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What to see in London for free

What to see and do in London for free

Let’s face it – the capital is expensive, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on London’s best attractions. In fact, some of the best sights in London are totally free!

From sneaking a peak at Buckingham Palace to playing at Harry Potter, there’s a lot to do in the Big Smoke that won’t break the budget.

Discover world-class museums

All museums in London have free admission, but there are a couple that should be top of your list. The Natural History Museum is famous for the giant diplodocus skeleton in the vast central hall – you can also see a ‘real’ roaring T.rex – while the Science Museum is perfect for any fans of Tim Peake; explore rockets, satellites and the actual Apollo 10 capsule.

Visit the Queen

For a slice of quintessential Britishness, don’t miss the daily Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. Watch the soldiers in their red tunics and black bearskin hats promenade outside the palace, accompanied by a military band, as one regiment takes over from another. Grab a spot outside the gates by 11:30 to guarantee a good view.

Stroll along the South Bank

If you’re more of an urban rambler, enjoy a few hours walking along the South Bank and take in some of London’s most iconic landmarks. Look out for St Paul’s, the London Eye, Tower Bridge, the OXO Tower and the National Theatre. Teens will love the skate park under the Southbank Centre, while there are plenty of restaurants along the route to keep you going.

Get involved at Covent Garden

Once you’ve browsed through the tiny stalls in the piazza and done a bit of window-shopping with the big-name brands, it’s time to be entertained by the buskers and street performers surrounding the market building. Whether it’s magicians, living statues or aspiring singers, there’s something for everyone.

Catch the Hogwarts Express

Fans of Harry Potter – young and old – should get down to King’s Cross station, where they can be snapped pushing (half) a trolley through a wall to the magical Platform 9¾. The pics are free, although you may have to queue for your turn, but the Harry Potter Shop next door has plenty of opportunities to spend pocket money on bits and bobs about the boy wizard.

Stay late at the Tate

Get your art fix with a visit to the renowned Tate Modern. Start with the always-intriguing installation in the huge Turbine Hall, previous exhibits include Ai Weiwei’s sunflower seeds, then discover works by Picasso, Dalí, Warhol and Cézanne. Check out the new pyramid tower extension, and enjoy a drink or two with an unbeatable view of London in the bar.

There’s so much more to see in the city for free – like Big BenBorough Market or Harrods – you need to start planning your next trip right now!

Just book a bunk on our overnight service and arrive ready to enjoy London for less.

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