London is full of excellent holiday opportunities. Holidays in London are diverse and entertaining; from spending sprees on London Oxford Street
, to hundreds of free London attractions
for all the family. There are so many free activities and attractions in London that you can have a fun, action-packed time without the need to pay for anything apart from London hotels
Stay in one of our Luxury London hotels
and you will be surrounded by options for free London attractions. This article gives an over-view of some of the most popular free London activities that tourists love. Check out the following free London attractions:
Changing of the Guards
- The Changing of the Guards or Guard Mounting usually happens daily at London Buckingham Palace
and Windsor Castle
at 11am. This is a free attraction in London because the public get a great view from the street all around.
Come and see as the old guard is exchanged for a new guard in this elaborate and traditional ceremony. Members of the public have the perfect view as the Beefeaters, dressed in customary red tunics and black bearskin hats, parade in front of the royal buildings.
A battalion of the Household Division normally provides the soldiers but they can also come from other foot regiments such as The Scots Guards, The Irish Guards, the Grenadier Guards and the Coldstream Guards.
Ceremony of the Keys
- Taking place every evening in the Tower of London
, this 700 year old ceremony is a must if you want to witness something traditional and special. Another great free London attraction but tickets need to be booked in advance so make sure you have done so before you travel.
Dressed in a traditional Tudor bonnet and red tunic, the Chief Yeoman Warder holds a candle as he locks the main gate of the Tower of London and walks the keys to the Resident Governor of the Tower.
Founded in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the Tower of London has a dark, gruesome history surrounding it. It saw many people, including royalty, tortured to death and it is used as a vault to hold many treasures, including the priceless Crown Jewels! But don't fear, today it is one of the most popular free London tourist attractions as visitors come to get a glimpse of the murky past.
- The London British Museum
is open 10:00 - 17:30 every day and later on Thursdays and Fridays. Entry is free to all members of the public. Come along and see an overwhelming number of exhibits showing the work of humans through the ages; from prehistoric times until today. Some of the most popular objects at this free London attraction are the Greek sculptures from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone and the Portland Vase.
Other big museums are free London attractions: The Natural History Museum
with some incredible dinosaur skeletons, the Science Museum
with its mind-blowing hands-on exhibits that kids love, the Victoria & Albert Museum
with a huge variety of art, and the National Maritime Museum are all free attractions in London - the UK government subsidises them in order to promote public learning.
Our hotels in London are close to the museum district so book our central London hotels for easy access to all these free London attractions!
Sir John Soane's Museum - Free public entry from Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 10.00-17.00, at this special free London attraction. Designing the Bank of England was one of the greatest achievements of John Soane, an architect and collector of rare antiques and paintings.
While alive, he collected thousands of rare items from all over the world. His old house has now been opened to the public as a museum so all can come and have a taste of what it was like to be John Soane. Works by Turner, Canaletto, Hogarth and Piranesi all feature as well as the sarcophagus of the Egyptian Pharaoh, Seti I.
- Britain is famed for its wealth of stately homes. Many have featured in films because of their grand designs and sizes. Open daily from 11.30 to 16.00, Kenwood House is a perfect example of an English stately home. You will find the house at the edge of the extensive Hamstead Heath
, originally the house's private grounds.
Today, it is a free London attraction and the house is open to the public. You have the chance to sample the life of a wealthy upper-class Englishman as you stroll around Kenwood House. Within the building you will witness the famed detail in the decorations of the library and the Iveagh Bequest which is a group of paintings by Rembrant, Turner, Gainsborough, Reynolds and Vermeer. Kenwood house is a fantastic example of early 17th Century architecture.
- Time travel with the British middle classes and see how their way of life has evolved over the years, from the 1600s until today. Explore a selection of room sets with period furniture and decorations in this thought-provoking, free attraction in London.
Hogarth's House - A well respected artist and satirist, William Hogarth intelligently mocked 18th century society. At this free London attraction, come and see the house where he lived and died in 1764. You will be able to see the largest collection in the world of his prints.
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