Fun in London

Free Fun Things in London

Book Cheap hotels in London

  • There are so many things to do in London and it might seem that all of it is expensive. But there are plenty of fun things that are either cheap or totally free!

  • To give you some inspiration try out some of our ideas, which cover every London neighbourhood and a variety of tastes.

  • Once you've picked out a few, you can then book a cheap hotel with TravelStay and come and visit!

Serpentine Boating Lake

  • Hire a pedalo or rowing boat for an hour on the Serpentine.

  • When: 10am-dusk

  • Where: Hyde Park; Hyde Park Corner, Bayswater

  • Address: The Boat House, Serpentine Road, Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH

  • Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate

Primrose Hill

  • Here you can also do a spot of celebrity-hunting over your picnic.

  • Where: Primrose Hill, Hampstead

  • Address: Primrose Hill Road, Primrose Hill, London NW3 3NA

  • Nearest tubes: Chalk Farm, Camden Town

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

  • Take a peek around the Stratford area now teaming with life after the 2012 London Olympics.

  • Where: Stratford

  • Address: Olympic Park, E20 2ST

  • Nearest tubes: Hackney Wick, Stratford

The Boat Race

  • See Oxford and Cambridge go to battle from the riverside over a pint.

  • Where: Putney Bridge to Chiswick Bridge, Fulham

  • Address: Putney Bridge, Putney, London SW6 3JD

  • Nearest tubes: Putney Bridge, Parsons Green

Somerset House

  • During the winter, you can find rinks across London, but the best and most scenic is Somerset House.

  • Where: Somerset House, Holborn

  • Address: The Strand, Holborn, London WC2R 1LA

  • Nearest tubes: Temple, Embankment


  • You don't have to buy anything, but it is still worth a visit to this posh department store. At night, it lights up like a Christmas tree too.

  • When: 10am-8pm

  • Where: Knightsbridge

  • Address: 109 - 125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 2XX

  • Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Sloane Square

Wimbledon Championships 2014

  • Be sure to grab a day ticket at Wimbledon by camping outside in the queue the night before!

  • Where: Southfields, Wimbledon

  • Address: Church Road, Wimbledon, London, SW19 5AE

  • Nearest tubes: Southfields, Wimbledon Park

Crystal Palace Park

  • A bizarre series of 19th century sculptures stand in the park, showing what people once thought the extinct mammals looked like.

  • Where: Crystal Palace Train Station

  • Address: Thicket Road, Crystal Palace, Penge, London SE20 8DT

  • Nearest tubes: Crystal Palace, Penge

Natural History Museum

  • This free museum has a large permanent dinosaur exhibit detailing what they really (probably) looked like, as well as other extinct species.

  • When: 10am-5.50pm

  • Where: South Kensington

  • Address: Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW7 5BD

  • Nearest tubes: South Kensington, Gloucester Road

Queen Marys Gardens

  • Depending on the weather, nothing beats spending a lazy afternoon in the park, and this one is particularly beautiful.

  • When: 5am-4.30-9.30pm

  • Where: Regent's Park, Marylebone

  • Address: Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4NR

  • Nearest tubes: Regent's Park, Great Portland Street

11. Pretend you're driving the DLR


  • The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) is unmanned, meaning the front seat is free! This feels a little bit like a cheap roller coaster as well.

  • Address: Castor Ln, London E14 0DS

Wembley Stadium and Tour

  • The iconic Wembley Stadium hosts anything from Take That gigs to American Football.

  • Where: Wembley Park, Wembley

  • Address: Empire Way, Wembley, London HA9 0WS

  • Nearest tubes: Wembley Park, Wembley Central

Angel Tube Station

  • Angel tube station holds the title (reputedly) of Europe's largest escalator. It is 60m long, with a vertical height of nearly 30m and is worth a climb!

  • Where: Angel, Islington

  • Address: Upper Street, Islington, London N1 9LQ

  • Nearest tubes: Angel, King's Cross

Notting Hill Arts Club

  • Every Saturday afternoon the venue hosts Rota, a showcase of upcoming bands, which is totally free.

  • When: From 4pm

  • Where: Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill

  • Address: 221 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London W11 3JQ

  • Nearest tubes: Notting Hill Gate, Queensway

Borough Market

  • See if you can fill up on free samples at London's most famous food market.

  • When: Thursday-Saturday; 8am-5pm

  • Where: London Bridge, Bankside

  • Address: 8 Southwark Street, Bankside, London SE1 1TL

  • Nearest tubes: London Bridge, Borough

London Open House Weekend at Bank of England Museum

  • Every September, Open House weekend invites people off the street to see inside expensive, eco, or historic homes, as well as buildings like the 'inside out' Lloyds headquarters.

  • Address: Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane, London EC2R 8AH

Buckingham Palace

  • Every couple of days you can see the Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace, the process of them exchanging duties with the old guard.

  • Where: Buckingham Palace, Belgravia

  • Address: Buckingham Palace Road, Belgravia, London SW1A 1AA

  • Nearest tubes: Victoria, St James's Park

London Marathon 2013

  • See over 36,000 professional athletes and fun runners tread London's streets for 26 miles.

  • Where: Greenwich Park to Buckingham Palace, Greenwich

  • Address: Marathon House, 115 Southwalk Street, London SE1 0JS

Clapham Junction Train Station

  • Clapham Junction is actually one of the busiest stations in Europe, with 180 trains an hour passing through at peak times.

  • Where: Clapham Junction Train Station, Battersea

  • Address: Battersea, London SW11 2QP

  • Nearest tubes: Clapham South, Clapham Common

Princess Diana Memorial Fountain

  • This cascading water fountain is at the Princess's old home in Kensington Gardens.

  • Where: High Street Kensington, Marble Arch

  • Address: Hyde Park, Marble Arch, London W8 4PX

  • Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate

Covent Garden

  • From jugglers to professional musicians, Covent Garden always has a number of acts to see and they are often very good.

  • Where: Covent Garden

  • Address: Covent Garden, Theatreland, London WC2E 8RF

  • Nearest tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Square

Hyde Park

  • Get in the spirit at Hyde Park when the traditional market opens from November.

  • Where: Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia

  • Address: Hyde Park, Belgravia, London W2 2UH

  • Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate

Science Museum

  • 'Lates' are held on the last Wednesday of each month and are exclusively for adults. Each one has special themed events.

  • When: 6.45-10pm

  • Where: South Kensington

  • Address: Exhibition Road, Kensington, London SW7 2DD

  • Nearest tubes: South Kensington, Gloucester Road

St Martin-in-the-Fields

  • St Martin in the Fields holds free recitals three times a week to show off emerging classical talent.

  • When: Mon, Tues and Fri from 1pm

  • Where: Charing Cross

  • Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 4JJ

  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross, Leicester Square

Kellys Restaurant, London

  • No visit to the East End is complete without it.

  • Where: G Kelly Pie and Mash, Bethnal Green

  • Address: 414 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 0DJ

Barclays Cycle Hire

  • Barclays Cycle Hire is a quick and easy way to view the city for as long as you like. The first half hour is free and up to an hour is just £1.

  • Address: Wapping High St, Greater London E1W 1


  • Walk the streets to find the one you like before tucking in until you're full.

  • Where: Piccadilly Circus, Fitzrovia

  • Address: Gerrard Street, Fitzrovia, London WC2H 7PR

  • Nearest tubes: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus

Leicester Square

  • Leicester Square hosts UK film premieres regularly. Getting in is pricey, standing in the rain is free.

  • When: various dates

  • Where: Theatreland

  • Address: Leicester Square, Theatreland, London WC2H 7NG

  • Nearest tubes: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus


  • Feel like a kid again at Christmas by battling with the crowds over seven floors of toys.

  • Where: Oxford Circus, Oxford Street

  • Address: 188-196 Regent Street, Oxford Street, London W1B 5BT

  • Nearest tubes: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus

  • Now an iconic site of London, one side of Piccadilly Circus is like a mini Times Square.

  • Where: Piccadilly Circus, Theatreland

  • Address: Piccadilly Circus, Theatreland, London W1J 9HP

  • Nearest tubes: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

Buckingham Palace

  • But they never will!

  • Where: Around the Mall, Charing Cross

  • Address: Buckingham Palace Road, Belgravia, London SW1A 1AA

  • Nearest tubes: Victoria, St James's Park

The British Library

  • From old maps to Beetles lyrics written on the back of a birthday card, this museum is a treasure.

  • Where: Kings Cross

  • Address: 96 Euston Road, Euston, London, NW1 2DB

  • Nearest tubes: King's Cross St. Pancras, Euston Square

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

  • Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland has an ice rink, funfair and food stalls.

  • When: From November

  • Where: Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia

  • Address: Hyde Park, Rangers Lodge, Hyde Park, London W2 2UH

  • Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate

Speakers Corner

  • Stand where Karl Marx and Frederick Engels once made their political declarations.

  • Where: Hyde Park Corner, Belgravia

  • Address: Hyde Park, Marble Arch, London W1K 1QB

  • Nearest tubes: Knightsbridge, Lancaster Gate

Brick Lane

  • Barter with the waiters outside calling you in to their establishment, which is half the fun.

  • Where: Aldgate East, Bethnal Green

  • Address: Brick Lane, Liverpool Street, London E1 6RF

  • Nearest tubes: Aldgate East

Westfield London

  • The Westfield shopping centre has so many shops, bars and restaurants that it will take two days to visit them all.

  • Where: Shepherds Bush, West Kensington

  • Address: Shepherds Bush Green, West Kensington, London W12 7GF

  • Nearest tubes: Wood Lane, Shepherd's Bush

The Blind Beggar

  • The Blind Beggar is famous for being the pub where Ronnie Kray murdered George Cornell. It also has a good-sized beer garden.

  • Where: Whitechapel Road, Bethnal Green

  • Address: 337 Whitechapel Road, Tower Hamlets, London E1 1BU

  • Nearest tubes: Whitechapel, Stepney Green

Crazy Bear

  • There are many to choose from, but first try the Crazy Bear, which provides a few too many mirrors.

  • Where: Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia

  • Address: 26-28 Whitfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2RG

  • Nearest tubes: Goodge Street, Tottenham Court Road

39. Walk the Thames Path

Walk the Thames Path

  • This walk can take as long as you like and has a number of key sights to see, such as the Tower and the London Eye. There are signs to guide you, but you can take along an A-Z to help.


  • London's most famous book shop. Here you can find anything from graphic novels to Winnie the Pooh in Latin.

  • When: 9.30am-9pm

  • Where: Tottenham Court Road, Charing Cross

  • Address: 113-119 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0EB

  • Nearest tubes: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

Sir John Soanes Museum

  • The antiquarian has two Hogarth series - A Rakes Progress and An Election.

  • When: 10am-5pm

  • Where: Lincolns Inn Fields, Holborn

  • Address: 13 Lincolns Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A 3BP

  • Nearest tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane

The Marquess of Anglesey

  • Avoid Starbucks and the others and try the Marquess of Anglesey pub, which is the site of the 18th century Will's Coffee House.

  • Where: Frith Street, Covent Garden

  • Address: 39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7AU

  • Nearest tubes: Covent Garden, Holborn


  • This restaurant has its own microbrewery, which you can see when you sit down for your meal. Try its speciality and seasonal beers for less than £3 a pint.

  • Where: Blackheath train station, Greenwich

  • Address: 29-31 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TJ

  • Nearest tubes: Blackheath, Kidbrooke

Regent Street Market

  • Get in the Christmas spirit with the switch on, including music performances, on Regent Street.

  • When: Early November

  • Where: Oxford Circus, Marylebone

  • Address: Regent Street, Soho, London W1B 5SJ

  • Nearest tubes: Oxford Circus, Piccadilly Circus

National Portrait Gallery

  • His portrait hangs at this legendary London gallery.

  • When: 10am-6pm

  • Where: Embankment, Charing Cross

  • Address: St Martins Place, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HE

  • Nearest tubes: Leicester Square, Charing Cross

Shakespeares Globe Theatre

  • Standing tickets to Shakespeare's plays are just £5 at this rebuilt 16th century London theatre.

  • Where: The Globe, Bankside

  • Address: 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, London SE1 9DT

  • Nearest tubes: Southwark, Borough

The Scoop

  • Check online for free films and shows at the open-air amphitheatre.

  • Where: London Bridge, Bankside

  • Address: The Queen's Walk, Bankside, London SE1 2AA

  • Nearest tubes: London Bridge, Borough

BBC Broadcasting House Tour

  • Take an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at this British institution.

  • Where: Broadcasting House, Fitzrovia

  • Address: BBC Broadcasting House, 2-22 Portland Place, Fitzrovia, London W1A 1AA

  • Nearest tubes: Oxford Circus, Great Portland Street

Bar Salsa

  • Try Bar Salsa, which offers free beginners lessons before the place fills up with dancing partners.

  • When: 5.30pm

  • Where: Tottenham Court Road, Covent Garden

  • Address: 96 Charing Cross Road, Covent Garden, London WC2H 0JG

  • Nearest tubes: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square

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visual artists

  • London's Graduate Art Fair provides a sneak peak at the stars of the future.

  • When: June-July

  • Where: Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane; Aldgate East, Bethnal Green

Saatchi Gallery

  • The Saatchi Gallery is now free, so check out the best contemporary art in the UK.

  • When: 10am-6pm

  • Where: Sloane Square, Chelsea

  • Address: Duke Of York's HQ, Chelsea, London, SW3 4RY

  • Nearest tubes: Sloane Square, South Kensington

Ceilidh Club

  • There are various events across London, but the Ceilidh Club holds events throughout the year and are always busy.

  • Where: Cecil Sharp House, Hampstead

  • Address: 2 Regents Park Road, Primrose Hill, London NW1 7AY

  • Nearest tubes: Camden Town, Chalk Farm

Westminster Abbey

  • Getting into the Abbey is pricey, but the museum is free and has a collection of royal effigies, allowing you to see what the Kings and Queens really looked like.

  • When: 10.30am-4pm

  • Where: Westminster

  • Address: Dean's Yard, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA

  • Nearest tubes: Westminster, St James's Park

Ironmonger Row Baths

  • Or use the steam room and pool at Ironmonger Row Baths.

  • Where: Old Street, Bethnal Green

  • Address: Ironmonger Row, Clerkenwell, Finsbury, London EC1V 3QF

  • Nearest tubes: Old Street, Barbican

Viva Verdi

  • Feel cultural as a soprano sings Verdi while you eat at restaurant Viva Verdi.

  • Where: Southwark, Bankside

  • Address: 6 Canvey Street, Bankside, London SE1 9AN

  • Nearest tubes: Southwark, Borough

The Royal Court Theatre

  • The Royal Court Theatre offers cheap tickets for various shows throughout the year.

  • Where: Sloane Square, Belgravia

  • Address: Sloane Square, Belgravia, London SW1W 8AS

  • Nearest tubes: Sloane Square, Victoria

57. Join the audience for a TV show

TV Show

  • Sign up to a mailing list to see anything from QI to Jeremy Kyle and TV comedy gigs for free.

Camden graffiti artist

  • The graffiti artist's work can be spotted around London. Try and find the maid sweeping Camden's streets or the double yellow lines on Pollard Street in Bethnal Green.

  • Address: Camden Street, London NW1 0HY

Hackney City Farm, London

  • Hackney City Farm isn't just for kids!

  • When: Tues-Sun

  • Where: Bethnal Green

  • Address: 1a Goldsmiths Row, Bethnal Green, London E2 8QA

  • Nearest tubes: Bethnal Green, Whitechapel

60. Learn cooking to Michelin standard

Learn cooking to Michelin standard

  • Cookery schools never were so posh.

  • Where: The Kitchen, Fulham

  • Address: The Kitchen Parsons Green 275 New Kings Road London, SW6 4RD

  • Nearest tubes: Parsons Green, Putney Bridge

61. Find poetry in Notting Hill

Find poetry in Notting Hill

  • The manhole covers here are engraved with poetry; see which ones you can spot.

  • Where: Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill

Columbia Road Flower Market

  • This flower market is even more enjoyable over coffee and a Danish.

  • Where: Columbia Road, Bethnal Green

  • Address: Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 7RG

  • Nearest tubes: Bethnal Green, Whitechapel

Bond Street

  • This rather strange bench monument is on Bond Street.

  • Where: Bond Street, Fitzrovia

  • Address: Bond Street, Fitzrovia, London W1S 1LD

  • Nearest tubes: Oxford Circus, Green Park

64. Take pole dancing lessons

Take pole dancing lessons

  • Get fit or just have fun. Classes are held throughout London. The Pole Dancing School has four London locations from £15 a time.

Kings Head Theatre Club

  • Big name comedians try out their new material downstairs at the Kings Head in North London, but there are a number of comedy clubs in all London neighbourhoods.

  • Where: Islington

  • Address: 115 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 1QN

  • Nearest tubes: Angel Tube, Highbury & Islington

Bar Polski

  • Bar Polksi has around 50 house vodkas and the bar staff are experts on advising you on what to try.

  • Where: Holborn

  • Address: 11 Little Turnstile, London WC1V 7DX

  • Nearest tubes: Holborn, Chancery Lane

Bethnal Green Working Mens Club

  • Bizarrely, Bethnal Green Working Men's Club has the best night in London, but you must go in fancy dress!

  • Where: Bethnal Green

  • Address: 42 Pollard Row, Greater London E2 6NB

  • Nearest tubes: Bethnal Green, Whitechapel

Renoir Cinema, London

  • The Renoir cinema shows true art-house fair, while the Prince Charles Cinema shows vintage, themed and sing-a-long films.

  • Where: The Brunswick; Russell Square, Kings Cross

  • Address: The Brunswick, Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AW

  • Nearest tubes: Russell Square, King's Cross

The Martial Arts Place

  • Beginners classes at the Martial Arts Place are just £10.

  • Where: Swiss Cottage, Hampstead

  • Address: 88 Avenue Road, Swiss Cottage, London NW3 3HA

  • Nearest tubes: South Hampstead

Royal Opera House

  • Try their 'Firsts' season every November to get tickets for around £5.

  • Where: Covent Garden

  • Address: Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9DD

  • Nearest tubes: Covent Garden, Leicester Square

Village Underground

  • Village Underground is a mix of office spaces and artists studios, converted from old tube carriages. It also holds exhibitions for the public.

  • Where: Holywell Lane, Bethnal Green

  • Address: 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ

  • Nearest tubes: Shoreditch High Street, Bethnal Green

St Pancras Station Bar

  • St Pancras station has Europe's longest champagne bar. A drink here provides a great view of 9 metre The Meeting Place bronze that dominates the terminal.

  • When: 10am-11pm

  • Where: St Pancras, Kings Cross

  • Address: Euston Road, Kings Cross, London N1C 4QL

  • Nearest tubes: St Pancras, Kings Cross

Ponds of the Heath

  • Hampstead Heath ponds are open all year round – but they're not heated!

  • When: from 7am

  • Where: Golders Green, Hampstead

  • Address: Burgh House, Hampstead Heath, Hampstead, London, NW3 1LT

  • Nearest tubes: Tufnell Park, Belsize Park

The George Inn

  • London's only surviving galleried coaching inn is like stepping back to the 17th century from the modern-day bustle of London Bridge.

  • Where: Borough High Street, Bankside

  • Address: 77 Borough High Street, Bankside, Southwark, London SE1 1NH

  • Nearest tubes: London Bridge, Borough

75. Find art shows in London with Artangel

Find art shows in London with Artangel

  • Check out online. This covers anything from music compositions to modern sculptures.

West End Live

  • Each summer this event shows the musical highlights from the West End, including new hits and long-time favourites.

  • When: June

  • Where: Leicester Square, Westminster

  • Address: Trafalgar Square, Central London, Westminster, London WC2N 5DS

  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross, Leicester Square

Bonfire Night Fireworks

  • From the Thames to London parks, events are hosted throughout London neighbourhoods to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night.

  • Where: Clapham

  • Address: Windmill Drive, Clapham Common, London, SW4 9DE

  • Nearest tubes: Clapham High Street, Wandsworth Road

Fortnum And Mason

  • Like being in a time warp, smell the coffee and taste the chocolate at this luxury department store.

  • When: 10am-8pm

  • Where: Green Park, Marylebone

  • Address: 181 Piccadilly, Marylebone, London W1J 9HS

  • Nearest tubes: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square

The Old Brewery

  • The microbrewery at the Old Royal Naval College brews beer that Henry VIII would have had. This is not promising that they'll taste nice!

  • When: 10am-5pm

  • Where: Cutty Sark, Greenwich

  • Address: The Pepys Building, The Old Naval College, Greenwich, London SE10 9LW

  • Nearest tubes: Cutty Sark, Greenwich

Courtauld Institute Gallery

  • This gallery is free on Mondays and holds a great collection, often hidden away from the tourist trail.

  • When: 10am-2pm

  • Where: Somerset House, Charing Cross

  • Address: Somerset House, Strand, Charing Cross, London WC2R 0RL

  • Nearest tubes: Temple Tube, Embankment

The Monument

  • It is worth the climb, but there are 311 steps!

  • When: 9am-5.30pm

  • Where: Monument, City of London

  • Address: Monument Street, City of London, London EC3R 8AH

  • Nearest tubes: Monument, Cannon Street

British Museum

  • The museum's most famous attraction is popular for a reason. The London museum also holds the famous Rosetta Stone and other unmissable artefacts.

  • Where: Russell Square, Bloomsbury

  • Address: Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG

  • Nearest tubes: Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square

Highgate Cemetery

  • George Eliot, Henry Moore and Karl Marx are all buried at the Victorian Highgate Cemetery, which is one of the UK's most picturesque mausoleums.

  • When: tours 11am-3pm on weekends

  • Where: Archway, Highgate

  • Address: Swains Lane, Highgate, London N6 6PJ

  • Nearest tubes: Archway, Highgate

The Big Chill Bar, London

  • Go to the Big Chill Bar and have a cuppa by the famous DJ while dancing at this relaxed London bar.

  • Where: Dray Walk, Bethnal Green

  • Address: 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, London E1 6QL

  • Nearest tubes: Aldgate East, Aldgate East

The London Film Festival

  • Tickets sell out fast, but there are hundreds of films to choose from during the October festival.

  • Where: South Bank

  • Address: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London SE1 8XT

  • Nearest tubes: Waterloo, Southwark

Parliament Hill, London

  • This is the highest point in London, offering brilliant views.

  • Where: Hampstead Heath, Hampstead

  • Address: Highgate Road, Hampstead, London NW5 1QR

  • Nearest tubes: Tufnell Park, Kentish Town

87. Grab a bargain Burberry

Grab a bargain Burberry

  • Find the fashion outlet store in East London for knock down prices.

  • Where: Chatham Place, Hackney; Hackney Central, Islington

Cafe 1001

  • A great place to meet new people and grab a late-night snack.

  • Where: Bethnal Green

  • Address: 91 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL

  • Nearest tubes: Aldgate East, Aldgate East

89. Take a cheap tour bus

Take a cheap tour bus

  • Many London bus routes take in the sights just like the tour buses. Try route 3, which runs between Crystal Palace and Oxford Circus.

90. Walk along the canal

Walk along the canal

  • Grab an A-Z or just follow your instincts. You can reach Limehouse from Camden along Regents Canal in a couple of hours.

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards Parade

  • Another big tourist hotspot, every June the Queen's Guards put on a show and you can join the crowds on the Mall.

  • Where: Buckingham Palace, Westminster

  • Address: Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, Westminster, London SW1A 2AX

  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross, Westminster

Alexandra Palace

  • Laze away the day on the boating lake and admire the imposing palace.

  • Where: Wood Green, Highgate

  • Address: Alexandra Palace Way, Highgate, London N22 7AY

  • Nearest tubes: Bounds Green, Wood Green

Paddington Train Station, London

  • Or go on the oldest line – the Metropolitan Line.

  • Where: Paddington

  • Address: Praed Street, Paddington, London W2 1RH

  • Nearest tubes: Paddington, Lancaster Gate

94. Do the Circle Line pub crawl

Circle Line pub crawl

  • Have a drink at the first pub at each of the 27 stops, or use a Monopoly board as an alternative pub crawl.

Leicester Square

  • Outside the cinemas in Leicester Square you can see hand imprints of Jude Law, Ian McKellen and Arnold Schwarzenegger among others.

  • Where: Leicester Square, Theatreland

  • Address: Leicester Square, Theatreland, London WC2H 7NG

  • Nearest tubes: Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus

The National Gallery

  • Van Gogh's masterpiece is a permanent hanging in the London gallery.

  • When: 10am-6pm

  • Where: Embankment, Charing Cross

  • Address: Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DS

  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross, Leicester Square

Chinese New Year 2014 in London

  • This is a huge festival in London every February, with parties going on from Trafalgar Square to Chinatown itself.

  • When: Early February

  • Where: Charing Cross for Trafalgar Square festival, Westminster

  • Address: Trafalgar Square, Central London, Westminster, London WC2N 5DS

  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross, Leicester Square

Golden Fish Bar

  • Any trip to London should involve at least one meal of fish and chips. The Golden Fish Bar has specials for around £5.

  • Where: Farringdon, Covent Garden

  • Address: 102-104 Farringdon Road, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 3EA

  • Nearest tubes: Farringdon, Chancery Lane

99. Recreate the Beatles on Abbey Road

Beatles on Abbey Road

  • Visit the iconic zebra crossing in the flesh and retrace the steps of the Fab Four.

St Patricks Day

  • There are plenty of Irish people in London to celebrate with and each year Trafalgar Square fills up for music and dancing, as well as local pubs getting in the spirit.

  • When: Sunday closest to March 17th

  • Where: Leicester Square, Charing Cross

  • Address: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS

  • Nearest tubes: Charing Cross

Royal Academy

  • This is at the Royal Academy. It doesn't work, but remains a piece of British history.

  • Where: Piccadilly, St James's

  • Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

  • Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus

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