London is one of the most popular tourist cities in the world, and sees an influx of tens of millions of visitors a year. It’s no wonder, then, that prices can rise so high for everyday goods. Indeed, most tourists staying at the Bayswater Inn London will have saved up a bit of cash for their visit, but there are still many attractions that you can enjoy without having to spend a penny!
This blog will explore some of the best free attractions in London. You may be staying at hotels near Oxford Street, but that needn’t mean you rinse out your bank account for your trip to London.
Tate Modern And Britain
Not only are the Tate Modern and Britain staples of the London art and tourist scene, but they are architectural marvels in and of themselves. The latter is a majestic, classical columned beauty dedicated to British artists, featuring art dating back to 1500. The former was built into the disused Bankside Power Station and has permanent exhibtions dedicated to contemporary modern art movements from the 20th and 21st centuries. Both are testaments to the cultural scope and jaw dropping architecture of London.
Bordering the famous Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is the official art collection of the British government, showcasing European Masters, Medieval and Renaissance era works. The adjoining National Portrait Gallery frames beautiful painted, sculpted and photo portraits of influential figures from the country’s history. The latter is arguably one of the best introductions to British culture, iconography and history available for free in the city.
Museum of London
This free museum in the Barbican area will quell the London historian in all tourists. The museum itself spans tens of thousands of years of history in the London area, charting its journey from prehistoric swamp to thriving city. From Roman artefacts to dioramas of the Great Fire of London, the Museum of London offers a lot of context to how the city became what it is today. Get there soon though, the museum will close for at least a year from the end of 2022 as it prepares for a move to a new site in Smithfields.
The Natural History, Victoria & Albert and Science Museums are all situated in South Kensington’s Kensington Row. Easy to reach from Hyde Park, these museums were built and grown from the large collections of artefacts collated by physician and traveller Sir Hans Sloane in the 17th century. The three museums are free to visit and might demand an entire day of your time each to complete fully.
London is home to 8 royal parks, and 5 of them are incredibly central. With plenty of things to do in Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and Regent’s Park, you’ll be faced with history and culture whatever the weather. For starters, the Kesington Gardens art gallery spaces known as the Seprentine Galleries are free to visit and showcase the work of some of the best contemporary artists in the world.