London may boast some of the top attractions in the world, but if you are travelling on a budget, some of them may be out of reach.
The good news is that you can visit many of the top attractions in the capital absolutely free. Seven of the best free attractions in London include:
The Royal Festival Hall
This immense building was originally constructed for the Festival of Britain in 1951, and is still a major player in London´s cultural scene. The ground floor hosts many free concerts and exhibitions throughout the year, usually at weekends. Not only does the Royal Festival Hall offer free shows, but you can also enjoy one of the best views of London from the 5th floor, and enjoy the ascent in the singing lift! Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout the Hall.
The Ceremony of the Keys
A nightly ritual by the Yeomans at the Tower of London, the Ceremony of the keys dates back 700 years. The ceremony has only ever been delayed once when a bomb landed scarily close to the Tower and blasted a couple of Yeomans off their feet. It has never been cancelled however. Visitors can view the ceremony by writing to Ceremony of the Keys Office, Tower of London, London, EC3N 4AB.
The British Museum
No tour of free attractions in London would be complete without visiting The world famous British Museum. The most popular displays include the Elgin Marbles and the Egyptian Exhibitions. There is no better place to see artefacts from almost every major civilisation, including the Romans and the Greeks. Take your time to explore the Enlightenment Rooms with sections including Religion and Ritual, Trade and Discovery and The Birth of Archaeology.
The Wallace Collection
Hertford House is situated to the north of Oxford Street and houses the Wallace Collection. This incredible collection includes fine art including paintings by Rembrandt and Titian, weapons and armour and beautifully designed rooms. If you have time, enjoy a meal at the Wallace Restaurant, a French style bistro, which is situated in the atrium – one of the most glamorous locations in London.
The Tate Modern
The Tate Modern hosts some of the most exquisite modern art exhibits in the world and is situated in the former Bankside Power Station building. Exhibiting contemporary art and a national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day, the Tate Modern has over 70,000 artworks. Every 6 months one artist makes full use of the space in the Turbine Hall with a giant sculpture to represent their work.
The Scoop is situated next to City Hall and offers free cinema and theatre performances, with 800 seats going begging. During the warmer months, the amphitheatre is in use most evenings with live music, theatre, dance and even keep fit. Not many people are aware that City Hall next door is also open to the public and the quirky gallery downstairs is well worth a look.
If you enjoy listening to self-proclaimed orators from all over the world, take a trip to Hyde Park and Speakers´ Corner. This place has been famous since Queen Victoria reigned, and many speakers wax lyrical about their beliefs on religion, politics or anything that takes their fancy. Everyone is welcome to jump on the soap box, as long as they stay within the laws of free speech. To be found in the north-east corner of Hyde Park.
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