Things to do | Posted 06 Feb 2012
Exploring London on a budget? You don't have to let a lack of funds keep you from having a great time. There are plenty of cheap, inexpensive, and discounted activities to enjoy around the city... but we're going to take it one step further and give you ten things to do in London that are completely FREE!

10: The British Museum

Housing everything from Aztec masks to imperial Japanese wood elephants, the British Museum is one of London's most popular tourist destinations - and you won't pay a dime!

9: Trafalgar Square

An impressive collection of landmarks by day, Trafalgar Square really lights up at night - literally. The square attracts millions of tourists each year in anticipation of their New Year's and VE Day light shows. And when you're done, you can just hop on over to one of the many hotels in London city centre on offer!

8: Borough Market

Part mall, part co-op, the Borough Market is an internationally-recognized food market and one-stop-shop for anyone who enjoys tasty dishes and foreign delicacies. Just be sure you bring a bigger belt!

7: Greenwich Observatory

Was your trip destined in the stars? Plan a visit to the Greenwich Observatory and find out. You can enjoy displays, exhibits and even use their massive telescope all for free.

6: Buckingham Palace

While the actual tours require a ticket, there's nothing to stop you from seeing the place and grabbing a few pictures. Time your visit right and you can even catch the changing of the guard in full dress and ceremony.

5: National Theatre

Free music! What could be better? Catch the National Theatre on a Saturday afternoon for free concerts and other live entertainment.

4: Hyde Park

Covering over 600 acres, Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in the United Kingdom, and entrance is completely free. Tour the rose gardens, amuse yourself at the famous Speaker's Corner or just enjoy a leisurely stroll through the games, festivals, carnivals, competitions, and outdoor concerts that are hosted there every year.

3: Camden Markets

Shop for everything from trendy clothes to priceless antiques in the bustling sprawl of the Camden Markets. Not only is it a retail experience unlike any other, but the only money you'll lose is the money you feel like spending!

2: National Gallery

A must-see for art lovers, the National Gallery plays host to thousands of paintings, sculptures and masterpieces from all over the globe. Van Gogh? da Vinci? Michelangelo? You can find them all here - and it won't cost you a cent.

1: The Thames

Take a stroll along the London Bridge - following the Thames - for the ultimate view of one of the greatest cities on Earth. You'll see Big Ben, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, and much much more.

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