Five things to do for free in London

Over the past few months we’ve been finding you five free things to do in popular city break destinations across Europe and this week we’ve decided to look a little closer to home. Everyone knows that London is one of the world’s most expensive cities, but luckily it is has many free sights and attractions too. So, if you know where to go and where to look you could spend a great budget weekend in our capital.

Museums - London has a museum for just about everything and what’s more, most of them are free. Some of the best known free ones include the Victoria and Albert, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Museum of London. Some of the more quirky include the Horniman, the Museum of Childhood and the Geffrye Museum of interior design. 

Art galleries - London is home to some of the most famous art galleries in the world, housing some very famous pieces of artwork by some of the greats; Picasso, Van Gogh, Monet, Turner and Degas. And the great news is that it’s free to see most of them. Some of the best free galleries include the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern, the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery.

Southbank Centre - London’s Southbank Centre located on the River Thames and close to the London Eye, is a great place to head for free entertainment in the city. The centre often hosts free concerts, exhibitions and festivals, check out the website to find out what’s on.

Changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace - Perhaps Britain’s most iconic tourist attractions - the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is absolutely free too. This colourful ceremony which occurs in front of the Queen’s residence takes place every other day (see schedule for dates) at 11:30am and is definitely a must see sight. 

Covent Garden music and street theatre - London is known for its theatre, but you don’t have to spend a fortune at the West End to be able to appreciate it. The capital has a great street theatre scene, especially around Covent Garden. Visit for free concerts, mimes, acrobatic acts, magic shows and comedy.


Five things to do for free in Helsinki

Helsinki is generally a cheaper city than its surrounding neighbours in Sweden and Norway, but it’s still worth searching out those bargains and free attractions. Luckily, Helsinki has a lot, so you can easily enjoy a short budget break in this dynamic capital. Explore unique churches, fascinating museums as well as the natural side of the city, in its atmospheric parks and forests, as well as sparkling rocky bays and inlets.

Five things to do for free in Florence

Italy can be a very expensive country to visit and prices are hiked up even more in the popular tourist cities such as Florence and Rome. So for those on a budget, trying to save money on holiday is an important factor. That’s why we’ve come up with our ‘Five things to do for free in....’ guides. So far we have found five free things in Barcelona, Paris, Madrid, Warsaw, Hamburg, Gothenburg, Bordeaux and Berlin and this week we’re discovering Florence.

Five things to do for free in Lisbon

Yes, it’s that time of the week again when we find you five things to do for free in different cities across Europe, enabling you to save money or just enjoy a break on a budget. Luckily in Portugal you can still find things that are relatively cheap as long as you don’t eat and stay right in the tourist hot-spots, so to help you be even more thrifty on your holiday here are five things to do for free in the capital - Lisbon.

Five things to do for free in Budapest

The Hungarian capital of Budapest is romantic and elegant and has been named by some as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. The mighty Danube River is an integral part of the city, which is crossed by nine bridges. The city filled with over 2000 years of history and culture and you will find many free sights at attractions here to keep you occupied on a budget break.

Five things to do for free in Stockholm

Everyone knows Scandinavian cities can be some of the most expensive to visit and the Swedish capital is of course no exception, however with a little insider knowledge you’ll find there are plenty of things you can do for free.