London is one of the most vibrant cities in Europe. Unlimited number of museums, more than 100 theaters, the famous royal family, numerous vintage shops and of course Kate Moss. Even though London attracts more than 27 million tourists a year, many people from outside Europe still find it an extremely expensive destination to visit.
In order to make life easier for those of you who cannot afford to go to on a shopping spree or watch three theaters shows in a row, here are the top five free things to do in the city:
1. Speakers’ Corner
Cumberland Gate Park Lane, North East corner of Hyde Park, London W1K 7TY, United Kingdom - 07533 098 035. Open Sun 12pm-7:30pm
Not only this attraction is free of charge, it is also worth visiting regardless! Where else would you be able to listen to extremely passionate people talking about their beliefs, ideas, conspiracy theories, and rough opinions? On 1872, the parliaments have decided to allow public speaking in the north-eastern corner of London’s Hyde Park. People from all over the country gathered to raise their important issues—the main discussions were: politics, religion, the economic situation and more. Until this day, every Sunday you will be able to witness people standing on a small chair in Hyde Park and lecturing the crowd.
2. Primrose Hill
Primrose Hill, Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, NW3 3NA
This is the perfect spot to chill out, have a pleasant picnic, and watch the spectacular sunset. Located in the north side of Regent’s Park, the Primrose hill not only offers the most magnificent view of the city. The district surrounding it is full of cozy cafes, trendy restaurants, tiny pubs and shopping streets. Start your day with getting a tan in the sun and finish it with a glass of wine. There is a chance you will come across a celebrity such as Gwen Stefani, Jude Law and Ewan McGregor—all of them are extremely fond of this place.
3. National Theatre Square
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
The National Theatre Square offers three different vast auditoriums which more than twenty productions are being played there per year! Even though most of the shows do cost money to enter, you would be pleasantly surprise to discover how many free performances are offered monthly.
During the whole summer and until September 26, you will be able to enjoy for free the spectacular outdoor theatre: “Watch This Space Festival.” This wonderful event includes: extraordinary circus, brilliant dancers, acrobatic performances and many more.
4. Richmond Park
Holly Lodge TW10 5HS
Richmond Park is located in Richmond, West London. It is extremely hard to believe that such an astonishingly beautiful nature area is just twelve miles away from London! This breathtaking Royal Park is the biggest in London—it covers 2,500 acres of complete beautify and total freedom for the wild animals.
Walking there, witnessing the deer running free and listening to the sound of birds- will make you feel like you are not in the UK but in a far away country which words cannot describe how striking is it.
5. Sunday UpMarket and the Backyard Market
Ely’s Yard (entrances on Brick Lane & Hanbury Street), The Old Truman Brewery
Both of these markets are sort of hidden hotspots in the city. They are quite alternative and most of the people there are locals. The Backyard market (open Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) offers exceptional fashion from young, talented, and upcoming designers. Even though the stalls do not offer free treats, you will surly enjoy strolling around and be inspired by the fashion forward clothes, one of a kind jewellery and the distinctive arts and craft treasures. The Sunday UpMarket, which is located right next to the Backyard Market, is similar with its unique fashion items, funky vibe and colorfulness. The major point of distinction from its neighboring market is the famous food area: Tempting cupcakes, Turkish and Moroccan homemade delicious meals, Spanish Paellas, Sushi and many more! The best part is: free tasting is offered to everyone!