Last Updated on January 17, 2021 by Nina Ahmedow
London is an expensive city, but there’s an important free thing to do in London.
In capitalism, everything is about money. So even basic things are expensive because somebody wants to make money off them (consider the tax on menstrual hygiene products). Travel is a luxury, but as we visit foreign countries, we also partake in activities the locals do. So when those things cost a lot of money they don’t only exclude foreign tourists but also the local population who may not be very affluent.
One thing that’s always really expensive while traveling is visiting museums.
But that’s the amazing thing about London. While this British city regularly makes the list of most expensive cities in the world to live in, it’s possible to save money here. Yes, London’s major landmarks often have steep entrance fees…
But the thing is that you can plan a trip entirely on free things to do in London. Unless you spend months in London you will probably not get to see everything anyway. So why not save some money by doing the best free thing in London? You’ll be able to spend this money on cool things like experiencing all the Harry Potter attractions in London or eating your way through the best vegan restaurants in the city.
So what’s the best free thing to do in London?
Visiting London’s Public Museums Is the Best Free Thing to Do in London
Yes, London’s public museums are free to visit! Isn’t that amazing? I remember how impressed I was when I visited London some years ago. And guess what? Because so many museums are free you see a lot of families there who might not be able to afford high entrance fees.
It’s usually the temporary exhibitions that you have to pay for but not the main exhibitions in London’s public museums. The following museums in London are free to visit: British Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Portrait Gallery, Wallace Collection. So if you combine visits to these museums with some walking around the city you can see a lot of London for free.
In my opinion, visiting public museums is the best free thing to do in London. In contrast, private museums can be quite expensive. So if you’re on a budget you know what to do on your trip to London. (If you want to spend even more money while traveling also check out my post on free things to do in Sweden!)
Have you been to any of London’s public museums?