because London is simply amazing with so much free things to do. Here are just 20 of them!

1. Admire BIG BEN (both day and night)

Big Ben

2. Try to take a perfect LONDON EYE picture

London Eye

3. See the TOWER BRIDGE fold up the bridge to let the big ship pass by (usually happen twice a day) or just walk across it

Tower Bridge

4. Get lost in CAMDEN & STABLES MARKET Camden Market

5. Meeting dinos at NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM and admire the old building

Natural History Museum

6. Find PLATFORM 9 ¾ in Kings Cross Station and head to Hogwards

Platform 9 3/4 Kings Cross

7. Visit BUCKINGHAM PALACE and find out if the Queen’s home (Hint: if the Union Jacks’s flying on top of the Palace, that means the Queen is out!)

Buckingham Palace

8. Find Sherlock Holmes tiles in BAKER STREET TUBE STATION (This is tricky! You need to find the right Tube Line to find it!)

Baker Street Tube Station

9. Make a phone call (or pretending to) inside a RED TELEPHONE BOX

Red Telephone Box

10. Window shopping in OXFORD STREET

Oxford Street

11. Watch the CHANGING GUARDS (watch your wallet as well! Apparently there’re pickpockets)

Changing Guards

12. (Maybe) tease the HORSE GUARD Horse Guard

13. Learn history from around the world in the BRITISH MUSEUM

British Museum

14. Go inside a PRETTY BOOK STORE (it’s called Daunts Books)

Daunts Books

15. Drooling at BOROUGH MARKET

Borough Market

16. Find the famous rainbow houses in NOTTING HILL

Notting Hill

17. Watch street performers at COVEN GARDEN (Whoops! Ladies, don’t be distracted by the store behind!)

Covent Garden

18. Picnic in the PARKS

St. James Park

19. Spot the tallest building in London, THE SHARD

The Shard

20. Enjoy the night in PICCADILLY CIRCUS

Piccadilly Circus

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24 comments

  1. Great tips! I hardly ever go to London as the price puts me off, but it’s great to know there are still some fab free things to do to! Strolling around markets is one of my fave things to do anyway so yey for me! 😀

    1. Thanks! Platform 9 3/4 is funny to watch though. There are 2 officers, one for taking your pictures, and one for flying the scarf! Haha

  2. I was overwhelmed with how many tourists there were flooding every attraction we went to…I ended up high-tailing it out of London pretty quickly and haven’t been back…. Maybe one day…
    Brighton was more my pace 😉

    1. Hi Nicole! Yeah London is always busy and crowded! And omg yes, I wanna visit Brighton as well, it seems super chill and relaxing! 😀

  3. Okay, first of all – these pictures are insanely gorgeous. I’m especially fascinated with the building of the natural history museum, wow. 2nd – great article, i think these are especially useful because everyone benefits from it.

    1. Thanks Flo! Hahaha yeah, London’s weather is a lil’ bit crazy! I love walking around Baker Street/Marylebone area as well, it’s pretty cool area!

    1. Hi Carly! Yes, you definitely should check that out! It’s a travel-bookstore, a heaven for us who love to travel! Haha 😀

  4. I’m from London and your post is making me miss it so much! You’re right about how expensive it is (imagine having to live there everyday, travel prices are the worst too!) You’ve covered so much ground in this post, although I wouldn’t really want to pose in one of those phone-boxes for long… they usually smell like piss haha.

    1. Hi Natasha! Where are you living now? Yes, I can imagine how though to live there in London. Btw, thank God I didn’t really go in the telephone box! LOL

  5. Love the list! I did about 10 of those things when I went 2 years ago. Didn’t get to go to the museum, will have to check it out next time!

    1. Hi! Thank you Tay! The museums are always packed since they’re free. But the collections are amazing and the building itself is so beautiful! 😀

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