In need of a family fun trip that doesn’t break the bank? Well, we have something for you. The 10 best free days out in London! Budgeting can be difficult, especially when you’re trying to find exciting things to do with the kids. But we’re here to help!
From quirk neon paradises and quaint parks to intriguing museums and immersive spaces!
The Intellectual and Educational
From the Natural History Museum in South Kensington that homes hundreds of fascinating permanent collections of the world’s curiosities – like the giant blue whale! The Victoria & Albert Museum which is home to the world’s largest collection of decorative arts, or the Science Museum for you chance to experience a flight simulator, engage in water play or capture the minds of young scientists.
London is home to a vast amount of spectacular museums, you can definitely visit more than one in a day!
Here’s a list of museums that are our favourite:
- The British Museum
- Imperial War Museum
- Grant Museum of Zoology
- London Transport Museum
- The Design Museum
- Horniman Museum
If you want to find out about more museums for kids in London – head to our museum page!
The Creative and Artistic
Explore Tate Modern’s fantastic room full of infinite mirrors and dazzling lights. Head to Saatchi Gallery for family art workshops on Sundays and a chance to get messy! You’ll always find special events during school holidays that are super fun and informative! Or even dive straight into art history at the National Gallery where you can find collections from the biggest artists around like Vincent Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse.
Whether you’re looking for immersive art or a chance to sit down and let your mind wander into the painting before you. London has it all.
The Fun and Exciting
Did you know you can visit M&M World and the massive LEGO store for FREE too? From giant sculptures of LEGO and delicious M&M’s covering the entire walls. You can find collectable merch and some pretty cool and seasonal products here too.
It’s fun, free and easy to visit!
The Adorable & Animal Focused
Down at Vauxhall City Farm, you can venture around the farm for free and touch back down with your natural side. You can avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy city life, while still being in the city! Cuddle with cute bunny rabbits, meet Edward the pig and Stinker the skunk and even get stuck into the craft workshops!
There’s even Hackney City Farm where you can meet donkeys, piggies, goats, sheep and plenty of birds too! Your kids can even attend Mini Farmers Club to learn more about nature, and the animals on the farm and even enjoy arts and crafts.
The Escapism Into Nature
If you’re interested in a long walk that offers up tranquil surroundings, lush vegetation and amazing views then we suggest the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Walk! It’s 7 miles of beautiful surroundings and you can pass through 3 stunning palaces and 2 mansions! Like Buckingham Palace and Spencer House.
But of course, one of the best naturalistic places to visit is Crystal Palace Park! Why? Because it has GIANT DINOS hidden amongst the vegetation and an incredible maze to navigate through!
For a massive city full of skyscrapers, you can certainly find pockets of paradise amongst the buildings.
The Garden Wanderer
In Alexandra Park, you’ll find 196 acres to explore, from discovering over 690 different species of plants and flora to even insects. With blossoming trees and an abundance of wildlife, it’s a paradise worth exploring. Then Holland Park is a glorious garden with a little slice of Japan. As you wander through you’ll find Japanese-style stone lanterns placed in gentle cascading waterfalls. Not to mention the pretty koi carp swimming around! Richmond Park is also a pretty place to visit, especially where you can spot some free-roaming deer!
Oh, don’t forget about the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, there’s so much fun to be had there! From play equipment, family trails to embark on and of course the ArcelorMittal Orbit (although this costs to experience).
The Tasty and Refreshing
London also has an array of free food festivals over the course of the year. From vegan markets and free jerk feasts to street food!
If you do purchase some grub, tasty food won’t break the bank at the food markets. It’s also a great insight to learn about new food! And if you’re hungry and are looking for cheap and cheerful food, head to China Town for some delicious dumplings that won’t cost too much!
The London Explorer
From the towering London Eye and Walkie-Talkie to the magnificent Marble Arch and the bright and beautiful Covent Garden. You don’t have to pay to be a tourist on foot!
Walk along the famous bridges like Tower Bridge and London Bridge and even stop off at King’s Cross for your wizarding moment on Platform 9 3/4!
There’s so much to see in London, you can literally make a whole day of wandering around – you can get it all done! Don’t forget the Monopoly locations like Trafalgar Square, Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square! Then there’s the famous streets like Oxford Street, Regent Street and Abbey Road!
What’re you waiting for? Grab your comfy shoes and make your way.
The Quirky & Unique
It’s iconic, full of bright and beautiful neon lights and certainly eye-catching. You can feast your eyes on all things Instagrammable in this neon art heaven. With an outstanding collection of Chris Bracey’s life work, you’ll find something worthwhile with every corner you turn. Selfies anyone?
Are you a Wizard? Apparate to House of Minalima in Soho for a wizarding experience like no other. Enter a quaint gallery full of all your favourite tidbits and unique art from the most famous films around – by the graphic designers who created them!
It’s heaven for Potter fans, especially when you’ll discover a Maurader’s Map cladded floor and the book covers of the beloved books in the Harry Potter world.
The Scenic Tourist
Even walking along one of the city’s bridges will provide you with that all-important scenic view. Whether it’s Central London or Canary Wharf. You’ll find somewhere picture-perfect.
And a brilliant way to end your busy day here in the capital city.
Now you know all the 10 best free days out in London – your next trip to the big capital won’t break the bank! You’ll get to enjoy your day not stressing about how much it’ll cost. Your wallet will be happy, you’ll be happy and your kids…will be ecstatic with all the fun-free things they can do!
On the hunt for more free days out? Check out what free things to do with teenagers, free things to do in Manchester or our free things to do in Edinburgh! There is a wide range of activities in each of these blogs that won’t make the slightest dent in your bank account.