London, home to world class museums, beautiful parks and bustling markets- a city that never stops. Although there is a downside…
Why’s the place so fricken expensive? If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about London, luxury eating, swanky bars and classy shows come at a price. A price my northern soul can’t handle.
This time round, I decided to explore the free things London has to offer. I jumped at the sight of an £11 train ticket (in the Virgin Trains sale) and headed down to the capital for 48 hours.
Here’s what I got up to…
Tibetan Peace Garden
The Tibetan Peace Garden, a sight of calm and tranquillity, is completely free to enjoy. You can sit comfortably in the garden, especially when the weathers nice, and observe the beautiful plants and monuments in your surroundings. You’ll find the garden adjacent to the Imperial War Museum, sandwiched between Elephant & Castle and Lambeth.
The Tibetan Peace Garden opened in 1999 by the Dalai Lama, a donation to people of Britain by the Tibet Foundation. The garden was built to create an understanding between different cultures and establish peace and harmony.
Imperial War Museum
Whether you’re looking for a couple’s activity, or things to do with the kids, the Imperial War Museum is bursting with interactive exhibitions explaining the harrowing wars Britain partook in over the years.
Experience the trenches of WWI, the evolution of wartime aviation and the birth of British army tanks at the museum, another free activity in the heart of London.
Sight Seeing in Westminster
Westminster really feels like the heart of London for me. I love experiencing those sights you see in films and on TV.
Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, the Thames, the London Eye; see and experience all the icons of London, in close proximity.
After visiting the vibrant area of Camden, North West London, shortly after the fire (in July 2017), I was surprised and happy to see the area is its usual bustling self. Though many people are being deterred after news of the blaze, don’t avoid Camden. It’s business as usual and the area continues to thrive despite the incident.
If you’re not one for a bustling market, Camden offers plenty in the form of things to eat and drink. My day consisted of quirky bars, street food and watching barges drift through Regent Canal.
Overlooking the River Thames in South-East London, Greenwich Park is 183 acres of green space and sheer beauty. One thing I like about the park is its vastness which allows crowds to disperse making it one of the more relaxed things to do in London.
At Greenwich park, you’ll find the Royal Observatory, famous for its meteorite telescope and the prime meridian of the world. You’ll also find the Queens House, and of course the iconic, outstanding view of the London City scape.
Though London life is a high life, it can be an affordable trip when you take advantage of the free activities, the city has to offer.
So, there you have it. 48 hours, 5 free activities and 1 damn good trip.
Have you experienced any other free activities in London? I need to hear them. I love London and will certainly be heading back. So, if you have any suggestions on things to do, drop me a comment below or get in touch.