For those who feel London is an expensive destination there is a plethora of overwhelming surprises of free things to occupy yourself with. Here is a list of ten such do’s. Climbing up 334 steps of the Big Ben to hear the clock chime is an exciting thing to do. For guided tours you have to book in advance. The Alfie’s Antiques Market is a Marylebone market and is a gem. It is an indoor market that is must visit for antique lovers to see their vintage collection and 20th c design. It is open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. The Queen’s House at Greenwich, built by Inigo Jones in 1616 built in the Italian-Renaissance style and is a deviation from the Tudor style of architecture. It houses a collection of fine masterpieces of maritime paintings. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
Evensong at Westminster Abbey is a blissful entertainment for the devout who wish to hear the Abbey choir. It is performed on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday at 5 pm and on Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm. Changing of the Queen’s guardsmen at Buckingham Palace is a sure attraction for all tourists. It takes place daily at 11.30 am in July and specially on odd days at other times of the year. The British Museum is a magnificent piece of architecture and a fine collection of exuberant art and artifacts from all over the world like the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stones to name just a few. It is open daily from 10 am to 5 pm.
A visit at the Rich Mix, East London’s premier cultural hub will allow one to get a flavor of its rich repertoire of different kinds of world music and its rich exhibits of music to the accompaniment of free cake in its bar. The Natural History Museum is an interesting place for those interested to learn about natural history. It has collections like volcanoes, dinosaurs and a full skeleton of a blue whale to mention a few which are sure to enthrall visitors.
The Parliament Hill is a beautiful site and the view from here is sure to rejuvenate and refresh any tourist. There is a lido nearby for swimmers. One can take guided tours of Tate Modern. It is a spectacular site from the outside and the best view is offered from the Millennium Bridge. There are free guided tours of 45 minutes by in-house experts at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. No prior booking is required for a group of less than ten.