London is a busy city with an endless supply of things to see and do. However, more often than not these things aren’t cheap to do. If you like fancy meals, the theatre and trendy bars then London will be a magical place for you, but most people don’t want to or aren’t able to do this every night. Luckily London also has many things to do which aren’t going to cost the Earth.
The museums in London are not only some of the best in the world, they are also completely free! If you have children with you, many of them are designed with them in mind, with plenty of fun and exciting things to see and do.
The Natural History Museum is an unforgettable experience for many reasons, not least for the full size roaring T-Rex that resides there.
Next door you’ll find the Science Museum, just as fascinating and with the added bonus that there are hundreds of buttons to press.
Other fantastic, and free, family museums to try include the British Museum, which houses many Egyptian treasures including the Rosetta Stone; the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and the V&A Museum of Childhood, home to thousands of historic toys.
One thing that will strike you on your visit to London is just how green it is. There are parks everywhere and often you can wander from one into the next without even realising it, from St James’ Park into Green Park and then on into Hyde Park for example.
In Kensington Gardens you’ll find the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Playground, which is open to all those who have children with them. The giant wooden ship in the middle is the highlight here.
If you’re feeling a bit adventurous you could travel to the wilds of South London and visit Crystal Palace Park. This park contains a notorious display of life size dinosaurs, notorious because they were built based flawed skeleton designs. Most of them don’t resemble the dinosaurs they are meant to depict in any way!
London boasts plenty of wildlife and your visits to the parks will attest to this. Waterfowl and other birds as well as pesky grey squirrels that will steal the food out of your hands. Aside from this however, there are other places to see animals that are completely free.
The largest urban farm in London, the Mudchute Farm, is free to enter and contains farm animals and the opportunity to ride horses. Similarly the Vauxhall City Farm has the normal farm fare plus some cute alpacas to pet, all of which is completely free.
Don’t forget, there are also plenty of ways to see and photograph London’s in famous landmarks without having to pay. A little tip – The best view of Tower Bridge is from London Bridge!