The best things in life are free, the Beatles said, but we all know that is not always true. Especially when you set foot in an immensely expensive city like London and you see, oh my god, that you still have a tight budget.
Do not panic. It may all cost a kidney in London, but still there are possibilities to enjoy your cultural and leisure scene spending as little as possible. Or nothing at all. We give you some ideas for you to get it.
1.- Drink a pint in The Spaniards. The place where Charles Dickens set some scenes of The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, Bram Stoker some of Dracula and even the poet Keats dedicated his verses to a bird that lived in his garden. Pure history for the price of a pint.
2.- Go to The Scoop Theater in Southwark. A stone amphitheater that offers you an alternative and rich scene, especially during the summer months: movies, live music, events of all kinds, live sports viewing, etc.
3.- If you are a fan of science, visit the Science Museum or the Natural History Museum, both in South Kensington and with free admission.
4.- Immerse yourself in the Barbicam. One of the largest multi-cultural spaces in Europe and the place to enjoy daily free exhibitions, historical tours (free of charge) and all kinds of events that will cost nothing.
5.- Stroll through all these free art galleries: Guildhall Art Gallery, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Wallace Collection and South London Gallery.
6.- Photograph any of the 630 deer in Richmond Park or enjoy this incomparable natural environment for free.
7.- Learn a lot of interesting things in the lectures that are given daily at The British Academy.
8.- Visit the church of St. James in Piccadilly, which has recitals at lunchtime three days a week totally free.
9.- If you are a fan of fashion and decorative arts, don't miss the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington.
10.- Discover that the city itself is a museum and take a tour of all his street works. Here you will find all the information you need to not miss one.
11.- See London from above and feel as if you were the owner of a large skyscraper from the Sky Garden. Reservations can be made in the famous building at 20 Fenchurch Street.
12.- Stroll among the Borough Market stalls any Saturday and savor some of the delicacies sold there.
13.- Enjoy free live music at The Bedford. In Balham, the place where Ed Sheeran's career began.
14.- Buy books without paying in the BooksForFree store, in Stratford Center (you can take up to 12 at once).
15.-Immerse yourself in the dark and tremendously interesting past of the city at the Museum of London.
16.- Play Monopoly throughout the city. In this tour made especially by Google you can visit each and every one of the properties of Monopoly (UK version, of course) and play a virtual game of the most unprecedented.
17.- Tour the city by bicycle. Yes, London's means of transport are many and they take you everywhere, but from your bike everything seems different and in services like Santander Cycles you can enjoy up to 30 minutes free at the beginning.
18.- Observe the native fauna in Greenwich Peninsula Ecology Park.
19.- Roll through one of the most famous skate parks in the country, very close to South Bank and Queen Elizabeth Hall. Territory of graffiti artists too.
20.- Stroll through the Golders Green Crematorium and visit the tomb of Bram Stoker.
21.-More live music in one of the biggest venues in the world, the Gladstone Arms of Borough.Not everyone knows that it offers free concerts in one of the bars three nights a week.
22.- Have a classic and very English cup of tea at Twinnings Tea Shop And Museum in 216 of The Strand. One of the original tea houses that are still preserved in the city (and the first Twinings tea was commercialized in 1706). The back of the store is a museum where you can try different teas, usually for free.
23.- Free classical and choral music in the church of St Martin-in-the-Field (although donations are accepted).
24.- Explore the city to discover where the Nomadic Market sits every day. You can also check their website to find out their exact location at that time and prepare for an unusual dining experience.
25.- For opera fans: Enjoy free performances in the inner courtyard at Covent Garden that will make your hair look like scarp.
26.- Observe birds and other species in Camley Street Natural Park.
27.- Enjoy a free meditation and yoga class at The London Buddhist Center in Bethnal Green (donations accepted).
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