London Freebies for Frugal Visitors
If concerned about the possibility of a trip to London costing the proverbial arm and leg, feel free to congratulate yourself on being right on the money – the ‘Big Smoke’ often comes with a big bill attached. However, by knowing where to go and steering clear of the endlessly uninspiring tourist traps and those tempting 3 piece suit designers on Saville Row, there is every possibility of spending a good week or so in the capital and hardly spending a penny.Museums – London offers quite simply the best museums in the world with the very best collections and the best temporary exhibitions, the vast majority of which are free of charge all year round. From awe-inspiring wonders at the Natural History Museum to a haunting reminder at the Imperial War Museum and dozens of others besides, visitors could easily spend a week doing the rounds and still see only a tiny fraction of what’s on offer.
Galleries – Exactly the same as the above, some of the most important galleries in the world displaying masterpieces from every name in the book are on offer 100% free of charge all year round – galleries the likes of which would set visitors back a small fortune anywhere else. Trafalgar Square – Perhaps more of a sight to visit rather than while away a number of hours on, Trafalgar Square remains perhaps the most quintessentially iconic British square in the country. Generally speaking there is always something going on here, from seasonal markets to live performances to animated protests and countless others – on quiet days thought here is always the free National Gallery gracing its northern side.
Street Performances – There are a few known hotspots for street performers in London, with the two most prominent examples being the South Bank by the London Eye and Covent Garden. Most of the acts present today are nothing less than seasoned and dedicated professionals the likes of whom are quite spectacularly talented, asking nothing other than a small (and optional) donation after performances usually lasting 20 minutes or so. The variety is simply incredible. Parks – Last but not least, London’s parks are raved about the world over for very good reason and really come to life in the late spring and early summer. While Hyde Park offers an excellent base for a lazy day of strolling and perhaps a spin on the lake, Primrose Hill is every bit as good as Hollywood for spotting A-Listers walking their dogs and pretending to be as normal as the rest of us.
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