Top FREE things to see and do in London

16 February 2012

If you are from South Africa and love to travel, factors such as budget for entertainment and sightseeing must be well planned.  You’ll be happy to know that even though perceived as an expensive country, London does offer many free activities so take a look at my list of free things to do and see in London.


London Parks & Gardens

A park or garden may not be a big deal when from South Africa, however when you’re at a foreign country, best you make it one!

Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens in Regents Park is absolutely gorgeous and very popular with the locals.  I’d also recommend going to St. James Park which offers a magnificent view of the Buckingham palace – which for tourists is a big deal.

The Queens Guard

You haven’t experienced London, if you have not taken time to witness the Changing of the Queens Guard. This takes place inside Buckingham Palace at 11:30 am every day (frequency of this differs in winter).

Speak Your Mind

Speak your mind or listen to others voicing their loud and often interesting opinions in Hyde Park. Located at the north east tip of Hyde Park, near Marble Arch, you’ll find Speaker’s Corner, where anyone and everyone who has an opinion can jump on the old crate and speak their mind.  This happens every Sunday and any topic is ... well topical.

Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is highly favoured by tourist, why you may ask?  Well, Trafalgar Square hosts well known sights such as the National Gallery and Nelsons Column.  If you’re hungry or maybe want to do a bit of shopping close to Trafalgar Square, then a quick walk to Chinatown and Convent Garden will be your best option.

Street Markets

London has many street markets and amongst them is Portobello Market which is located in West London.  Portobello Market extends up to Notting Hill, yes that Notting Hill from the movie with Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts. So whilst there, you might want to take a minute a two  to find places mentioned in the movie such as The Travel Bookshop, the Blue Door and more.  The market gets quiet busy and lots of time is needed to sift through the many vendors, be sure to wear comfy shoes and most of all have fun!

South Bank

Ever heard of the London EyeTate Modern?  Well along the River of Thames, you can view these majestic landmarks, at no cost of course.  You can also find out about free walking tours, which include walking from London Eye to Imperial War Museum or from Tate Britain to the Design Museum.

Free walking tour anyone?

There’ no catch, really. Sandeman’s New London Tours operate two free walking tours twice daily in London. Do the Old City of London or Royal London free tours to take in many of the city’s top sights.

Who said all tours were expensive?  London is calling, so contact us for a London holiday package on 0860 400 727.

Happy Travels!