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


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Gladstone Park

Named after the ex Prime Minister William Gladstone who died in 1898. The park was opened in 1901.
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Hamleys

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

The biggest toy shop in the world, Hamleys has seven floors of toys and games to browse through.
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Tower Bridge Walk Of Fame

A series of decorative plaques highlighting the people who have worked on the bridge.
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Mayesbrook Park

This 100 acre park was opened in 1934 to provide open space for the newly built local housing estate.
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Alexandra Park Skate Park

Free pre-cast concrete skate park situated next to the ice rink in Alexandra Park.
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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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Haling Grove

Formerly part of the grounds of Haling Grove House, which was demolished in 1936.
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Buckingham Palace

Buckingham Palace is the official residence of the monarch and has been since 1837.
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East Ham Central Park

A Victorian park retaining many of the original trees and formal gardens.
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Rennie Gardens

A small garden with well planted flower beds and mature trees.
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Chalkhill BMX Track

Three bike tracks of different grades.
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Central Park Dagenham

Central Park is a large 80 acre public space created in the 1930s.
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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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The Monument

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

One of Londons most famous landmarks, the Abbey has been the church used for coronations since 1066 and is the last resting place of 17 kings and queens.
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Vestry House Museum

Local history museum containing its own police cell.
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Kingston Bridge

Kingston Bridge was the only bridge crossing the Thames between Staines and London Bridge until Putney Bridge was opened in 1729.
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Lesnes Abbey Woods

Lesnes Abbey Wood offers a variety of habitats including woodlands, heathland and ornamental gardens as well as the ruins of Lesnes Abbey.
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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.
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Ruislip Woods National Nature Reserve

Londons first National Nature Reserve is the largest area of ancient woodland in Greater London.
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Business Design Centre

The Business Design Centre in Islington is host to a number of free exhibitions across the year, although not all of them are free. For more details as well as information on upcoming events
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Royal Oak Skatepark

A mixture of old and new under cover of the A40 flyover. It is also known as the Meanwhile 2 skatepark.
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Grove Park

Carshalton Ponds border the park and the River Wandle flows from them through the park via a picturesque waterfall.
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Clapham Common

Large open common with 2 childrens play areas, a paddling pool in the summer, flower gardens and the oldest bandstand in greater London.
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Bank of England Museum

Museum telling the story of the Bank of England since its creation in 1694 to the present day.
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The Rookery

The Rookery in Streatham Common is a landscaped garden with an ornamental pond, flowers beds, water features and a rock garden.
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Lesnes Abbey Ruin

Extensive remains of the 12th Century abbey along with information boards and associated art works.
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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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Lambeth Bridge

Lambeth Bridge was built by Dorman Long and opened in 1932. Dorman Long also built the tyne Bridge in Newcastle Upon Tyne.
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Putney Bridge

Designed by the civil engineer Joseph Bazalgette who was responsible for creating Londons sewer network in the 1860s.
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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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Upminster Park

A green flag park in central Upminster.
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Barham Park

Open parkland and formal gardens formed from the grounds of Crabs House.
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Brick Lane Market

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

Londons largest open space covering 6000 acres stretches from Chingford to Epping.
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Eastbrookend Discovery Centre

Visitor centre for the Eastbrookend Country Park, previously named the Millenium Centre.
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Waddon Ponds

Once used as millponds for a medieval corn mill they are now a haven for waterfowl.
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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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London Chatham And Dover Railway Sign

Brightly painted insignia of the London Chatham and Dover Railway dating from 1864.
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Richmal Crompton Fields

Open common with woodlands and childrens playground.
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Roosevelt Memorial

Memorial to American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt who was a close ally in World War 2.
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Mountsfield Park

Home to the biennial Peoples Day festival and one time home of Charlton F.C.
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Tate Modern

National Museum of modern and contemporary art.
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Natural History Museum

Unmissable museum of the natural world for the young and old alike. There are millions of exhibits including the massive blue whale skeleton in the central hall.
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Borough Market

Borough Market is primarily a food market offering a wide range of British and International produce just a short walk from London Bridge station.
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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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Coppetts Wood

Declared a local nature reserve in 1997 containing several types of habitat.
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London Wall

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