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Free Days Out in London

image of Bourough Market in London

There’s never a shortage of things to see and do in this fascinating, bustling city. The great news for visitors on a budget is that London caters to everyone and there is plenty to see and do that’s completely free. Some of the capital’s most famous attractions don’t charge you a penny, from the Tate Modern to the V&A, the National Portrait Gallery to the British Museum. Here are some of our favourite fun free things to do in London. If you’re looking for hotel accommodation for your trip, from Kensington hotels to suites on the south bank, you can find the latest offers at the Millennium Hotels website.

Free foodie treats at Borough Market

Borough Market is one of the best food markets on the planet and it’s been doing a roaring trade on the south bank of the Thames for more than 20 centuries! You’ll find food stalls and eateries selling delicacies, culinary ingredients, fine wines, beers and spirits from all over the globe. Most of the stalls offer free samples and titbits for your try, from fresh sushi to the finest foie gras. The market runs every weekend and entrance is free.

 Free audio tour guides

If you have an MP3 player, you can make use of the growing number of fantastic free London audio guides available to download online. Sites like London Walks, Soundmap and iaudioguide.com offer a variety of free audio tours of the city, covering all the major tourist attractions and more. It’s great to take one of these free tour guides with you as you explore the city, but they’re also ideal to listen to on your flight over to give you ideas as what you’d most like to see and do when you get there.

Free speech at Speaker’s Corner

This bastion of free speech is a unique corner of Hyde Park in Kensington where anyone is free to get up on their soapbox and speak about anything they wish. Speaker’s Corner has been a bustling meeting place for centuries, with the likes of George Orwell, Lenin and Karl Marx addressing the crowds. From religious zealots to surrealist comics you’ll find all sorts here, some fascinating, some frightening, some just plain daft.

Free music at St. Paul’s

St. Paul’s Cathedral is one of the most visited sites in the city. This iconic London landmark is an architectural marvel with its vast dome creating the perfect acoustics for the renowned St. Paul’s choir. Each Sunday the Cathedral hosts several musical services, including a choral evensong and an organ recital. Guests are welcome at all Sunday services, where you can often sit below the dome itself. There is, of course, no fee for the Cathedral services, although donations are welcome.


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