The pleasure of visiting London`s most famous tourist attraction can cost you a small fortune. But luckily, it doesn’t have to be that way. We have prepared a list of completely free things to do and places to visit that include world-class museums, galleries, cinemas, churches and many more… Take a look at the ultimate London City Guide.
Royal Festival Hall
Built in 1951 the Royal Festival Hall is still on the top of London`s cultural scene. What you need to find is the stage on the ground floor, where you can stumble upon a free concert, art exhibition or workshop. Many people don`t know that if you take the singing glass elevator to the fifth floor, you`ll find a secret balcony that has a jaw-dropping views of the Thames 😉
Location: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1,020-7960 4200.
The Mediatheque at the British Film Institute
The South Bank complex has much to offer but it`s best kept secret is the Mediatheque. The wide-screen computer booths offer unlimited and free access to vast archives of documentaries, TV shows and films that include tons of interesting materials about London.
Location: Belvedere Road, London, 020 7928 3535, SE1. Open Tue-Fri 12 noon-8pm, Sat-Sun 12.30pm-8pm.
The Wallace Collection at Hertford House
The Wallace Collection is a genuine treat, away from the noisy crowds on Oxford Street. The house is a true art treasure filled with fine paintings that include pieces from Rembrandt, Titian and Van Dyck , elegantly furnished rooms and a proper exhibition of weapons and armor. Another great centerpiece treasure is the Laughing Cavalier by Frans Hals.
Location: Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1, 020-7563 9500. Open Mon-Sun 10am-5pm.
The courtyard itself with its dancing fountains is more than worthy of a visit, but what you need to see and experience is the view from the balcony on the river Thames and the gallery in the basement. If you are lucky you can catch a performance or an art installation in the house`s catacombs.
Location: The Strand, WC2, 020-7845 4600. Open Mon-Sun 10am-6pm