Top free attractions in London

Top free attractions in London

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


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



Somerset House


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 



The Victoria and Albert Museum 


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 



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



The British Library 


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



The National Gallery


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



The National History Museum 


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



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 and listen as you tour at your own pace.

Sat Nav: W4 2RP





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