For those looking to make the most out of their visit to London but who are on a budget, this list of free and discounted attractions is for you. Often overlooked by tourists in favor of popular sites like Buckingham Palace or the Tower of London, these lesser-known sights are excellent ways to experience London life up close.
Natural History Museum: Free On Wednesday Evenings, And Free To Under 18s
The Natural History Museum in London is a free museum, open to all from 5 pm-8:45 pm on Wednesdays. Free entry is also available to under 18-year-olds (with proof of age) and full-time students. On Wednesday evenings, the museum hosts a late opening. These events are accessible to all, including those under 18s.
Tate Modern is an art gallery museum housed in a historic brick Victorian building in London’s Southwark district. It’s housed in the same building as an original 1727 printing press used by Isaac Newton and other scientists as the foundation for the cornerstone of the Royal Observatory. Check out their free event series, which showcases guest curators and artists. Free admission is always available to the public. Birdwatching can be a great way to get a bird’s-eye view of the city, as well as a great clothing and birdbath gift idea. Check out our list of the best free birding places to visit in London. All free museums are open from the first Wednesday in June to the last Saturday in September.
Free Walking Tours, Magic Shows
Free walking tours, magic shows, and film and literary events are running throughout the city on the last Saturday of each month. If you can’t make it out for one of these programs, the Met Office has online weather forecasting that you can use to plan your perfect walk or a magic show. The British Library has a wide variety of low-cost, old-school public programs to suit every taste. Find out more about local programs, tour guides, and events. Over nine million items in the British Library’s collections are available for online visiting, with free access to over 30 million items.
Guided Walks Through London
Guided walks through London are free every morning at 10 am, accompanied by nods from relevant local businesses. Access is limited to walkers with mobility issues, and if you’re not up for the discomfort, you can do these walks via video call. After a day of wandering the galleries and museums, you can find a diverse array of food and drink stands and drinking holes in London. Looking for a place to take your wanderlust for a spin? You can use these hidden gems as a base for exploring elsewhere in the city.
Visit Rokko In Soho For A Retro-Cool Retro-Japanese Bar Vibe
The Funk and Soul Club in Shoreditch is an institution that focuses on big names in hip hop and R&B. Great music and an outdoor patio offer an evening out. Unsurprisingly, many of the bars on this list are located in and around the older parts of central London. These places offer something different from the usual dives and billiard saloons that are more common. You might not find many tourists in these areas, but that’s by design — these areas were designed for locals.
No-frills supermarkets offer a cheap, local alternative to fancy gourmet supermarkets. Want more? Look no further than Lidl, which has all of its central British and European supermarket locations within 10 minutes of the tube.