Best free attractions, London

There is no denying that London is one of the most exciting, cosmopolitan cities in the world.  It is also one of the most expensive.  However, for those visiting the great capital of England, there is plenty to do whilst still avoiding an empty wallet.  Here are 5 of the best free attractions in town:

Natural History Museum

If the 1880 Gothic style building, in which the museum is housed, isn’t impressive enough, the full size skeleton of a T-Rex, 450,000 pickled specimens and hundreds of exhibits should keep any age group’s interest for hours.

The Tate Modern

This younger sister of the Tate Britain houses 60,000 permanent works by artists such as Warhol, Matisse and Pollock.  The gallery often holds special cutting-edge exhibitions – usually at extra cost – and weary travellers can always option some refreshment at the top floor café for incredible views across the city.

Regents Park

One of London’s largest open spaces, Regents Park is a perfect location for a sunny afternoon.  The park not only offers vast expanses of grassy fields but also hosts its famous rose garden, London Zoo, an open air theatre, playgrounds and sports areas as well as some impressive properties on its ring road.

Borough Market

Set just a few minutes’ walk from Tower Bridge tube station, Borough Market is a world-class culinary paradise.  Since its opening in the 13th Century, this bustling market has consistently offered some of the best open market food in London, from cheese and chocolate, to meats and exotic fruits.  The market is open Thursday to Sunday and is a perfect place to spend an afternoon.

Houses of Parliament

Included within this gothic inspired building that hugs the bank of the River Thames are the House of Commons, House of Lords, famous ‘Big Ben’ and the Palace of Westminster.

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