Free London Attractions
There’s no need to spend a lot of money to fill your time in London. Many of the city’s best and biggest attractions are completely free to enter – take a look at our selection and click on the links to find out more.
The British Museum, WC1B 3DG This iconic building in Bloomsbury houses treasures including the Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies. Travel through time and around the world with the various collections, with a free paper guide on hand to make sure you don’t miss the highlights of this vast musuem.
National Portrait Gallery, WC2H 0HE Behind The National Gallery (also free entry) on Trafalgar Square, this gallery houses a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. The collection covers Great Britain’s king and queens, as well as modern-day celebrities.
Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX Opened in 1951, this arts centre hosts music, dance art and spoken-word events. There’s even a poetry library, a street food market at the back and great, elevated views of the River Thames.
Tate Modern, SE1 9TG If you love modern art, cross The Millennium Bridge to this former power station in Bankside. It has now opened its large extension called the Switch House, meaning this huge space is brimming with even more artworks than ever before.
The Design Museum, W8 6AG The museum offers an introduction to the history of contemporary design with free display Designer Maker User, and opportunities to explore the present and future of design through a programme of temporary exhibitions and pop-ups.
The Horniman Museum, SE23 3PQ This is the former home of Victorian Londoner Frederick John Horniman, who was a tea trader and philanthropist. Explore his huge collection of objects, specimens and artefacts from all over the world. There’s an aquarium, butterfly house and a music gallery, as well as a 16-acre garden to explore.
Hackney City Farm, E2 8QA More than 20 years old, the farm is great for children who want to get up close to a range of typically British farmyard animals including sheep, goats, geese and donkeys. Kids will love the pottery classes (approximately £5) and mosaic classes (approximately £8) and there is a busy programme of other activities to get involved with too.
South Kensington Museums During Queen Victoria’s reign, her husband Prince Albert built a collection of world-class museums right next to each other in South Kensington – they are all free to enter:
Explore the natural world, including prehistoric fossils, dinosaurs and taxidermy at the Natural History Museum, SW7 5BD or head to the Science Museum, SW7 2DD, for child-friendly interactive fun in a huge building filled with rockets, steam engines and everything in-between. The Victoria and Albert Museum, SW7 2RL (often simply called The V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art and design, offering exhibitions on architecture, furniture, fashion, photography, theatre and more.