5 Free things to do in London

For many people, especially students like myself, London can be quite expensive. When I visited train prices to travel there were expensive and accommodation prices were average. However food, museums and various attractions can be quite expensive. So the idea of this post is to set out some free places that you can visit in London.

1. Shoreditch – Brick Lane.

If you like street art Shoreditch, and particularly Brick Lane, is the place to visit. One of London’s vibrant student areas, Brick Lane has been the site of many of the city’s best known night clubs, notably 93 Feet East and The Vibe Bar, both built on the site of The Old Truman Brewery, once the industrial centre of the area. Brick Lane has a regular display of graffiti art, which features artists such as Banksy, and The lane has been used in music videos such as “All These Things That I’ve Done” by The Killers. The graffiti is awesome and was my favourite part of the London. I think Brick Lane perfectly it captures London’s multiculturalism. There are many food, clothes and book shops that line the streets and side streets. The nearest London Underground stations are Aldgate East and Liverpool Street and  nearest overground station is Shoreditch High Street.

 

2. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The sporting complex built for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic is located in Stratford. It contains the athletes’ Olympic Village and several of the sporting venues including the London Stadium and London Aquatics Centre, and the London Olympics Media Centre. The architecture there is amazing especially the ArcelorMittal Orbit, an observation tower and Britain’s largest piece of public art.  The London stadium is now used by West Ham United, for concerts and sports events, and tours are available on their website. The Olympic park can be accessed by the tube station Stratford which is on the Jubilee and Central tube line. The shopping centre is located next to the tube station too. It is nice to get out of the main city and walk round the park.

 

3. Hyde Park.

Hyde park is a massive urban park and is the largest of four Royal Parks that go from the entrance of Kensington Palace through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park, via Hyde Park Corner and Green Park past the main entrance to Buckingham Palace. Of course it is one of the most well known attractions in London, it is great to walk around and relax away from the hustle-and-bustle of the city. With various memorials and Kensington Palace to visit I spent a few hours there when I visited. There are major shops around Hyde Park such as Harrods and restaurants such as Hard Rock Cafe. Accessible through:

  • Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly line)
  • Knightsbridge (Piccadilly line)
  • Queensway (Central line)
  • Lancaster Gate (Central line)
  • Marble Arch (Central line)

 

4. Parliament and West minister.

The major landmarks of the city, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Westminster Palace are a must see! Although they can get pretty crowded they are great to see as major historic landmarks and because of there modern uses! Easily accessible by Westminster (Jubilee, Circle, District) tube station. The palace of Westminster and Westminster Abbey became an UNESCO World Heritage site  in 1987.

5. Tower Bridge and Tower of London.

These are two other landmarks which are accessible via tube (Tower Hill, district and Circle Lines) and are great to see, although to walk inside Tower of London costs a little bit of money. The bridge is 800 feet (240 metres) in length with two towers each 213 feet (65 metres) high. The Tower of London was founded towards the end of 1066 as part of the Norman Conquest of England. The White Tower, which gives the entire castle its name, was built by William the Conqueror in 1078 and was a resented symbol of oppression. It is a UNESCO world Heritage site too!

Hopefully you can see that London has lots of free things to do and I haven’t even listed them all! More examples could include Buckingham Palace and Tate Modern. If you like this post here is a link to my experience of London!

Thanks,

Jamie Arathoon

Twitter and Instagram: @JamieArathoon

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