London is one of the greatest cities on earth. It has a seemingly endless list of attractions and activities, some world class architecture and some pretty famous shopping districts.
You can explore gorgeous parks and class leading arboretums, dine in one of the highest skyscrapers in Europe and tour thousand year old castles.
That all sounds pretty amazing and like a dream holiday- but it does not come cheap.
It would be fair to say that nothing in London really comes cheap, and it is a pretty expensive place to be.
If you’re travelling to the city and looking to make your budget stretch as far as possible, you’re not alone. Don’t swap comfort for cost, instead take full advantage of the The Montcalm Club packages currently available, you’ll be able to choose from the best London city suites in some stunning hotels located in amazing spots around the city.
Now let’s take a look at some of the things you can do during your next visit to London that won’t cost you a single penny.
The British Museum
Starting off with one of the most famous institutions in the entire country, and one of the most famous museums in the world, is a pretty obvious one.
It’s home to the most comprehensive collection of artefacts and pieces that chronicle the entire history of the human race and its culture.
With pieces from all over the world this collection is breathtaking and tells the story of humanity from its very inception- they have a stone tool that is carbon dated to two million years ago!
And it’s totally free to enter!
The Other Museums & Galleries
In fact many of the city’s museums and art galleries are totally free to explore at will.
The National Gallery, the Tate Modern, The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and many more, are all open to the public- free of charge.
This is more than just a rainy day activity, these stunning collections should be enjoyed by all.
London is actually made up of almost 20% greenspace; be it parkland or gardens, that’s a pretty impressive stat.
London has 8 Royal Parks and quite literally hundreds more spread around the city and each is as beautiful and varied as the last.
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city streets and find some peace in nature.
Chill on the grass in St. James’ Park, walk the banks of the Serpentine in Hyde Park, go for a swim in the ponds of Hampstead Heath, or track the deer that are descendants of those hunted by King Henry VIII himself in Richmond Park.
The Houses of Parliament
Despite the mess of lies and ineptitude that makes up the British Government today, the palaces where they all meet are truly stunning; and home to one of London’s biggest icons- Big Ben.
You can actually tour the Houses of Parliament for free, but you’ll likely have to book in advance.
You can see the ancient archives, walk through the House of Commons where laws are created and learn about the fascinating history of the building itself.
Leake Street Graffiti Tunnel
London is home to people from all over the world, and is a proudly diverse cultural mixing pot.
There has always been a strong counter culture in the city and the Leake Street Tunnel has become the perfect location to see this for yourself.
It’s kind of an outdoor, totally free gallery where some of the best street artists in the world battle for your attention.
Banksy held the ingeniously named ‘Cans Festival’ here in 2008, and since then it has been an incredible explosion of colour and creativity.
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
The Changing of the Guard Ceremony takes place outside of Buckingham Palace as the King’s Guard finish their shifts and swap out.
It’s full of all the pomp and pageantry that you may expect from the British Monarchy, but is still a spectacle nonetheless.
London has a 2,000 year history and is home to a couple of markets that can boast at least 1,000 years of their own history- if not more.
Borough Market is one of the best places in the country to get lunch with over 150 vendors offering stunning foods from all over the world.
Portobello Road Market is the perfect place for antiquing, Camden Markets are incredible for vintage clothing and Covent Garden is the place to be for handmade jewellery and artisanal goods.
Head into any market you see in progress and have an explore, you won’t regret it!
The Sky Garden is a rooftop viewing garden to rival The Shard- but it’s totally free!
Book a spot in advance and you’ll get to head up to the viewing gallery where you’ll find a bar, a restaurant, a tropical garden and a jaw dropping view of London.
You can actually include The Shard in your view as it’s just across the Thames!
The Barbican is one of the country’s most important cultural hubs and is home to concert halls, theatres and cinemas.
But not many people realise it’s also home to the city’s second largest conservatory.
This gigantic glass box is home to many rare and wonderful tropical plants and even some animals.
It’s a stunning escape from the reality of the busy streets right outside.
Explore on Foot
London is an incredibly walkable city.
All of the greatest attractions can be viewed from the public spaces surrounding them.
You don’t have to shell out to cross Tower Bridge, or explore the City of Westminster and wave at the king in Buckingham Palace.
Join a walking tour for a bit of a history lesson, or just get out there and see the city for yourself.
One of the true great treasures in London is strolling along the banks Thames in glorious sunshine, enjoying the view- and it’s totally free!
So there you have it; the absolute best ways to see London without spending any money at all.