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See below for 50 random free places to visit in London.


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Heathfield Recreation Ground

A recently added sensory trail has been a popular addition to the facilities here.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Danson Park

A large park with one of the best childrens playgrounds in London.
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Kyoto Garden

Japanese Garden within Holland Park that was built in 1992 in remembrance of the Japanese Festival held in London that year.
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Dilston Grove Gallery

Arts project space within Southwark Park.
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St. James Park

St James Park is the oldest of the royal parks. It contains both The Mall and Horse Guards Parade.
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Thames Barrier

Opened in 1982, the Thames Barrier provides flood defences for the city of London. Costing £16,000 to close the flood barrier each time, it has been closed 175 times up to April 2015.
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Coppetts Wood

Declared a local nature reserve in 1997 containing several types of habitat.
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Twickenham Bridge

The first bridge in the UK to use permanent hinges as expansion joints and is listed as a grade II structure.
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Broomfield Park Conservatory

Built in 1934 and refurbished by the council in 2018, the conservatory is run by volunteers.
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Rowley Green Common

Common land forming a local nature reserve adjacent to Arkley golf course.
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Bromley Museum

A local history museum housed in The Central Library.
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Beddington Park

Formerly part of a deer park owned by Carew Manor, this is a large park with diverse areas for wildlife and play.
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Lake Farm Country Park

Used as a testing ground for military radar equipment until the 1990s, it was developed as a country park and opened to the public in 2002.
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Carnaby Street

World famous for boutique fashion shops and the centre of the swinging London of the 1960s.
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V and A Museum of Childhood

This is the Victoria and Albert museums collection of childhood related items and is located in Bethnal Green.
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Regents Park

Regents Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Marys Gardens where you can see more than 30,000 roses.
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Tower Bridge

One of the most famous sites in London, this twin bascule bridge was built in 1892.
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Barnet Museum

Local History Museum containing hundreds of artefacts dating from the Bronze Age to modern times.
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Jubilee Country Park

Chalk meadows and woodlands covering 60 acres.
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Mertyl Avenue

For any planespotter, the park at the end of Mertyl Avenue is the place to go. Directly under the landing flightpath at Heathrow Airport, spotters can find themselves up close with giant airliners coming into London.
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Greatfields Park

A 15 acre public space opened in 1926 when it was known as Movers Lane.
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Ham Common

Local Nature Reserve between Ham Avenues and Ham Common Woods.
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Coldfall Wood

A 35 acre site of ancient woodland that is managed by coppicing to encourage a diversity of wildlife.
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Beam Valley Country Park

An award winning green space which has been designed to provide flood protection for the surrounding area.
3

Clockmakers Museum

The oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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Deen City Farm

An urban farm in South West London with goats, horses, chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits and guinea pigs.
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Oxleas Wood

Ancient oak woodland in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
4

Ben Uri Gallery

This is a museum of primarily Jewish Art that has resided in this temporary location since 2002.
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Big Ben

Big Ben is the popular name of the Elizabeth Tower that houses the Great Bell which has the nickname of Big Ben.
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Boston Manor House

A three storey Jacobean Manor House, built in 1623 and situated in parkland.
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Park Hill Recreation Ground

The area became a public park in the 1880s, having previously been the site of a reservoir.
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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

The museum collection covers all aspects of British pharmacy history.
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Queen's Wood Local Nature Reserve

Fifty two acres of ancient woodland mainly comprised of oak and hornbeam.
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Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Built in 1817, operational until 1864 and opened as a museum in 1976.
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Roundshaw Downs

The largest chalk grassland area in the Borough of Sutton.
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Whitewebbs Park

This public park was purchased from the Whitewebbs estate by the local council in 1931.
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Brick Lane Market

Brick lane Market is open on Sundays and is a traditional flea market.
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Hamleys

The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.
3

Millwall Park

Home ground of Millwall F.C. between 1897 and 1910 and also the site of a rope manufacturing facility.
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Old Courthouse Rec Ground

Previously a pasture with a brewery and stables, the park was opened in 1924.
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Imperial War Museum

Museum with exhibits about conflict, particularly those involving Britain and the Commonwealth from World War 1 to the present.
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Jubilee Gardens

Pleasant gardens with a childrens playground at the foot of the London Eye.
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London Wall

A section of the Roman London Wall built around AD200 adjoining the Tower of London.
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Putney Sculpture Trail

A series of nine sculptures located by the South bank of the River Thames to either side of Putney Bridge.
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The Monument

The Monument was built in 1671-77 to commemorate the Great Fire of London in 1666.
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Postmans Park

Pretty park with an interesting Victorian memorial to commemorate those who died saving others.
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Rushgrove Park

An open space alongside the Silk Stream which flows to the Brent resevoir.
3

Hayes Old Rectory Gardens

A formal garden dating from 1906 that was the garden of the rectory.
We have over 1000 ideas for FREE things to do and places to go for anyone visiting, or living in London.

If you are looking for ideas about having a day out then browse through our lists of sightseeing ideas for inspiration - whatever the weather London has in store there are plenty of indoor and outdoor activities listed.

The majority of London attractions listed are free to visit and include museums, art galleries, childrens farms, childrens playgrounds, gardens, historic sites, markets, nature, parks, skateparks, sports, leisure, landmarks and London events.

Many of the most famous art galleries the city has to offer are featured on the site including Tate Modern, The National Gallery and the Saatchi Gallery. Details can also be found of much smaller and less well known sites including the Serpentine Galleries in Hyde Park and the Pump House Gallery in Battersea Park.

Children are well catered for in the city with many parks having playgrounds ranging from swings and slides to the pirate ship in the Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens.

There are several childrens farms spread across London - one of our favourite ones is in Crystal Palace Park where you can also take the children to check out the Victorian dinosaur statues that reside in and around the lake.

For a slightly older age group are many skateparks and you can also find free to use tennis courts and outdoor gym equipment in some of the parks.

We will soon have an events page that lists out the well known annual events including Notting Hill Carnival, The Lord Mayors Show, Trooping The Colour and The Boat Race. Several institutions such as the LSE and The Royal Society offer free lectures and you can also be entertained at places like The Scoop next to City Hall or watch the street performers at Covent Garden.

London is a surprisingly green city with the large Royal Parks in the centre of town and Battersea Park just a short distance away on the South side of the River Thames. Greenwich Park is partly a deer park and also houses historical sites such as the Royal Observatory and the National Maritime Museum which are both free to visit.

Further out there are many woodlands, the largest being Epping Forest which covers 6000 acres of North London stretching from Chingford to Epping. Large areas of the forest are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conversation and there are 4 visitor centres.

Historic sites and London landmarks frequently go hand in hand, for example both Tower Bridge and The Tower Of London are known around the world but with interesting historical backgrounds - and don't forget The Monument to the Great Fire of London, located in Pudding Lane just a short walk across the river from London Bridge Station.

Then of course there are more modern landmarks such as the Gherkin and the Shard which are both spectacular buildings, but the areas around can also reveal other places of interest like the public artworks in the streets surrounding the Gherkin (including rusty metal dinosaurs and a large globe made from stainless steel nuts and bolts).

Marble Arch hosts two large public artworks in the form of a giant horses head and Ghengis Khan mounted on his horse. Henry Moore sculptures can be found by the Thames at Millbank and at College Gardens near the Houses of Parliament. Please note that not all of the landmarks and historic sites are free to enter but we have included them if good views can be had of them from the surrounding streets.

So there is plenty to see and do for a daytrip, an extended visit or a full holiday in London and it need not be expensive.

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