Top free attractions in London

Top free attractions in London
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Explore the jewel in our crown and enjoy the hustle and bustle of our glorious capital city without the need to spend a single penny. From London’s historic museums to peaceful pockets of green, there’s something to suit everyone.

 

Richmond Park

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The largest royal park in London at 2,500 acres, Richmond Park, is a wildlife haven and home to 650 deer, as well as many other plants, animals and butterflies. Explore the picturesque organic woodland garden at the Isabella Plantation or grab a bite to eat at the beautiful Georgian mansion, Pembroke lodge. For the more adventurous, try your hand at power kiting, horse riding or golf, or hire a bike for some off-road cycling.

Sat Nav: TW10 5HS

Website: www.royalparks.org.uk

 

Somerset House

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This Georgian building has courtyards with fountains, two elegant staircases, a
small basement gallery and occasional opening of the house’s catacombs. Lots of events take place here, including exhibitions, guided tours, talks, workshops and much more. In winter, a large ice rink takes over.

Nearest tube: Temple 

Website: www.somersethouse.org.uk

 

The Victoria and Albert Museum 

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Where can you see ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings? The V&A! It's the world’s largest museum of decorative arts, housing a permanent collection of more than 4.5 million objects in an architecturally interesting Victorian building.

Nearest tube: South Kensington 

Website: www.vam.ac.uk

 

Buckingham Palace

Buckingham-Palace

Also known as Guard Mounting. The New Guard arrives from Wellington Barracks and takes over the responsibilities of the Old Guard in a formal ceremony accompanied by music. This must-see military tradition takes place daily at 11am but get there as early as possible to ensure you have a great view through the Palace gates. Be warned in very wet weather the ceremony can be cancelled.

Nearest tube: Hyde Park Corner

Website: www.royal.uk

 

The British Library 

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The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the largest library in the world. It isn’t just for students and researchers; the complex is home to a variety of literature ranging from the Magna Carta to original handwritten Beatles’ lyrics.

Nearest tube: King's Cross

Website: www.bl.uk

 

The National Gallery

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With a huge collection of world-class art, the National Gallery is definitely worth a visit. The gallery itself houses 30 of the top must-see paintings, including Van Gogh's Sunflowers and Botticelli’s Venus and Mars. It is on show 361 days a year. 

Nearest tube: Charing Cross

Website: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

 

The National History Museum 

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The Natural History Museum is sure to impress children and adults alike. It has 36 free galleries divided into different areas of natural history, including diversity, life forces, the evolution of the earth and scientists at work - there's plenty to learn! The Dinosaur gallery is one of the most popular exhibits in the museum, with a giant T. rex, the horned Triceratops and the fossilised skin of an Edmontosaurus.

Nearest tube: South Kensington

Website: www.nhm.ac.uk

 

Chiswick House

Chiswick-House

The stunning gardens at Chiswick house are open every day and are totally free to enjoy. To make the most of the 65 acres of gardens, why not download the garden walk podcast (from www.chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk) and listen as you tour at your own pace.

Sat Nav: W4 2RP

Website: chiswickhouseandgardens.org.uk

 

Southbank 

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On the south side of the river Thames stands The scoop, a large outdoor amphitheater with a 1000-person capacity devoted to totally free live entertainment. . Listen to free live music with your lunch or catch a play or outdoor movie screening in the evening.

Nearest tube: Charing Cross