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[updated Aug/19]After a short tour of paid attractions in London, it’s time for the Itinerary of free attractions in London.Now yes!If London is cool, free even better!

There are some blogs that list 10, 50, 100 attractions in London for free.This free London attractions itinerary of mine is intended to be a list of things I enjoyed on my two trips around the city, to help you choose what seems most interesting to you.

Starting tips

The blog Viajar pela Europa has a very good 3-day itinerary in London, which brings together all the attractions we mentioned.It’s worth checking out.

Almost Locals has a selection of 6 free attractions in London that are really cool.

An itinerary with tips to do in London with children can be found on the blog Chicas Lokas

If you want to complement your trip and have time, it’s worth taking a day trip to some cities and attractions near London.

If you want a structured itinerary, created exclusively for you, or a as a private guide in London, I recommend Tina Well, from Londres Pra Você.Brazilian and super blogger who lives in London and who does this job with a lot of talent and sympathy.

Let’s go?

Itinerary of attractions in London for free

Parliament and Big Ben

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Parliament and Big Ben.

It’s impossible not to take a picture of these two postcards of the city.Oh!Big Ben is actually the name of the 13-ton bell and not the tower and clock itself, which from 2012 onwards were called the Elizabeth Tower (in honor of the Queen’s 60-year reign).However, no one cares about these details… Big Ben is everything, and that’s it!

  • how to get there: subway – Westminster station (Circle and Circule lines) .

Watching the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the best alternatives on a tour of London attractions for free

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The changing of the guard parade.

Check the Buckingham Palace website for the days on which the changing of the guard will take place (usually alternate days in low season and every day in high season) and see this parade full of pomp and circumstance.Take a path that passes through one of them and appreciate the calm they convey and their beauty.If it’s a beautiful day, enjoy a picnic.

I wrote a post just about London’s parks, but here’s a summary of the coolest ones:

  • Hyde Park: the most famous park in the city, with a beautiful lake and gardens.On Sundays, people give speeches on all kinds of topics at Speaker’s Corner.
  • Kensington Gardens: a continuation of Hyde Park, separated by the Serpentine Bridge.Where is the lovely Kensington Palace, home of Prince William, located.There is a pond with swans and ducks and a memorial to Princess Diana.
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Kensington Gardens.
  • Regent’s Park: here is the London Zoo and a beautiful lake with boats parading on Sundays.
  • Green Park: next to the Palace of Buckingham is pure green, with chairs to rent to soak up the sun and relax.
  • Queen Mary’s:England’s most beautiful rose garden.If you are in the city in June this is the perfect time to visit.
  • St Jame’s:is London’s oldest park, surrounded by Buckingham Palace, St Jame’s Palace and Parliament.Its most famous residents are pelicans, who are quite sociable with visitors.
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St Jame’s Park.

Visit museums during your London attractions itinerary for free

Museums are free and wonderful.Which museum to visit?There are 5 must-see London museums to include in your London attractions itinerary for free.

If you are visiting a paid museum, use our partnership with Get Your Guide to purchase your ticket

Discover the street markets

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Notting Hill Fair.

London has some super cool fairs, shopping and delicious food.The most famous is Notting Hill(Portobello Road).But there are others that are just as cool as: Brick Lane and Truman Markets, Columbia Road Flower Marketand Old Spitafields Market.

Go to Borough Market

Speaking of food… impossible to resist.Exclusively for food, the fair is a feast for the nose and the palate.There are even free samples!It is open from Thursday to Sunday.

Adelaide from the blog Turista Imperfeito has a post with all the details about Borough Market, London’s gourmet market.

  • how to get there: Underground – London Bridge station (Jubilee or Northern lines).
  • address: 8 Southwark Street – SE1 1TL , London.
  • website: boroughmarket.org.uk/

Walk along the banks of the River Thames to shine even more plus your free London attractions itinerary!

Leaving the Tate Modern take a walk past Shakespeare’s Globe and other attractions.Or by Southbank, the south bank where the London Eye is.The starting point doesn’t matter, just enjoy the walk and take lots of pictures.

Visit Greenwich

There, take a walk through Greenwich Park, by the marina and the National Maritime Museum.You have to pay to see the zero meridian mark.

Diego from the blog Uma Viagem Outros tells us about the trip to Greenwich.

  • getting there: Cutty Sark (DLR) or by boat on the River Thames.
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Piccadilly Circus

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The illuminated signs from Piccadilly Circus are a London icon.

Preferably at night, to take lots of pictures and selfieswith the advertising signs lit up in the background.You can’t miss London attractions for free.

how to get there:Underground – Piccadilly Circus station (Picadilly or Bakerloo lines).

If you need a hotel in London, use our partnership with Booking, at no extra cost.There are several options at good prices.

Pull around in Oxford Street and surroundings

We find the most famous stores in the world on Oxford Street, Bond Street, Regent Street and surroundings.There are also beautiful streets, with preserved architecture and typically English chic.Be sure to stop by Selfridges, a department store opened in 1909 that revolutionized the clothing trade and advertising.

Check out our tips on what to buy in London (even with the soaring pound value!).

Also see London’s new Hard Rock Hotel (the first on the chain in the UK), which features one of the franchise’s restaurants (of course!).

  • how to get there:subway – Oxford Circus station (Central, Victoria or Bakerloo lines).

Be a kid at Hamleys

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The store is amazing.

As you are strolling along Regent Street, enter Hamleys, the oldest toy store in the world.There are 7 floors of toys of all kinds.In the last one you come face to face with the queen.Okay, with Queen Elizabeth II Lego… But if we can’t find the real one… Who doesn’t have a dog hunts with a cat!

  • how to get there:Underground – Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly or Bakerloo lines) or Oxford Circus (Bakerloo, Central or Victoria lines) stations.
  • address: 188-196 Regent Street, London .
  • site: hamleys.com/

Abbey Road on a free London attractions itinerary

For Beatles fans, taking the classic photo across the street is a mastercard… priceless.

  • how to get there:subway – St John’s station Wood (Jubilee line).

Cross Tower Bridge

Whether or not you have taken the tour to see the interior of the bridge, crossing it is a must.Beautiful photos and free.

  • how to get there:subway – Tower Hill station (Circle or District lines).
  • address:Tower Bridge Rd, Southwark, London SE1 2UP, London.
  • website: towerbridge.org.uk/

Cross the Millennium Bridge

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Millenium Bridge.

Go from St Paul’s Cathedral to Tate Modern via London’s most modern bridge opened in 2000.Amy Winehouse used to live here.

  • How to get there:Underground – Camden Town Station (Northern Line).

Get to know the City

A little tour of the city’s financial heart and see its bold, modern architecture.

  • how to get there: subway – Bank station (Central line).

Visit Harrods

Lose yourself in the countless sections and wonderful products of Harrods.The food section is an attraction in itself.Okay, it won’t be free if you can’t resist the urge to have a little mouthful.The collection of teas on sale is huge, not least because Harrods started out as a tea shop!

I told you a little about the experience of visiting Harrods, which made consumers and foodies crazy.

  • how to get there:subway – Knightsbridge station (Piccadilly line).
  • address:87- 135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL, London.
  • site: harrods.com/

Covent Garden and its artists

Another tip from our list of free London attractions is to go to Covent Garden.In addition to being a very charming place with great shops and restaurants, Covent Garden always has street performers putting on sensational musical shows.

There are three markets that make up the heart of the commercial area around the central square:

  • Apple Market, North wing: handicrafts, jewelry, etc.
  • East Collonnade Market: bags, clothing, sweets and decor.
  • Jubilee Market, south wing: daily with different merchandise: monday antiques;tuesday through friday clothing and housewares;and on weekends arts and crafts.

The Lions of Trafalgar Square in a tour of London attractions for free

The crowd spread out across the square.

Trafalgar Square with its obelisk with the statue of Lord Nelson on top is huge, it has the sculptures of lions that everyone wants to take a picture with.

  • how to get there:Underground – Charing Cross station (Bakerloo or Northern lines).

King’s Cross and platform 9 3/4

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Has Hogwarts gone?

For Harry Potter fans to take a picture as if entering the platform.There’s also a store with everything you can imagine about the world of the little wizard.

Polliana from the blog Across the Universe made a post with all the tips for taking pictures on platform 9 and 3/4.

  • address:near platform 9 of King’s Cross station.And I’m not the first or the last person to fall in love with this city.I hope you enjoyed it and that you fall in love with it, as I did….

    I know I forgot or didn’t know many things.Leave your suggestions for free London attractions in the comments!

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