London, the capital of England, is one of the most expensive cities all over the world. Many London attractions and city sightseeing tours are offered but usually you need to pay for all of them. Nevertheless, here are some good news: London also offers many places to visit, in fact, for free! The following five are definitely must-see London attractions that you should not miss. No matter if it is your first time in the city or you have already been there.
Tip 1: See Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
No visit is being complete without making it to the Buckingham Palace, the official home of Queen Elizabeth II. Changing of the Guard is a traditional ceremony, which you can watch for free. During the summer month, Changing of the Guard happens at 11am on a daily basis. This spectacular moment happens right in front of the Buckingham Palace. Please make sure to be there an hour early, in order to get a good space with a good view. If you are visiting London during the off-season, please make sure to check the schedule and get there at the right day!
If you would like to learn a little bit more about this whole ceremony, book a private walking tour including changing of the guard including authentic stories and interesting facts about London.
Tip 2: Stop by Westminster Abbey
Just a couple minutes away from Buckingham Palace you will find Westminster Abbey, one of the most beautiful buildings of London that is also related to the Royal Family. Prince William and Catherine Middleton choose this place to celebrate their wedding a little while ago, in 2011. Therefore, it is definitely a London sightseeing highlight and must-see attraction while being in town.
Inside this beautiful church one will find the Coronation Chair and the Poet's Corner. By now, Westminster Abbey expects people to pay an entrance fee but since it is a church, people who would like to visit this holy place will not have to pay any kind of fee. On a regular basis, there are public worships worth to attend. Please stop by and enjoy this holy and beautiful place.
Tip 3: Houses of Parliament
This sight is probably the first thing one associated with London: The Houses of Parliament and the Big Ben, which is also called the Elizabeth Tower. It also belongs to the Palace of Westminster. The House of Commons of the United Kingdom sit in there, which makes it one if the most politically important buildings.
The Gothic building is also an example for an architectural masterstroke and is considered a World Heritage Site. To visit the Houses of Parliament one usually needs to pay an entrance fee. Though, there is a possibility to get in for free. Apply to become part of a public debate and get the chance to participate as an observer. This way you get a really good insight of what is actually being discussed during these debates and also to the possibility to enjoy the beautiful inner area of the Palace of Westminster.
In case you would like to enjoy a private tour along the Houses of Parliament and other Royal Buildings, you could for example opt for a private guided London sightseeing tour along Westminster.
Tip 4: Have a look around Trafalgar Square
This Square is considered the center of London as it is a very central place right in the middle of the city. Ever since the Middle Ages, Trafalgar Square has been a favorite spot where people and pigeons like to meet.
Located right in the middle of the Square one can find the Nelson Column, which is a memorial to remember the British hero Lord Nelson. He was the one helping England to win over France during the Battle of Trafalgar. The monument of Mr. Nelson is about 180 feet high.
Another reason why this place is so famous is that all the well-known red double-decker bus tours stop right there and send people of to discover this amazing spot. In 2003, the Square was rebuilt and afterwards reopened. If you are interested in going out for dinner in Soho or Convent Garden, you should definitely take some time to enjoy the all illuminated and famous Trafalgar Square for free!
Tip 5: Enjoy free entrance to London's Museums
One of the really good aspects of London is that most of their museums do not charge an entrance fee. Even one of the most interesting museums is for free: The British Museum. If you get the chance you should definitely stop by, at least to get a good first impression of this amazing place. The Parthenon Sculptures and the Rosetta Stone are just two of the treasures the museum holds on to.
Next to the British Museum, the National Gallery, the Museum of London and the Tate Modern are really interesting places to stop by - definitely worth a visit and also for free. One can easily spend a whole day in one of these museum, especially when it is rainy outside.
In case you might be visiting with your children, here are some places that are fun for the whole family:
The National History Museum, the Science Museum London and the V&A Museum of Childhood are the places to be and visit.
Recommended Walking Tours in London
A fun way of London sightseeing is a Harry Potter Walking Tour especially for families travelling with kids or traveller that already been to London. See many of the film locations and join a walking tour and river adventure along Londons top attractions.
London all lit up in beautiful colours you explore during a sightseeing tour around London at night. See top sights like Picadilly Circus, Tower Bridge and Harrods in the sparkeling lights at night.
Sample some of the best beers of London on a London Pub Cral along West End. Combine some history of the scandalous West End and stories behind London's famous buildings with visting fine establishments and some of the beste pubs England's capital.