10 free ways to explore London

By FreshSocial 03 Oct 2016

You might have a limited student budget but that doesn't mean you can't make the most of one of the best cities in the world!

Here are just a few of the things you can do to really explore the Big Smoke that will cost you absolutely nothing...

  1. Visit the museums
    Come face-to-face with a T-Rex, soak up some science, or explore the history of the capital in some of the best and most interactive museums that London has to offer!
    Where? Natural History Museum, Science MuseumThe Museum of London
  2. Window shop-till-you-drop
    In London, you can walk around shops aimlessly for hours without getting bored. Why? Because they're unlike shops you'll get anywhere else! They're bigger and quirkier which makes them so much more fun! 
    Where? Liberty, Hamleys, Tiffany & Co, Niketown, Selfridges, HarrodsCamden Market
  3. Must-do touristy
    Because you can't visit the capital without having those perfect selfie moments - like meeting the stone lions of Trafalgar or watching the Changing of the Guard.
    Where? Trafalgar Square, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, London Zoo
  4. For the culture vultures
    Take a peek at Banksy's street art, discover literary treasures like the Magna Carta or visit a neon junkyard full of old movie props and vintage neon signs.
    Where? Shoreditch, The British LibraryGod's Own Junkyard
  5. Forget about the city
    Escape the fast life for a day and experience nature by taking a stroll in one of the iconic London parks. 
    Where? Richmond Park, Hyde Park, St. James' Park, Wimbledon Park, Kensington Garden
  6. Find your calm place
    Take a deep meditating breath, calm and relax amidst awe-inspiring views of the city skyline from a distance.
    Where? Primrose Hill, Greenwich Park, Alexandra Palace, Parliament Heath
  7. Where to wander
    Hop off the tube and walk your next few stops while discovering some exciting corners of London- like the skaters and street performers among South Bank or the Globe Theatre.
    South Bank, Millennium Bridge, Highgate Wood
  8. Experience art
    You don't have to be an art fanatic to admire and appreciate the works of great artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Picasso or Warhol. If you like, take in one of the free daily tours or talks too!
    National GalleryTate Modern
  9. Go to a festival
    Experience new cultures and traditions, music and art by tagging along to one these yearly free festivals.
     Nottinghill CarnivalChinese Lantern Festival Chinatown
  10. Performances and expression
    Watch live music and arts performances, church music sung by a choir, or, if you're feeling brave, get involved with public debates at Speaker's corner by sharing your opinions with the world!
    Where? Speaker's Corner, Hootanny BrixtonSt. James's PiccadillyRoyal Festival Hall 

Got a spare 30 minutes? Grab a Santander Cycle and ride around Hyde Park for half an hour (for free)! Or, why not have a quick cycle to see what London Landmarks you can spot?


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