10 Free (and cheap) things to do in London

Having bought your cheap tickets to London, it's easy to keep costs low as some of the best things to do in the capital are free or cheap. Here's our pick.


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1. Marvel at the mummies at the British Museum

It's not just for pharaohs: you can also see mummies of cats, a dog and a falcon. Brilliantly the museum has got some suggested trails so you can see some of the best objects depending on how long you've got. You can also handle some of the objects at the Hands On desks. And there's free lunchtime talks too.

Where is it? Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG

How much? FREE! Entry fee for special exhibitions

More info and opening hours: British Museum

2. Say 'a 5-year-old could do that' at Tate Modern

Love it or hate it, everyone's got an opinion on modern art. Decide what you like for yourself at Tate Modern. There are free daily guided tours with expert guides. The building is also a fascinating visit in itself, with the Turbine Hall usually housing a special exhibition designed for the space.


Where is it? Bankside, SE1 9TG

How much? FREE! Entry fee for special exhibitions

More info and opening hours: Tate Modern 

3. See some of the world's most beautiful paintings at the National Gallery

From Renaissance masters like Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo to favourite Impressionists such as Cezanne, Monet and Van Gogh – whatever period or style you love, there's something to catch your eye.


Where is it? Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN

How much? FREE! Entry fee for special exhibitions

More info and opening hours: The National Gallery

4. Discover 450,000 years of the capital's history at the Museum of London

Explore the capital from pre-historic times, when the entire population would fit on a double-decker bus, through the poverty maps of the 1880s to the swinging 60s, the Poll Tax protests and beyond. Find out what makes the capital tick. There are also free guided tours every day.


Where is it? 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN

How much? FREE! Entry fee for special exhibitions

More info and opening hours: Museum of London 

5.Find your inner Einstein at the Science museum

Find out what makes you smarter than a chimp or see a full-size replica of the module that took the first men to land on the moon. Steam engines, cars, planes, early computers and the nostalgia of what seemed like cutting edge devices when you were growing up but are now in a museum.


Where is it? Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD

How much? FREE! Entry fee for special exhibitions

More info and opening hours: Science Museum

6.Admire the precision of the changing guard at Buckingham Palace

This ceremony attracts lots of visitors thanks to the pomp and circumstance, not to mention the music and the marching. It happens most days in the summer and every other day in winter – the website confirms when and gives great tips about where to stand. You can also check out some of the more special events too.

Where is it? Buckingham Palace

How much? FREE!

More info with times and dates: Changing the Guard


7.Channel David Attenborough while watching the deer in Richmond park

With 630 red and fallow deer roaming freely since 1529, this Royal Park shows you a different side to London from the hustle and bustle. If you come during rutting season in autumn you might see two males square up to one another – but keep your distance to be safe. Stand on King Henry's Mound in the park and you can also get a panoramic view of the City across to St Paul's Cathedral.

Where is it? Richmond Park, TW10 5HS

How much? FREE!

More info: Richmond Park

8.Admire the view from Primrose Hill

With a history of duels and prize fights in its history, Primrose Hill is now better known for kite flying and the view. You can see the cityscape with the Post Office Tower, the London Eye and some of the City's landmark buildings. The view is so good here it's protected by planning rules. It looks good at night too with the city lights.

Where is it? Tower Street, YO1 9SA

How much? Family ticket (2 adults, 3 children) £11.40

More info: Primrose Hill 

9.Try some free samples at Borough Market or Maltby Street

At the vanguard of the foodie movement, some of the best producers and artisan makers sell quality food products here. If you're lucky there will be some samples to taste to tempt you to buy. As the market has grown, some stallholders who wanted to go back to the indie feel have decamped to nearby Maltby Street.

Where is it? 8 Southwark Street,  SE1 1TL/Maltby Street, SE1 2HQ

How much? FREE – until you are tempted to buy!

More info and opening hoursBorough Market,Maltby Street Market

10.Have a laugh with free comedy

One of the best known free comedy venues is the Angel Comedy housed in the Camden Head pub. There's an Improv night, experienced acts trying new material, some people standing on a stage for the first time and the best of the up-and-coming new breed on the circuit.


Where is it? Camden Head, 2 Camden Passage, N1 8DY

How much? FREE – but you'll need to buy a drink

More infoAngel Comedy