With so much to see and do in London, there’s no reason to let being on a budget stop you from having a good trip. We’ve compiled a list of the best things you can do for free in London, so you can have a great day out without spending a penny!
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Where is it? Lincoln Inn’s Fields, WC2A 3BP
This is the home of illustrious 19th century architect, Sir John Soane. This small but popular museum is located inside Sir John’s former residence which, at his own request, has been left untouched since his death in 1837, 180 years ago. Soane was the renowned architect of London’s Bank of England. At the museum celebrating his life and career, you’ll find more than 20,000 architectural works, drawings and antiques by the likes of Canaletto, Piranesi and Turner.
Perhaps most noticeable in this quaint and interesting museum is the Picture Room, which was built with an innovative system for hanging works of art. Through the use of movable planes, Soane was able to fit a quarter of his art collection (118 paintings, to be exact) into one small, 13×12 room.
Ain’t Nothin’ But…
Where is it? Soho, W1B 5PZ
Music aficionados can enjoy free entry to London’s original blues bar, Ain’t Nothin’ But… where they can kick back and appreciate the earthy tones of some of the most talented bands and artists on the city’s radar. Entry is free from Sunday to Thursday nights. Expect to unwind to the classic and unmistakable blues sound, from acts such as the acoustic Dust Me Down Blues Duo and London-based fourpiece The Bluematics.
If you’re around on a Monday or Sunday evening, we recommend the bar’s Blues Jam, one of the friendliest jams around. Whether you’re there to listen or to play, try to show up early to avoid queues and get a good spot to take in some great music and chat to some excellent musicians.
National Portrait Gallery
Where is it? St Martin’s Place, WC2H 0HE
This glorious gallery allows you to marvel at stunning portraits of historical monarchs and public figures, as well as today’s most popular stars of screen and stereo.
At the National Portrait Gallery, you can get a good look at the world’s biggest collection of faces and personalities, from the late Middle Ages right up until the present day. You’ll get to admire paintings of those who shaped Britain’s history, from famous kings and queens to actors and pop stars. As well as paintings, you’ll get to appreciate phenomenal sculptures, stunning photography and even exciting video media.
Angel Comedy Club
Where is it? Camden Walk, N1 8DY
There’s nothing better for the soul than a good laugh, especially when it’s free! At Angel Comedy Club, you’ll find free comedy 7 nights a week from a wide range of hilarious comedians. Whether you’re watching brand new acts in their first performance or experienced comics trying a new routine, you’re sure to leave the comedy club with tears of laughter in your eyes and a grin on your face!
Angel Comedy Club is one of the most popular comedy nights in London, so make sure you get there early to get a good seat. Shows start at 8pm, so we’d recommend you arrive for 7.30 at the latest.
Where is it? Tower Hill, EC3N 4DJ
Built in AD 200, the London Wall stands directly north of the Tower of London and is a fascinating piece of the city’s history. Formerly around 2.5 miles long, the wall is an amazing sight-seeing vantage point for anyone who wants to get a crystal-clear view of the stunning Tower of London.
If you want to stretch your legs whilst taking in some of London’s fantastic history, you can follow the London Wall Walk. This little jaunt is 1.75 miles and follows the original line of the London Wall, passing several of its surviving sections.
Where is it? Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS
You might not expect to find a hidden oasis in the heart of England’s busy, bustling capital, but that’s exactly what you can expect when you visit Barbican Conservatory. Perfect for a leisurely Sunday outing, the conservatory is home to more than 2,000 species of exotic plants and trees, as well as a plethora of tropical fish and even a few turtles!
Though you can only visit the conservatory on Sundays and Bank Holidays, you’ll lose track of time as you explore this tropical wonderland. You can get up close and personal with some fascinating and unusual nature, or simply sit on one of the comfortable benches to relax and enjoy the harmonious surroundings.