If you are planning a getaway to London why not give your savings a rest and try one of the following 5 great things to do in London, without spending a penny.
1. The South Bank
Situated only a stones throw from London Waterloo station, why not take a stroll down London’s famous Southbank, where you will be able to see the London Eye and also pass by the National Theatre – which sometimes hosts free performances, so check online before you leave and you might get lucky. Take a short walk from the National Theatre station you will find the Tate Modern gallery in which, completely free of charge, you can admire some the worlds best paintings and sculptures.
[Tate Modern Gallery]
2. Brick Lane Market
Although you wouldn’t normally think that a market is a great place to go and not spend money, the eclectic Brick Lane market is worth a visit even if you are too strapped to buy anything. A home to all things trendy, the market has until recently been one of London’s hidden gems. The Backyard market, the areas most famous is open Sunday from 11am till 6pm and on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.
3. The Parks
One activity in the city that is better than any on a hot and sunny day is to spend a few leisurely hours in one of London’s magnificent parks. They are all free to visit and you have a great selection to choose from, from royal parks such as Hyde Park, to public parks such as Victoria Park. If you do decide to visit Hyde Park, why not visit on a Sunday and take in the famous ‘Speakers Corner’ which is situated in the North East corner of the park. Every Sunday you will get to hear a variety of different speakers, on a variety of different topics and you can be sure of some great entertainment.
4. Covent Garden
Home to a myriad of great independent shops, selling all manner of beautiful things, Covent Garden is one of the best places to window shop in the Capital. Although these lovely shops may be just too much and see you break your non-spending vow, you can get some brilliant free entertainment from the large variety of street performers that you will find around the Covent Garden area.
If you know how and where to look, London has a great range of shows, catering for all your entertainment needs absolutely free of charge (although you might have to buy a couple of drinks!) The best place to look for these is Time Out Online, where they have up to date listings of all free events in the capital.