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What to do in London with the children for free!

April 20, 2019

Apart from having some of the best museums in the world, London also has some beautiful parks, street markets and tourist attractions that are bound to keep anyone busy. In fact, it’ll be hard to find any other city in the world that has so much to do- for free!

Keep reading to discover some of the best things to do in London with the children for free.

Top Free Things to Do in London with kids

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Visit the Natural History Museum

With a crazy huge collection of over 80 million items on display, the Natural History Museum in London is definitely worth checking out. The building has a nice gothic vibe to it, and if you go there between March and November, you can also stroll through the wildlife garden that they keep open for visitors.

Check out the Science Museum

The Science Museum in London is a great visit for all those who are vacationing with their children. When you get there, don’t miss out on your chance to view some of the weirdest and yet informative attractions including the seven toed cat, a space toilet, a pregnant man etc.

Stroll Through the Borough Market

Of course, no trip is complete without exploring the Borough Market – one of the best street markets in London. This one’s open from Monday through Saturday and has a ton for food lovers in particular to explore and enjoy. You’ll be able to sample cuisine from all around the world here- and even check out some gourmet food, chocolates, bakery items and a selection of meats.

Hang Out at the Trafalgar Square

Trafalgar Square is one of the top tourist attractions worth visiting in London. When you’re here, you can catch some interesting sights including the National Gallery, Nelson’s Column and so much more. Plus, in the vicinity, you can also gorge on some delicious food, watch popular shows and go shopping- it is a great way to spend an entire day.

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Take a Walk Along the Thames

We’ve saved the best one for the last- just taking a walk along the River Thames, especially the south bank, can be a unique and dazzling experience in itself. If you just walk the length from the Westminster Bridge to the Tower Bridge, you’ll be able to view the London Eye, the Borough Market, the Oxo Tower, Southwark Cathedral, Shakespeare’s Globe, the Royal Festival Hall and so much more.

Check Out the Street Art in East London

Some areas in East London, particularly Shoreditch, is another great choice if you’re planning to explore London on a budget. Here you’ll find impressive street art and graffiti worth capturing on your phone.

Walk Around Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the best free parks to stroll around in the city. Why- you may ask. Well, for starters, it is one of the largest parks in London and is home to two water bodies. When you’re here in the summer months, you can catch one of the concerts or outdoor film screenings hosted here, or go boating and picnicking on the Serpentine River.

Do you have any other free activities in London to share?

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  • Lewis | Lewisherelewisthere April 21, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    I’ve been to London and I found everything so expensive. This would have come in handy. Next time I visit I’ll be trying these out.

  • Suzy McCullough April 21, 2019 at 9:42 pm

    What great ideas. We are spending 6 days in London this October and I can’t wait. The Natural history museum and the Science museum are high up on the list but I will be sure to add some of these great ideas.

  • sheila sudlow April 22, 2019 at 1:15 am

    thanks for the london trips tips with 3 children in tow it can get so expensive

  • Kara April 22, 2019 at 7:43 am

    I would also recommend visiting Sky Garden – you do have to book in advance but it is free and offers great views over London from the top of the walkie talkie building

  • Kizzy April 22, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Can you believe my three have never been to London! Hopefully this Summer we’ll find the time to bring them down and explore.

  • David Taylor April 22, 2019 at 8:47 am

    A nice reminder that you don’t have to be out spending fortunes to be having a good time!

  • Zena's Suitcase April 22, 2019 at 10:05 pm

    I love that the London Museums are free to visit, and you’ve picked some great ones. we also love the British Museum and the V & A is worth a visit as well

  • fashionandstylepolice April 23, 2019 at 11:08 am

    We explored London over the holidays. Did lots of free sightseeing.

  • Lauretta at Home and Horizon April 24, 2019 at 9:18 am

    I think exploring Science Museums is a good idea. This will give the children more knowledge ad get their imagination working.

  • Kira April 24, 2019 at 11:56 am

    Alessia is science mad . She would love to visit the science museum 🙂

  • Liam Anguish April 24, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Some great ideas as it can be very expensive in London, top tips!

  • Nat May 25, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Great collection of ideas for budget travel in London! I need to take the kids to the natural history museum, it has been ages since we went. As for other suggestions, they are a little further out but I would also recommend Richmond park and Bushey park if weather is decent. Both free to enter and so beautiful! #totstravel

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