Want to visit London but are put off by its pricey reputation? Here are 10 amazing things to try for free in the capital.
1. Greenwich Park
This Royal Park stands merely meters away from the palace of Placentia, where King Henry VIII was born! Filled with Chestnut trees and even Queen Elizabeth's oak which dates back to the 12th century, this park certainly has a royal feel to it. Within the park you can find a stunning rose garden, boating pond and deer enclosure. Make sure to take a walk uphill and find yourself in direct eye line of the city. Once at the top, try to pick out London's most notable buildings including the Shard, the Gherkin and St Paul's Cathedral. The park is open till 9.30, so enjoy the skyline with a bottle of wine at sunset if you wish.
2. The British Museum
Experience history and culture combined in England's largest museum. One visit simply isn't enough to see all it has to offer, so plan which exhibits you would like to see the most beforehand. Despite being called the British Museum, there are artefacts from every corner of the globe. With Egyptian, Japanese and Middle Eastern galleries inside, you are guaranteed to learn something new. Some unmissable artefacts to note are the Rosetta Stone, the Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon Marbles. With nearly 6 million people visiting every year, make sure you don't miss out.
3. The Tate Modern
As one of the best modern art museums in the world, the Tate Modern holds the works of many celebrated artists. From the eccentric works of Andy Warhol to the fine art of Pablo Picasso, the diversity of art is exceptional. Forget paying for the London Eye; you can enjoy a free 360-degree view of the city from the tenth floor of the building! If looking at paintings doesn't appeal, this museum also contains art in other mediums such as video, sculpture and even recordings.
4. Shoreditch and East London
Make sure to bring your camera with you when walking around Shoreditch in East London. In this area, street art fills most of the walls, catching the attention of both eyes and minds. Rivington Street is the place to head if you wish to see the works of Banksy, one of England's most famous street artists. Whilst in the area you can stop by Dennis Sever's house. This historical attraction is a free journey through time. Brick Lane is just round the corner, and not only can you find more unconventional artwork, but bars such as the Apples and Pears host free music nights for entertainment.
5. Westminster Abbey
Being the capital's oldest and most well-known religious building, Westminster Abbey usually has a pricey entry free. And this is no surprise given that this 11th century building has held some of London's most prestigious events, such as the 80th birthday of the Queen and the funeral of Princess Diana. However, the Abbey is free and open for all during worship which is on Sundays and during religious holidays such as Easter and Christmas. So be sure to go along and appreciate the Lady Chapel and King Edward's throne found inside.