Unforgettable London – Shoestring Budget

London is an incredible city overflowing with tradition and culture. However, it also carries the rather debilitating stigma of being one of the most expensive cities in Europe. While travelling on a budget around Europe, it can be easy to set aside only a few days to your stay in London or worse still avoid it completely due to budget restraints. Yes, it’s true that living in London can be extremely expensive, but this doesn’t have to be the case for travellers. In fact it’s possible to have an action-packed tour of London on a shoestring budget. In the following list are just a few of the places you can visit for free throughout London It is by no means an all- inclusive list but it does demonstrate the sheer variety of free activities available across the capital from exhibitions to live shows.. To make the most of your time in London, you should find yourself a cheap and cheerful apartment from which you can use as a base to explore the great array of free attractions that London has to offer.

The Scoop

The Scoop is an open-air amphitheatre in the centre of London with a capacity of around 800 people. It is a relatively unknown venue, especially for tourists yet during the summer months it hosts a wide variety of both classic and modern films, shows and live music. While there is no need to buy advance tickets, entry to The Scoop operates on a first come-first serve basis, so be sure to check ahead for entry times to guarantee yourself a seat.

 

British Museum

Established over 260 years ago, the British Museum houses one of the largest collection of historical and cultural exhibits in the world including the most extensive collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Cairo. While it may be necessary to buy advance tickets for certain temporary exhibitions, the entrance to the museum, as with many other major museums and galleries in London, is free of charge.

 British Museum  

Tate Modern
An absolute must for art lovers, the Tate Modern on the South Bank is an essential visit while in London. In fact, even if you are a bit of an art sceptic, it’s a worthwhile visit as you are bound to find something there to suit your taste. The gallery combines both modern art by contemporary influential artists with classic pieces by famous artists such as Picasso and Monet.

The Scoop

Speaker’s Corner – Hyde Park

If you happen to be in or around Hyde Park, it is worth popping by Speaker’s Corner in the north east of the park. Historically a location for promoting free speech and democracy, it is an area where anyone is encouraged to talk, preach or rant on any subject, so long as they are staying within the boundaries of the law. Spend a bit of time meandering through the curious onlookers as passionate public speakers deliver their political, religious or philosophical views.

 

Natural History Museum

When you walk through the entrance you are instantly struck by two things. Firstly, the stunning architecture inside the museum, then you notice the imposing Diplodocus dinosaur statue waiting to greet you in the main hall. From there you can wander through the expansive collection with over 70 million items from throughout the natural world. Again some temporary exhibitions do cost money but the collection is so expansive that there’s still plenty to see and do.
Crystal Palace Park – South London
If you want to spend some quality time outdoors enjoying the British summer then this  Park in South London is a great place to visit, especially for a family day out. These former Victorian pleasure gardens host a children’s farm, the National Sports Centre, and one of the largest mazes in the country. Be sure to seek out the collection of large Dinosaurs and extinct mammals dotted around the park as well.

Crystal Palace Dinosaur Park

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