Free things to do in London? You’d be forgiven for thinking that things are always expensive in England’s capital, but actually, when you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find that there are countless things that fit that bill.

Financially, things are tough for many of us right now, so if we can afford to scrimp and save a bit whilst still providing exciting experiences for our children and ourselves, we will.

Here are the top seven free things to do in London:

1. Discover the British Museum

We’ve never been here, but have been assured by many that the British Museum is a fantastic place in which to immerse yourself in history. It’s home to an astonishing array of artefacts from across the globe. Marvel at the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and ancient Greek sculptures. Apparently, the museum’s architecture alone is worth a visit. It’s on our list of free things to do in London for our next trip!

2. Stroll through Hyde Park

Serpentine, Hyde Park, London

Take a leisurely walk through Hyde Park, one of London’s most famous green spaces – still beautiful on a rainy day. Enjoy the serene atmosphere, rent a pedal boat on the Serpentine Lake (there are Pok√©mon to be found here, if that’s something you enjoy!) or have a picnic whilst admiring the stunning views of Kensington Palace. A picnic is a preferred option for saving money, but there are also some lovely cafes to be found within the vicinity. Speaker’s corner is worth a visit and can provide an educational experience, too.

3. Visit the iconic Tate Modern

Art enthusiasts or those who are clueless, like me, will be delighted by the Tate Modern, a world-renowned contemporary art gallery housed in a former power station. Explore thought-provoking exhibitions and enjoy panoramic views of the city from the terrace on the top floor. I visited when they had ‘the crack’ in the floor and that was strangely fascinating. I never imagined myself being quite so interested!

4. Take in the beauty of St. Paul’s Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral, London

Admire the magnificent St. Paul’s Cathedral from the outside, a masterpiece of English architecture. Marvel at its stunning dome and intricate details as you explore the surrounding area, including the Millennium Bridge and the bustling South Bank. Worship inside the cathedral is free, but if you are wanting to enter as a tourist, it is charged, so be aware of that. However, for us, simply staring at the outside and its surroundings is enough.

5. Wander through Camden Market

Get a taste of London’s vibrant street culture at Camden Market. Meander through the bustling stalls, offering a wide range of unique fashion, vintage finds, and international street food. Enjoy the lively atmosphere and soak up the eclectic vibes of this famous market. I wouldn’t personally take the children here as it’s something I prefer to experience without them, particularly live music and the numerous bars. While it’s free to have a wander, it may feel slightly traumatic not to buy anything… choose wisely if you can handle it or not!

6. Explore the Southbank Centre

Experience the creative side of London at the Southbank Centre, a hub for arts and culture. Enjoy free concerts, exhibitions, and performances in this vibrant riverside complex. Take a stroll along the Thames and enjoy the iconic views of the city’s skyline. Be sure to check out which activities are free and book tickets, if necessary, prior to arrival.

7. Witness the Changing of the Guard

King’s guard, Buckingham Palace

Head to Buckingham Palace and witness the iconic Changing of the Guard ceremony. Watch as the King’s Guard (it’s going to take me a while to stop saying/writing ‘Queen’!), dressed in their traditional red tunics and bearskin hats, march in perfect formation. This historic tradition takes place most days at 11:00 am, but it’s advisable to check the schedule in advance. It can get quite busy, so I’ve always arrived well in advance to ensure a good view, particularly important with children in tow!

These seven free activities offer a taste of the rich history, diverse culture, and vibrant atmosphere that London has to offer. Whether you’re interested in art, history, or simply exploring the city’s iconic landmarks, there are plenty of memorable experiences awaiting you in England’s capital.