London’s Top 10 free things – part 2

To continue our previous post, here we list the top 5 things you can do for free while in London  - as suggested by Laura Porter on About.com Guide.

5. South Bank

It really is amazing how many London landmarks you can see along this stretch of the River Thames including The London Eye and Tate Modern. You can download free walking tours of the South Bank area from Walk This Way.

4. Changing of the Guard

No visit to London is complete without seeing this military tradition. The Queen’s Guard in London changes in the Forecourt inside the gates of Buckingham Palace at 11.30am every day in the summer and every other day in the winter. Get there early and view the spectacle from outside the front gates.

3. London Parks & Gardens

People usually say that the Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens in Regent’s Park is their favourite spot in London, and who are we to argue? St. James’s Park is also a great suggestion as it offers one of the best views of Buckingham Palace. Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens (side by side) are enormous and include the ever popular Diana Memorial Playground and the Peter Pan Statue.

2. Museums

All of London’s major museums are free, but most offer some special exhibitions for a fee. A regular favourite is the Museum of London where you can learn the history of London from Roman times to today. The Geffrye Museum shows English domestic interiors and helps bring to life what it was really like to live in London. The Horniman Museum is another good day out – you have to see the over-stuffed walrus!

1. Art Galleries

Tate Modern and Tate Britain are exceptional national art galleries housing some of the finest artworks in the world. Tate Modern focuses on contemporary art while Tate Britain displays British Art from the sixteenth century to the present day.

Other major London art galleries include the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. Guides would also recommend The Wallace Collection as it’s just off Oxford Street so a perfect escape from a busy shopping spree.

So if you’re planning a trip to England soon, make sure you include these suggestions on your itinerary. If you have been to those places, tell us how you liked them!