London for free
Changing the Guard
The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. See website for more details.
Horse Guards Parade Whitehall
Whitehall (Trafalgar Square), Mon - Sat 11am, Sun 10am.
The former fruit and vegetable market is now a popular tourist attraction containing cafes, pubs, small shops, and a craft market. There is free street entertainment with daily performances. Tube Station Covent Garden or Leicester Square.
Hyde Parks (Marble Arch), tube station Marble Arch.
The Scoop at More London
More London Free Festival. Every year from June to September at The Scoop. Free music, dance, theatre, films and more. No tickets — first come, first served.
The Scoop, located on the Southbank opposite the Tower of London, Tube Station London Bridge, Bus RV1.
Foyer Music - free concerts in the 'Djanogly Concert Pitch' Monday to Saturday evenings (pre-performance) and at lunch time on Sundays.
Tube Station Waterloo, Bus RV1.
LSO St Luke's - London Symphony Orchestra
Free Friday lunchtime concerts , 161 Old Street, Barbican, Tube Station Old Street.
Discover more about music and instruments of the orchestra in the beautiful setting of the Jerwood Hall in specially designed concerts by LSO musicians and students from the Guildhall School. The concerts offer an informal introduction to the LSO and the world of music-making. Each concert begins at 12.30pm and lasts for 45 minutes. The café is open for tea and coffee before the concert from 12pm. The concerts are free and you can just turn up on the day.
Free entry to most of the major museums and galleries in London
Bank of England Museum
The museum shows the history of the Bank of England and its role in today’s economy. Open Mon - Fri 10.00-17.00. Bartholomew Lane, tube stations Bank, Monument, Cannon Street, Bus 8, 11, 21, 23, 25, 26, 43, 47, 48, 76, 133, 141, 149 and 242 (Threadneedle Street).
Great Russell Street, Bus 7, tube stations Tottenham Court Road or Russel Square. Open daily 10.00–17.30.
Imperial War Museum
The museum presents background information and people’s experiences of wars and conflict. Open daily 10am - 6pm, last admission 5.30pm. Lambeth Road, tube station Lambeth North, Bus 159, 360, 109, 344 and 360.
Museum of London
The museum opened in 1976. Visitors will gain some insight into the history of London and its people. Open 10.00-18.00, last admission 17.40. 150 London Wall, tube stations Barbican, St Paul's, Bus 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 25, 172, 242, 521.
The National Gallery houses a collection of paintings from the 13th to the 19th century. Opening hours daily 10am – 6pm, Friday 10am – 9pm. Tube station Charing Cross (Trafalgar Square) or Leicester Square. Free entry except for special exhibitions.
National Maritime Museum
It is supposed to be the world's largest maritime museum, filled with exhibits of exploration and endeavour at sea and packed with impressive objects in fascinating galleries. Free entry except for special exhibitions. Open 10.00 - 17.00, last admission 16.30, Thu 10.00 -20.00, last admission 19.30. Romney Road, Greenwich, tube station (DLR) Cutty Sark, Thames boat trip: Greenwich Pier.
Natural History Museum
There are over 30 permanent galleries to explore, including the famous Dinosaurs, the Human Biology gallery and the new Volcanoes and Earthquakes gallery. Free entry except for special exhibitions. Open 10.00 - 17.50, last admission 17.30. Cromwell Road/ Exhibition Road, South Kensington, tube station South Kensington. Take the foot tunnel from South Kensington tube station to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, Trafalgar Square. Tube stations Charing Cross or Leicester Square. Bus 24, 29, 176 (and all bus routes to Trafalgar Square). Open 10.00 - 18.00, Thu & Fri 10.00 - 21.00. Free entry except for special exhibitions.
Old Royal Observatory
Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich. Tube station (DLR) Cutty Sark, Thames boat trip: Greenwich Pier. The Royal Observatory and Planetarium are in Greenwich Park, at the top of a steep hill (walking time from Greenwich Cutty Sark DLR station or Greenwich Pier to the Royal Observatory is 20-25 minutes). Visitors like standing astride two hemispheres at the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the world's Prime Meridian.
16–18 Ramillies Street (Oxford Street), tube station Oxford Circus. Open 9.30-18.00, Thu 9.30-20.00, Sat 10.00-18.00, Sun 11.30-18.00.
Open 10.00 - 18.00 (last entry 17.15). Exhibition Road, South Kensington, tube station South Kensington. Take the foot tunnel from South Kensington tube station to the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Every last Wednesday of a month Science Museum Lates.
Millbank, tube station Pimlico, Bus 87, 88, C10. Open 10.00-18.00. Free entry except for special exhibitions.
The Tate Gallery of Modern Art, or just Tate Modern, houses a collection of international modern and contemporary art. Bankside, Southbank at Millenium Bridge next to Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.Tube stations London Bridge, Southwark, St. Paul's (over Millenium Bridge). Bus 15, 23 (and more routes) to St Paul's Cathedral (over Millenium Bridge), Bus RV1 or 381, Stop Great Guildford Street, Southwark Street or Lavington Street, Bus 344, Stop Southwark Bridge Road (stairs down to Bankside). Free entry except for special exhibitions. Opening times Sunday – Thursday 10.00–18.00, Friday and Saturday, 10.00–22.00.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, tube station South Kensington. Take the foot tunnel from South Kensington tube station to the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. Open 10.00-17.45, on Fridays 22.00 in special departments.