At first glance, London may seem like an expensive city to explore and spend time in, but it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. We say so because there is a variety of totally free and awesome things to do in London. Here’s a guide to help you explore some of these places on your London trip as you book a stay at the luxurious, centrally located Park Grand Hyde Park. This amenity-rich hotel is perfect for visitors travelling alone or with family and friends. The hotel’s facilities, hospitality and ideal location are definitely a great value for money.
Changing of the Guard Ceremony
When in London, don’t miss out on the opportunity to witness the Changing of the Guard ceremony, held at Buckingham Palace, only a few minutes from your accommodation near Hyde Park. It is a ceremonial procession that marks the handover of responsibility for guarding Buckingham Palace from the old to the new guard. Watch the guards in their uniforms playing traditional military music, a great way to experience the classic British tradition.
It's a well-known fact that the Barbican is one of London’s best cultural venues. But what most people don’t know is that the Barbican also holds a gorgeous conservatory which is a rather cool place to be and that too free of cost! The Barbican Conservatory, only moments away from your hotel in London near Hyde Park is nothing less than a tropical paradise and undoubtedly, one of the best green spaces to explore near Hyde Park. Featuring about 2000 rare plant species, this glass-built rainforest also has a free conservatory trail that is sure to turn into a memorable family adventure.
The best thing about London is that there are several free museums showcasing spectacular works of art that you can explore and discover the origin of British heritage. In fact, some of the biggest and best attractions in London are all museums. If you can’t take your pick, head to the British Museum without a second thought. From the Rosetta Stone to the Elgin Marbles, this treasure trove in London is sure to transport you to a different era. Explore the museum's vast collection of artefacts, from mummies to Chinese ceramics to medieval armour and head back home with a bag load of memories.
Natural History Museum
From the colossal dinosaurs in the Life galleries to the stunning minerals in the Earth galleries, there's so much to explore at this world-famous museum. With over 80 million specimens in its collection, the Natural History Museum is a treasure trove of knowledge about the natural world and a great family-friendly experience in London. But it's not just about the exhibits - the museum also offers a variety of free interactive experiences that you and the kids can enjoy for a wholesome day out.
Hyde Park is the largest of London's royal parks, covering an area of over 350 acres, offering tons of amazing things to indulge in for free. One of the park's most famous attractions is Speakers' Corner, where people have been gathering to speak their minds since the 19th century. Fuel up with some breakfast near Hyde Park and if you're looking for a lively debate or a chance to hear some interesting viewpoints, this is the place to go. If you're more interested in nature, you'll love the Serpentine Lake, which is home to a variety of waterfowl and is a popular spot for boating and fishing. You can also find the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain on the lake's shores. And if you're looking for something a little more adventurous, you can even try your hand at horse riding on Rotten Row, a famous horse-riding area.
Sky Garden certainly deserves a top spot on your things-to-do for free on the London bucket list. It is a beautiful three-story indoor garden located at the top of the Walkie-Talkie building, offering the most stunning views of the city. To avoid crowds, book your tickets in advance online. You can also choose a specific time slot, so you'll know exactly when to arrive. When you get there, breeze up in the lift and walk around the garden in peace and quiet. Enjoy the scenic views and take some great photos.