With a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world anyone going to London for a visit should be looking at ways to save money. There are a lot of things in the city that are free that visitors can enjoy. Here are just a few of the best places to visit that will not cost a penny.
1. Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
One of the most iconic sights in London is the famous Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. This happens each morning at 11am and is very popular with visitors. Just take your place on the pavement outside and wait for the band to strike up.
2. Ride a Boris Bike
All over London visitors will see the famous bike stands with Boris Bikes installed. You do need a credit card to leave some security against the bike not being returned but the first 90 minutes on one of these bicycles is free. With lovely parks and some good cycle lanes just plan your journey and when you have finished leave the bike in any of the stands that can be found in Central London.
3. Visit a Museum
Many of the museums in London are free to visitors. These include the famous British Museum in Great Russell Street and also the Museum of London which tells the story of this great city. The National Portrait Gallery is another free museum and is very interesting, and is just outside the famous Trafalgar Square. Another lesser known place is the Horniman Museum which has a fascinating collection of treasures and is located in Forest Hill, London.
4. Free Speech
On the edge of Hyde Park is a place where anyone can give a speech. This is Speakers Corner and has many impromptu talks and speeches about anything and everything. This is free to see and listen to and is part of the culture in Britain.
5. Westminster Abbey
If you want to see the place where William and Kate were married and the location of Diana’s Funeral then Westminster Abbey is the place to visit. It is also the location for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and also Poet’s Corner. A lot of British history is within the Abbey and it is one of the classic sights. Look out for the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben which are just over the road.
6. Take a walk
London is a great place for walking and there are several good routes around town from Regents Park to walking through Piccadilly. A favourite is to walk from Westminster bridge along the Embankment and the River Thames to St Pauls Cathedral. There are lots of sights that visitors will see along this route and it is a really pleasant way to see some of London’s landmarks.
This is just a few of the free attractions in London and visitors will find there are many more.
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