Top Ten: Free things to do in London

(posted by Emily)

With summer vacation fast approaching (though not as quickly as if I taught at a regular public school!), it is time to start thinking about our month-long London and EuroAdventure trip! I've been doing some research about free things to do while in London, since we'll be making our home there longest and don't want to break the bank with all of our adventures. 

Londonist is a great site that highlights events, attractions, get togethers, and all of the great things London has to offer. I signed up for the daily email newsletter, that details things to do in London today. It has been fun to read about all the offerings over the past few months, though it hasn't helped my desire to get this trip underway as soon as possible! Here are ten great, FREE things to do in London!

Top Ten: Free things to do in London

1) Museums - TONS of museums are open to the public with free admission! The Natural History Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, the Hackney Museum, the Science Museum, and the Royal Academy of Music are just a few of the offerings!

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2) Farms - There are 13 city farms that offer free admission and tours. I definitely think I can talk Rick into checking at least one of these :) 

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3) Ceremony of the Keys - This may take a little advance planning (a letter to the Ceremony of the Key Office), but sounds fascinating. From The Guardian: "Every night, for something like 700 years, the Yeoman Warders of the Tower of London have performed a gate-closing ritual known as the Ceremony of the Keys. Only once, when a bomb knocked a couple of warders off their feet, has the ceremony been so much as delayed. It has never been cancelled. Members of the public can view the ceremony for free by writing to Ceremony of the Keys Office, Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB."

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4) British Library - Not only home to books, the library regularly hosts exhibitions, some temporary, some permanent. And, there's free wifi!

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5) Postman's Park - I know I've talked about the park before, but I can't wait to see it in person!
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6) Parks - Lots of green space means lots of places to pull out a blanket and read a book! Some standard favorites are Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens.

7) Queen's House Greenwich - or, anywhere I try to catch a glimpse of Wills, Kate, and George. 
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8) The London Wall - For a little Roman history

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9) Changing the Guard  - Looks like we'll miss out on this one, or they haven't updated their calendar to include summer dates yet. A free way to experience the traditions of Buckingham Palace, without paying an entry fee!

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10) Walking and wandering - always my favorite thing to do in a new city. Somehow, we always stumble upon great restaurants (Flatbread Company in Paia for example), shopping, and sights while exploring on foot. Free transportation is the best transportation!

Here are a few more sites to help you find free things to do in London!


Have you come across any great free attractions lately?
--E&R

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