We all dream of heading over to London for the weekend. Bright lights, busy streets, amazing shopping and an eclectic atmosphere…what’s not to love? The problem with going to London for the weekend is that while flights can be as cheap as 30 quid return, the price of everything when you get there is through the roof. So, being your friendly Holidayguru, I decided to comprise a list of free things to do in London. I can imagine, if you thought you could explore London for free, you’d jump on the first flight over. In this free guide to London I will tell you about free London tours, the free museums in London, free London attractions, free places to get your hair and make-up done in London and free parties and shows in London.
Free Tours in London
While it is free to walk around any city, a free walking tour of London is the best way to get acquainted with your surroundings. The only problem will be to choose one as there are so many on offer!
Free Tours by Foot offer a wide variety of tours where you can name the price. So if you decide the tour wasn’t worth anything, it can be free! It’s totally up to you! They offer professional tour guides for each of their tours and at a cost that will suit even the most modest budget. It’s amazing the amount of tours they do! They offer:
So there is something for everyone. You could literally do a few different tours during your stay and see the entirety of London for free!
Sandeman’s London Tour also have a wide range of tours for your leisurely excursions. Rain, hail or shine, their tours run as scheduled and with over 100 daily tours you are sure to find one that suits you. Some of their tours incur a charge but the Royal London Free Tour is, well, free!
The Alternative London Tour is a way to discover a side of London which is not advertised in any guide books. Discover the heart of London’s creativity with these tours which showcase the incredible street heart all across the city.
Free Museums in London
So you have experienced the best that London has to offer and your legs are probably aching from all the walking. Next up is to stroll at an easy pace through London’s free museums. Soak up some culture at some free museums in London and you will be surprised to know that the major ones have no charge:
Free Attractions in London
When you visit any city, of course you want to check out the most famous attractions. Most of the major attractions have charges into them. However, if you go to see some of the free attractions, it will leave you with extra cash to pay into the ones you really want to.
They say the best things in life are free and in this case it is true. A must see in London is the changing of the guard outside Buckingham Palace. It takes place daily and is completely free to watch.
There are a few parks you can visit for free, perfect for some down time and a picnic. There is Bushy Park, Greenwich Park, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Richmond Park. You can also hang out on Trafalgar Square, home to Nelson’s Column, iconic stone lions, the famous Fourth Plinth and lots of entertaining street acts.
Another cool thing to check out is Abbey Road, the famous zebra crossing that The Beatles walked across. It would make for the perfect picture opportunity, because you know, nobody has ever thought of that before!
Get Hair and Make-up done for Free in London
All this touring in London is tiresome and you’ll be in need of some pampering after a long day. There are places you can get your hair and make-up done for free in London. Hari’s Hairdresser on Kings Road offers free haircuts every Monday and Tuesday at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. Hari’s Hairdresser on Parsons Green offers the same time, but just on the Monday. If you just check around, there are a lot of hair salons looking for hair models and you will get a cut completely free and a colour at a fraction of the cost.
Bobbi Brown counters provide free make-up lessons. Choose a 15 minute smoky eye or eyebrow styling guide, to a 45 minute make-up facelift class or a 60 minute bridal beauty lesson. It will leave you confident in the knowledge that when you apply your make-up that night you will hit the town looking amazing. Most places that sell make-up will do your make-up for free if you’re spending a certain amount, so it’s worth enquiring the next time you’re shopping.
Free Parties and Shows in London
Now that you’re all glammed up, you cannot miss the opportunity for a night out. I mean, what else would you do with a new hair cut and make-up, sit at home? Not likely. So in keeping with the theme of this list, here are some ideas for free nights out in London.
There are many free “squat parties” scattered around the city but these are not publicised. You have to be within the gang of the party goers to get news of where it is, otherwise keep your eyes and ears peeled.
Nightclubs will always have a cover charge but if you join mailing lists and Facebook groups you can become aware of special offers and maybe even get on a guest list or two. Alternatively, a funky late bar could be a better option as there won’t be a cover charge. Be warned however, many places require booking a table in advance and have sky-high drink prices. There are loads of cool bars around the city that you can try out, you’re sure to find the perfect one.
If you fancy a laugh, try out one of the many free comedy clubs in London! Angel Comedy has something on seven nights a week, Weirdos Comedy has some free events and The Tickler Free Comedy Nights have free performances on Monday and Tuesday nights.
So that’s all folks, a complete guide for free things to do in London. I always have really good value deals to London just keep an eye on the blog to see when they pop up. Click the link below for my current deals to London.
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