60 family friendly things to do in London for free

Whether it's business or pleasure, there are so many things to do in London for free with your family, here are 59 of them, can you tick them all off?

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Whether you’re in London for business or pleasure, there’s a vibe in the bustling capital city that can’t be ignored. I’m lucky enough to live not far away and I travel to London fairly frequently for blog events, meetings and press trips. I spent three years living in the centre of London when I was a student nurse, and I had to be creative as we had a very small bursary that just about covered our food costs let alone anything else! My Granny lived in London and would always take us to many places that I have since taken my children too and we haven’t even scratched the surface yet! Here are my top free attractions and things to do in London.

Free Museums in London:

1. The Science Museum

2. The Natural History Museum

3. The V & A (Victoria and Albert) Museum – art and cultural history

4. The British Museum

5. Museum of London

6. National Gallery

7. National Maritime Museum

8. Tate Modern

9. The Imperial War Museum

10. The Horniman Museum and Gardens

11. The Anaesthesia Museum

12. London Sewing Machine Museum

Parks in London:

13. Regent’s Park

14. Hyde Park

15. Clapham Common

16. Primrose Hill

17. Greenwich Park including GMT

18. Crystal Palace Park

19. Kensington Gardens

20. Battersea Park

21. Hampstead Heath

22. St James’ Park (Opposite Buckingham Palace)

23. Victoria Park

24. Holland Park

25. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

26. Brockwell Park

27. Wimbledon Common

28. Green Park

29. Finsbury Park

30. Walpole Park

Free Exhibitions in London

31. The Photographer’s Gallery

32. Whitechapel Gallery

33. Wellcome Collection

34. The Saatchi Gallery

35. National Portrait Gallery

36. The Barbican Centre

37. Museum of London Dockyards

38. Royal Academy of Arts

39. The Wallace Collection

Famous Department Stores to Visit in London

Free to browse but I can’t guarantee you won’t spend money!

40. Harrods

41. Hamleys

42. Selfridges

43. Libertys

44. Harvey Nicholls

45. Fortnum & Mason

46. M & Ms World

Free City Farms in London

47. Vauxhall City Farm

48. Mudchute Farm and Park

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Whether it's business or pleasure, there are so many things to do in London for free with your family, here are 59 of them, can you tick them all off?

Free London Attractions

49. Covent Garden has street performers and interactive performances

50. Buckingham Palace can be viewed and the changing of the guards

51. The Angel Comedy Club has free gigs if you can get a babysitter!

52. Speakers corner in Hyde Park

53. St Paul’s Cathedral

54. Westminster Abbey

55. The Royal Courts of Justice

56. Big Ben/ Tower of London

Free Festivals in London

Check the individual dates but if your trip coincides, join in the free fun!

57. Notting Hill Carnival

58. Chinese New Year in China Town

59. London Pride

60. Totally Thames Festival

So that’s it! You could have a trip to London and not pay a penny for things to do. What’s your favourite? Have you ticked any off the list?


Disclosure: this is a collaborative post. All opinions are my own and this list is accurate at the time of publishing (October 2017).

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  • Reply Emma | TheMiniMesAndMe

    I didn’t realise there were that many free museums to visit, I’ve only been to two on the list so I must check them out in the near future. Haven’t been to London in years! x

    October 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm
  • Reply Rebecca

    Amazing list of things to do in London, I’ve always wanted to take the children to the Natural History Museum. Thanks for sharing

    October 5, 2017 at 8:40 pm
  • Reply Ann

    FYI last time I looked, St Paul’s Cathedral (brilliant though i is) was £18 per adult, didn’t look for kids or families as I was there with 2 other adults. I think you can have free return visits all year.

    Here’s something worth noting: you can download FREE themed walks around London from the Museum of London website. Also worth noting:
    – The Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie-Talkie is free, but you need to pre-book online and go through security
    – The Guildhall Art Gallery is free AND it has the Roman Amphitheatre in the basement that you can wander in – such as is exposed. It has free guided tours in the art gallery several times a week.
    – The Charterhouse is free in part, other parts accessed by guided tours

    January 31, 2019 at 12:22 am
    • Reply Midwife and Life

      Thank you, that’s worth noting. I think you can look inside the cathedral for free but you have to pay to go up in the whispering gallery.

      January 31, 2019 at 9:34 am

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