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7 Free Things To Do In London

First of all can we agree that January and February were bonus tracks and 2019 has officially started in March? But when you think of it Christmas and New Year’s Eve feels like yesterday. Am I right? Yes? No? Ok, maybe not for everyone. So how’s your year going so far? Are you crushing your goals? Taking a break/vacay? Getting married?! I’d love to know in the comments!

Speaking of New Year’s Eve, my husband and I were in London for holiday season and we had so much fun. Also because this was the first time we went to central London and stayed for a few days TOGETHER therefore this blog post is about my favourite place in the world… LONDON BABY!

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London is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and should be on everyone’s bucket list if it isn’t already. But it comes as no surprise that London is expensive. As a result, London is listed as world’s top financial hub, sorry Hong Kong!

We went to both indoor and outdoor places in London, some were costly, some were economical and some were… FREE! Free things in London? Can you believe that? We couldn’t either. So if you’re planning a trip to London or are already living there then pay attention to the next part ’cause we’ve got your $$$ covered.

1. Tate Modern

Nearest Tube Station: Blackfriars (Circle & District Line)

Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Timings: Sunday to Thursday 10.00-18.00, Friday to Saturday 10.00-22.00

If you’re a sucker for modern and contemporary art gallery/museum then Tate Modern is the place to be. It has beautiful collections from the end of 19th century to the present day hence making it one of the most visited attractions in London. Admission for general public and tourists is free for the main collection that has 8 themed areas however you might want to purchase tickets in advance for exhibitions (if your favourite artist is showcasing their latest collection).

2. Brick Lane/Shoreditch

Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate East (Hammersmith & City Line)

Address: Brick Lane, Shoreditch E1 6QL

Timings: Sunday 10.00-17.00

Sunday is the best day to visit Brick Lane if you like street food, hustle & bustle and bargain stalls but if you want that perfect ‘gram moment without anyone photo-bombing you then best you go on a weekday. Shoreditch is home to most famous graffiti and art work by Banksy. Similarly, there are plenty of ‘halal’ choices of street and restaurant food to eat at Brick Lane. While you’re there don’t forget to buy world’s famous Crosstown Doughnuts which is a must try before you die according to Buzzfeed.

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3. Old Spitafields Market

Nearest Tube Station: Liverpool Street (Central Line)

Address: 16 Horner Square, London E1 6EW

Timings: Monday to Friday 10.00-20.00, Saturday 10.00-18.00
Sunday 10.00-17.00

You probably would have guessed by now that we LOVE markets. From newly harvested veggies & flowers to fresh and tasty foods, we enjoy it all. Old Spitafields Market has a lot of variety to offer. Apart from a massive variation in eateries you can also find affordable silver jewellery, clothes, vintage crafts and much more. This market is a must-see specially when the entry is absolutely free!

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4. National History Museum

Nearest Tube Station: South Kensington (Piccadilly, Circle & District Line)

Address: Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW7 5BD

Timings: Everyday 10.00-17.50 (Last Entry 17.30)

If you’re not a fan of museums then we suggest you MUST go to National History Museum London (yes, not a typo), because you’d fall in love. From rich historical infrastructure to phenomenal exhibits, this museum is one of the most significant attractions in the world. The museum along with a library consists of four zones. Red (Earth, Human Evolution), Green (Birds, Minerals), Blue (Dinosaurs, the famous Blue Whale model) and Orange (Darwin Centre, Wildlife) zones. This is only a fraction of what is there to see. Psst, if you’re a Penny Dreadful fan then you’ll recognise a few spots in the museum. Who would let go of this experience knowing that it is free of charge? We didn’t!

5. Picnic Date At Primrose Hill

Nearest Tube Station: Chalk Farm (Northern Line)

Address: Primrose Hill Road, London, NW3

Timings: Everyday 7.00-Midnight

We’re bringing picnic back! YEAH. After that urban whirl in the city you might want to slow down a bit. Head out with your significant other, loved one, friends or family to Primrose Hill and enjoy the breathtaking city view. Entrance is absolutely at no cost. Soak in the sun if you’re lucky enough to have it shinning through the London skyline. Take in the serenity of lush greenery around you and pour yourself that cuppa tea. This was by far the most chill day we spent in London at Primrose Hill. Bonus tip: Don’t use your cellphones for the full experience of peace.

6. Camden Town

Nearest Tube Station: Camden Town (Northern Line)

Address: Camden Lock Pl, Camden Town, London NW1 8AF

Timings: Everyday 10.00-Late (Market 10.00-18.00)

As far as free things in London go, this is hands down our favourite place to visit. Camden Town has some of the world’s most authentic music clubs. You can find every genre, from Jazz to EDM Camden’s got it all and will truly give you the adrenaline rush you always wanted. Now all you need is good food to pair it with your night out. Camden Market is Kardashian Famous for food. Again you’d have a fair amount of ‘halal’ options. How cool is that?

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7. Sky Garden

Nearest Tube Station: Monument (Circle & District Line)

Address: 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF

Timings: Monday to Friday 10.00-18.00, Weekends 11.00-21.00 (Public Ticketed Hours)

Finally, in our efforts to find free places in London, we have Sky Garden which seems like one of the most underrated places in the world. It is one of the tallest buildings in the UK. Admission is free but there is a catch, you have to book your visit in advance on their official website – be warned bookings seem to disappear really quick!

Can’t book? No problem!

Sky Garden reserves free visitor walk-in spaces between 10.00-11.30 and 14.00-16.30, Monday-Friday (excluding weekends). Although, if you can’t make it to these times then don’t worry as the Sky Pod Bar welcomes walk-in guests every weekday between 7.00-10.00 and from 18.15 onward. On weekends Sky Pod Bar operates a walk-in policy between 8.00-11.00 and from 21.15 onward. However, we suggest you to book your place before hand to avoid any hindrance.

The dress code is smart/formal (although I managed to go there in my tracksuit LOL talk about being lucky). The terrace has a beautiful garden along with spectacular views of the city. The sight is stunning. In the day time you are allowed access to the balcony for even more astonishing views. If you’re in London then don’t miss out enjoying drinks at Sky Garden bar that’s 500 ft high up in the sky.

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So here it is, our compilation of 7 free things to do in London. We hope you love it as much as we did. Ladies can rock this Smokin’ Eye look in London (cause we want our makeup on fleek no matter what!). If you have been to some of these or more free places in London already then let us know in the comments and feel free to share pictures with us, we would like that.

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