Free things to do in London

Traveling to London on a budget? Looking for free things to do in London? Your next vacation in London could be packed with attractions and excitement, and still stay within budget, if you follow these simple tips…

Let’s start with paid attractions which are must-sees, like the Tower of London, St Paul Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. They all cost a lot, but there is a way around. You can book a London Pass, either for 1,2,3 or 6 days and get free entry to 55 attractions including the ones we mentioned earlier. The pass also includes a River Thames cruise, which will allow you to visit several attractions in one day. With some attractions, such as the Tower of London, the pass also allows you to skip the long lines. We recommend taking the pass for at least 2 days, and planning in advance the attractions you wish to visit each day. Trust us – having the pass will not only save you money, it will also enhance your entire visit!

Top Free things to do in London

Good to know is that the most important museums in London do not charge admission fees, and are based only on donations. These include the British Museum, the National Gallery, Science Museum and many more. So combining paid attractions with the donation based ones can really help saving money!

A visit to one of London’s parks is also a great way to enjoy the city on a budget. If the weather permits it, you can have a nice picnic at the well located Regent’s, Green or Kensington Parks, and gaze at the parks attractions. Check our travel guides about London’s parks for more info.

Finally here is a travel tip. If you are in the center of London, don’t use the London Underground for 1-2 stations. Buses will cost you half the price, and if you go and sit on the second floor you get an excellent view of the city – something that the underground for sure doesn’t offer you!

View the rest of our London videos guides for more tips, ideas and information about attractions and things to do for any budget.

Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath Day Trip from London

Discover Stonehenge, Windsor Castle and Bath on this 11-hour coach tour from London. Leave the city behind you and travel by air-conditioned coach to Windsor Castle, home of the British Royal Family for the last 900 years. Visit St George's Chapel and the State Apartments with your professional tour guide before traveling out to Salisbury, where the ancient rock formations of Stonehenge await. Continue on to the beautiful Georgian city of Bath, visit the Roman Baths and enjoy a panoramic tour with your guide before returning to London.

USD 120.92$

London Pass

Discover the joy of sightseeing with the London Pass, and enjoy free entry to 60 of its world-class sites like Westminster Abbey and the Tower of London. Save time as you skip the queues with fast-track entry at countless attractions, and take advantage of special offers at quality London restaurants and shops.

Even better, why not upgrade and include transport with your London Pass? Choose from a 1-, 2-, 3- or 6-day sightseeing pass with transport included and see the highlights of England’s cosmopolitan capital with ease.

USD 76.82$

London in One Day Sightseeing Tour

See London in one day on a full-day sightseeing tour of the city, led by an expert local guide! Hear the history of top London attractions like Westminster Abbey, Big Ben and St Paul’s Cathedral while traveling around the West End and City of London. After the sightseeing tour, watch the Changing of the Guard Ceremony at Buckingham Palace and tour the Tower of London with a Beefeater.

USD 118.52$

The Shard London: The View from The Shard

This ticket is your chance to experience the newest attraction that London has to offer -- The Shard. This incredible architectural wonder will take you on a high-tech and multi-sensory journey with exhilarating 360-degree views of 40 miles (64 km) across England's capital. See top London attractions such as Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and the London Eye from a vantage point like no other. In fact, The Shard is the tallest building in Western Europe!

Simply bring your voucher to the entrance and you will be allocated the next available time slot.

USD 39.12$

Royal London Sightseeing Tour with Changing of the Guard Ceremony

This Royal Tour of London takes in many of the royal highlights of London, including Westminster Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton, where married on April 29, 2011. You will also see Kensington Palace, where Diana, Princess of Wales, lived. Finally, you will experience the famous Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Buckingham Palace, then spend the afternoon exploring London at your leisure.

USD 51.74$