It seems to be the general consensus that London is an expensive city – expensive to live there, expensive to go out there (both during the day and night!), and most definitely expensive to visit for the weekend. However, if you do your research prior to visiting, you’ll be surprised at the amount of cheap and cheerful things there are to see and do in the capital! Similarly, if you live there, it is useful to find free things to do in London so you aren’t breaking the bank trying to find places to visit during your spare time.
London is such a big place, we’ve decided to split it up into regions, starting with North London. Check out our list of free things to do there:
1Kentish Town City Farm
If you’ve got the kids with you, or you’re a big kid yourself and simply can’t resist goats, sheep, horses, ducks, chickens, geese, pigs and cows – Kentish Town City Farm is the perfect place to visit in North London! Not only is the farm free to enter, but it is situated on a four-acre site, alongside railway lines – much to the surprise of some commuters and visitors! KTCF also has beautiful pasture areas, a horse riding arena, a wildlife pond and stunning community gardens. If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours, this city farm is the perfect way to do so! Just pack a picnic and head down.
2Royal Air Force Museum London
Yes, the RAF Museum in North London is free to get in – we can’t believe it either! Home to some of the country’s oldest aircraft, aviation artefacts and other memorabilia, the RAF Museum is the perfect place to visit on a day out in North London. Ideal for people of all ages, the museum not only features countless hangars and war planes, but there is also an Aeronauts Interactive Centre where kids can learn how flying a plane actually works. Our advice is to travel there by public transport because parking is limited, but this one simply cannot be missed!
Located in a huge hillside park with stunning views overlooking central London, Alexandra Palace is open and free for the public to visit – just make sure you check that there isn’t an event on before you pop down, as this could mean you’ll have to pay to get in! The beautiful palace first opened in 1873 and once attracted an astounding 70,000 people a day. “Ally Pally” is also the location of the world’s first ever television broadcast back in 1936! Our advice is to visit for a walk around the grounds – the views are absolutely beautiful.
4William Morris Gallery
Located in Walthamstow, North London, this is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of one of Britain’s most famous designers, William Morris. Featuring nine galleries teaching visitors about the life and works of the man himself, the William Morris Gallery is home to collections of paintings, textiles, furniture, ceramics, and personal items related to Morris and his associates, including the Pre-Raphaelite artists. It doesn’t matter if you’re already a die-hard Morris fan, or you aren’t familiar with his work; this gallery is definitely worth a visit, and you won’t leave without becoming a Morris aficionado! Plus, it’s free to get in.
As one of London’s most popular tourist attractions, Camden Market is an absolute must-see, whether you’re visiting North London for the weekend or you live nearby. The historic stable markets are what attracts people to Camden, and the canal walk is beautiful – weather permitting! Costs can add up if you’re not careful, but there’s plenty to see and do for free. Walk around and soak it all in – along with the original Camden Market next to Regent’s Canal, there are more than six others stretching from Camden Town to Chalk Farm; Camden Lock, Camden Stables Market, Canal Market, Buck Street Market, Inverness Street Market, and the one inside Electric Ballroom.
*The information presented is accurate as of July 2017.