London can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a guide to some top London attractions located near the hotel that are absolutely free to visit.
The British Museum – located just ten minutes from the hotel on Great Russell Street, The British Museum remains one of London’s top tourist attractions. This extraordinary building houses one of the most extensive collections in the world, with over 8 million works on display.
While the V&A Museum, Science Museum and Natural History Museum offer vastly different, though equally worthwhile experiences, they are situated right beside each other so it makes sense to talk about them together.
Frequently listed as ‘must sees’ amongst London attractions, the contents of the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are self explanatory, while the V&A Museum is world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. They can all be found in South Kensington’s museum district, which can be reached from the hotel via the Piccadilly tube line.
Arts and Culture:
Somerset House is a major arts and cultural centre situated less that five minutes walk from the hotel. This popular London attraction undertakes many functions throughout the year, in the past serving as an ice-rink, outdoor cinema, art gallery and music venue. Tate Modern is located about twenty minutes from the hotel and offers visitors six floors of cutting edge international modern art. While one of London’s less obvious tourist attractions, it is a no less enjoyable way to spend an afternoon, especially when coupled with a walk down the lively Southbank with its street performers, book fairs and restaurants and cafes.
The Great Outdoors:
If you don’t fancy the idea of being cooped up inside all day, and the English weather is in a forgiving mood, then an afternoon in one of London’s many public parks could be just what you’re looking for.
St. James’s Park is the closest to the hotel just a 15-minutes away. Here you can take in a secluded walk by the lake and should you choose, make the acquaintance of the park’s resident pelicans who are fed daily between 2.30 and 3 pm.
Walking through the park will lead you past Buckingham Palace and once you’ve had your fill of excitement from this tourist attraction, you can continue through into Green Park where acres of lush green grass are just crying out to host a picnic. While a little bit further away, Hyde Park and Regent’s Park are also both easily reachable from the hotel and if you’re planning on making a day of it, they’re definitely worth the extra effort.
London being London, there are never any shortage of activity, and everyday there are literally hundreds of brilliant things to do for free in the city. Time Out’s website has a page dedicated specifically to free London attractions and events, so before you go anywhere, make sure you check it out to see what’s on. At the end of the day however, you won’t find a more breath-taking sight throughout the city than watching the magnificent sunset over the River Thames – the best things in life really are free.