What can you do for free in London? Well, it may seem an expensive place to spend time but the capital is bursting with free activities for the whole family to enjoy. You could fill a book with free things to do in London and luckily someone has.
Emmy Watts (aka London mum blogger Bablands) has written an easily totable guide to many magnificent and some quite surprising free activities to try in London.
We’ve received a review copy from the London based publisher Hoxton Mini Press and there are a few places featured that we’ve yet to visit and some we never realised were free!
Below is a taster of the places featured in Free London that we thought families would enjoy. There are many more in the book, available to buy in stores on 16 March 2023 or pre-order online now by clicking HERE.
Guildhall Art Gallery
A gorgeous underrated art gallery with a wicked cool basement feature – the illuminated remains of London’s only Roman amphitheatre. On the second Saturday of every month, they run free themed family events.
A true urban oasis! The Conservatory houses around 1,500 species of plants and trees, some of which are rare and endangered in their native habitat. Pre book tickets for a free explore of this lush city centre spot, open on selected days every week from 12pm.
Mudchute Park & Farm
Come soak up the countryside in, um, east London. No really, Mudchute has 32 acres and over 100 animals for people of all ages to enjoy. Admission if free but donations are vital to keep the farm operating and ensure it stays free for everyone to visit. Keep an eye on their events page for upcoming family activities.
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The Line art trail
Public art trails are brilliant as they can be enjoyed by all ages in different ways and they take you around an area you might not regularly canvas. The Line is a free public art project in East London that connects Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2, following the waterways and the line of the Greenwich Meridian.
Fuller descriptions of all of these places and many more can be found in Free London. We love that the book is small enough to carry around (even with lots of kid stuff) and has fold out maps helping you easily find each of the locations.
We were sent a review copy of this book.
Images provided by Hoxton Mini Press.