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Museums and art galleries across London are free to enjoy.

If you're planning a trip to the UK capital to find out what it has to offer, book a stay at some London accommodation soon.

You can also find out which attractions are free in London, of which there are plenty, so you can plan your days in the capital.

Now that we've told you about how to save money on London attractions through two for one offers and buying tickets online, we'll be detailing some of the free attractions in London in this feature.

We will also let you know about some of the free events coming up in London very soon!

So, if you're intending to enjoy a break at a London bed and breakfast, take note of the free attractions we mention here. They won't cost a penny to enter but if you like what you see, leave a donation to help the attraction remain open.

Alternative London The Big Draw Photomonth Space Station Sixty Five Part Two


Until December 22nd, you can discover the east London that you won't find in guidebooks courtesy of the free Alternative London. This is an award-winning tour that will take you into the heart of the East End, which is full of history and vibrant culture.

If you take part in one of the walking or bike tours, you'll be able to see London's incredible street art scene as the guides are locals and some are even street artists themselves. Come along for a unique experience of the city!

hose of you who manage to get to London before October 31st can walk around the city to find opportunities to draw and make your mark on the capital as part of The Big Draw.

This is a month-long festival designed to give people of all ages the chance to discover or return to the enjoyment of drawing. It takes place across several venues in the city.

Alternatively, you can enjoy the free Photomonth, which ends on November 30th. This annual east London festival takes place over two months situated in Shoreditch and Spitalfields.

It showcases the depth and diversity of contemporary photography and is well worth checking out if you're a fan of this medium.

Now, if you're a fan of the quirky, you need to visit the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre's at Space Station Sixty-Five: Part Two, which runs until January 6th 2013.

This free event sees the Cabaret Mechanical Theatre showcase examples of contemporary automata used in its production between 1985 and 2000. You also get the chance to press the buttons to bring the machines to life.

Maurizio Cattelan: Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudango Marilyn Monroe A British Love Affair Someday All The Adults Will Die Frank Bowling

Free art exhibitions

True culture vultures and those who just want to take in some art have plenty of free exhibitions to choose from in London.

One of these is Maurizio Cattelan: Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudango at the Whitechapel Gallery, which runs until December 2nd.

Cattelan is an Italian artist who likes to provoke a reaction having previously displayed dead horses, stuffed pigeons and a life-like effigy of a knee-high Hitler. Now you have the chance to see eight of the artist's works.

For a more refined affair, head to the National Portrait Gallery to take in the free Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair, which ends on March 24th 2013.

Here, you can see portraits of the glamorous Some Like It Hot actress by British photographers, such as Cecil Beaton and Antony Beauchamp. Film stills and rare magazine covers are also on display.

It's almost your last chance to catch Someday All The Adults Will Die! at the Hayward Gallery until November 4th.

You'll be able to see an overview of punk graphic design produced before, during and after the punk years by Jamie Reid and Linder Sterling, to name a couple.

Another free exhibition you may enjoy is Frank Bowling at Tate Britain until April 30th 2013. At this show, you can discover the artist's concerns with colour and materials.

You can see his poured works in which he tipped paint directly onto a canvas before tilting it to create patterns.

There are plenty of other free art exhibitions that you can enjoy in London, with the most popular listed Click here.

Natural History museum Science Museum British Museum Museum of London


While there are plenty of free events and exhibitions taking place in London all the time, there are also some permanent free attractions, namely museums.

These offer free entrance to all but if you enjoy your visit, it's good to leave a donation.

One of the most popular free museums is the Natural History museum in South Kensington where you can come face-to-face with a moving T-Rex, dinosaur skeletons and experience a natural disaster - an earthquake.

Plus on the last Friday of each month, you can enjoy the museum after dark.

Just over the road is the Science Museum where you can find out about what makes humans human, the race into space and the history of computers, to name just a few highlights.

Of course, these are just two of the free museums in London as the British Museum, Victoria and Albert and Imperial War Museum also offer free entrance as well as many others.

These are just some of our tips for must-sees when you're enjoying a trip in London.

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National Portrait Gallery Tate Modern South London Gallery Watching Art

Art galleries

You can also choose from a range of free art galleries in London, namely the National and National Portrait Galleries. The former is home to plenty of fine art while the latter showcases the very best in portraits.
At the National Portrait Gallery, you can see paintings and photographs of numerous famous faces such as Queen Elizabeth I and William Shakespeare, to name just a few.
If you prefer contemporary art, why not visit the TateModern? Home to works by Bridget Riley, David Hockey and Pablo Picasso, you can spend a whole day looking around the free gallery.
So now you know what to see and do in London without the need to spend money but how do you get to these places without spending a fortune?

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