London is surely the city where you can find no lack of activities that you can do for free. Along with world-class museums with free entry, the city houses buzzing markets, scenic parks, panoramic cemeteries, amazing viewpoints, and pre-historic churches. Here are some of the hundreds of points of interest in British capital.
The London Eye
Built in 2000 to celebrate London’s millennium, the London Eye is the largest observatory wheel in London. The glass capsules in it provide the 360o view of the city as you enjoy the circular tour as it rises over 443 feet off the Thames. The flight lasts over 30 minutes. Book your flight in advance to skip the line.
The National Gallery hosts the masterpieces by painters, including Renoir, van Gogh, Michaelangelo, and da Vinci. It holds one of the most vital art collections in the world and hosts over 6 million visitors year after year. Get there on mornings on weekday or Friday evenings. You will always find the permanent collections over there.
It is one of the top tourist attractions in London and it is truly free and it bursts at the seams with unique artifacts from different parts of the world, such as samurai armors, Egyptian mummies, and burial treasures of Anglo-Saxon to the Rosetta stone. The 80000 objects have been remarkably on display at any time making up 1% of 8 million objects in the possession of museum.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
It is one of the most popular and largest churches in London and surely one of the most gigantic cathedrals across the globe. It sits atop a Roman temple. Previously, it was destroyed in 1666s’ Great Fire and it was rebuilt by Sir Christopher Wren. The twin Baroque towers and giant 365 feet dome are the masterpiece of English structural design. If you are up on it, walk the stairs with their panoramic views of the interior of dome and don’t forget the Whispering Gallery.
Houses of Parliament
It houses the most popular clock in the world, Big Ben (Queen Elizabeth Tower). The Houses of Parliament is a wonderful neo-Gothic masterpiece which was built in the mid 19th century. It is made of the Lords and the Commons. If you reserve in advance, you can get inside and watch the live British democracy.
Located in the Bankside Power Station, the Tate Modern is one of the hottest favorite attractions on the south bank of The Thames. Witness the huge collection for free, including works by Warhol, Pollock, and Matisse. The Thames views are explored in its upstairs café.
In the heart of Greenwich Park, you can get to the top of hill and explore the amazing free view of the city, the 17th century old Queens House, the Canary Warf skyscrapers, and the Thames snakes its way to London. It is an idyllic picnic spot in the capital to spend a wonderful day in summers with your family and friends.