Best FREE things to do in London

I have compiled  my favourite free things to join London, from museums to street art! I believe there is something for everyone to do, let me know what are your favourite things to do in London?

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GOD'S OWN JUNKYARD

God’s Own Junkyard showcases the late neon artist Chris Bracey’s personal collection of work in a salvage yard in Walthamstow. It contains everything from his signage for Soho sex clubs in the ‘60s to his work for the movie industry, including pieces that were used in ‘Captain America’, ‘Eyes Wide Shut’, ‘Byzantium’ and more. Within the junkyard visit the Rolling Scones café which offers cream teas and a selection of freshly baked cakes and food, or head to the bar for an alcoholic beverage.

Address:

Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate

Walthamstow

London

E17 9HQ

Opening Times:

Fridays and Saturdays, 11am to 9pm

Sundays, 11am to 6pm

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BARBICAN CONSERVATORY

Home to exotic fish and over 1,500 species of tropical plants and trees, a visit to the second biggest conservatory in London is a perfect way to enjoy a lazy day out with friends and family.

Address:

Barbican Centre (level 3)

Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Opening Times:

Sun 22 Dec 12pm – 5pm

Sun 29 Dec 12pm – 5pm

Wed 1 Jan 12pm – 5pm

Sun 12 Jan 12pm – 5pm

Sun 19 Jan 12pm – 5pm

Sun 26 Jan 12pm – 5pm

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SHOREDITCH STREET ART

London is one of the world’s premier cities to view street art and there is no better place to see it than in London’s East End. Renowned artists as well as the anonymous hit the London streets to put up some of the most impressive pieces of artwork.

 

 

Jam packed full of eclectic, interesting, shocking, and beautiful street art, this area of London is practically blanketed in some of the most famous street art in existence.

You can roam East London on your own or you could join us on one of our free London Street Art and Graffiti Tours

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SAATCHI GALLERY

The exhibitions focus on young artists and international artists who have rarely been seen in the UK. Committed to inspire a passion for contemporary art in all audiences, the Saatchi Gallery supports innovative art through temporary exhibitions, an educational programme and events.

Address:

Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4RY

Opening Times:

Sun - Wed 9am - 7pm

Thu - Sat 9am - 10pm

Museum entry is free but exhibitions and events may require tickets and incur a charge.

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SKY GARDEN

Despite its snazzy design and glitzy reputation, The Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street is actually a public space that’s free to explore – but definitely busy, so ensure you book well in advance. Towering over London, the highly Instagrammable enlarged glass dome sprawls three storeys dedicated to landscapes, public gardens, and social space. You’ll have one hour to explore which is plenty, so take your time immersing yourself in this oasis in the city, and be sure to visit the Francis Golding Terrace, accessible from level 35 and open to the public on the weekends only.

Free tickets are required.

Address:

20 Fenchurch St, London, EC3M 8AF

Public Visiting Times:

Monday - Friday 10am - 6pm

Weekends & Bank Holidays 11am - 9pm

Book your free visit here

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DESIGN MUSEUM

The Design Museum is a museum in Kensington, London, which covers product, industrial, graphic, fashion, and architectural design. In 2018 the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award.

Address:

224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG

Opening Times:

10am - 6pm daily (last entry 5pm)

Open until 8pm every first Friday of the month.

Closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day

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CHOCOLATE MUSEUM 

The highlight of the museum is the ‘Choco-tale’, an interactive tasting trail that spans the whole history of cocoa. It comes paired with a box of thirteen different treats, from traditional Mayan chocolates to modern French efforts, and results in a rather tasty jaunt through history. Did you know chocolate was first introduced to Europe as a drug? These are the kind of fun tidbits The Chocolate Museum can enlighten you with.

Address:

187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, SW9 8BA.

Opening Times:

Wed - Fri 2 - 7pm

Sat 11am - 6pm

Sun 11am - 5.30pm

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Entry to the museum is free but workshops start at £14.50.

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MARKETS

There are SO many amazing markets in London, you could literally do nothing else during your visit and still not see all of them.From pretty plants to vegan street food or vintage slogan T-shirts, there’s a London market to suit every taste – and of course they’re all totally free to enter. Some of our favourites include Billingsgate Fish Market, one of London’s oldest and smelliest markets; Broadway Market, the home of delicious street food and handmade fashion in the hipster heart of Hackney; Colombia Road Flower Market for more flowers  and succulents than your eyes can handle; Brick Lane Market for vintage trinkets and cheap street food; Herne Hill Farmer’s Market for a less crowded version of Broadway Market; and Maltby Street Market, which is fast becoming one of London’s coolest street food markets.