Top 4 Cheap & Free Days out in London
Getting towards the end of the month and wanting to plan something fun, but also looking after your pennies? Girl, I got you. Here are my top 4 cheap and free days out in the city that are guaranteed to give you all the fun while keeping your pounds safely in your pocket. So let’s get started:
God’s Own Junkyard: hot damn it would not be a free days out post without this cutie getting a top spot on the list. If you haven’t been, it is one to absolutely put on your own list. A complete neon paradise, God’s Own Junkyard is filled with neon-light art pieces to delight you. It’s an instagram paradise and definitely a chance to capture something grid worthy. But hey, life isn’t all about the socials, simply head down here to see beautiful and eccentric art pieces. Expect to see:
New & used neon fantasies, salvaged signs, reclaimed neon signs, old movie props and retro displays.Neon art made from found objects, retrieved and renewed waste and lights. Fairground & circus lighting, architectural sign salvage. Led & cold cathode luxury products.Designers & makers of all things with light.
Alright sounds good. So how do I get there: God’s Own Junkyard is based at Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ. Closest tube station is Walthamstow Central (Overground & Victoria lines) then a 15 minute walk. Check it on google maps here.
But how much?: Completely FREEEEEE to visit. An absolute paradise and must do in LDN!
Hyde Park: So on to number 2, I am hitting you with an oldie but goldie free day out. Enjoy walks through the park, heading down to the Serpentine, perhaps bring along a money-saving picnic and, if this weather is on your side, enjoy a paddle in the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain. Then, you can saunter down the Kensington Palace Gardens and head to their sunken garden which is a particular highlight.
But ‘what else can you do there?’ if you’ve got a few Great British pounds to spare I hear you say. If you’re looking for a ‘not so average’ day in the park, why not go for a swim in the Serpentine lido for a fiver? If getting in the water isn’t your jam, what about a pedalo or rowing boat ride for £10 for 30 minutes or £12 for an hour. Sound a little out of your price range? No worries, if you want to add a little something extra but keep it completely free, check out the Serpentine Gallery on your travels.
Alright sounds good. So how do I get there: Hyde Park is surrounded by tube stations so why not try: Lancaster Gate (Central Line), Marble Arch (Central Line), Hyde Park Corner (Piccadilly Line) or Knightsbridge (Piccadilly Line).
But how much?: Hyde Park is completely free to visit but check above for additional activity prices.
Visit ALL the museums: Forget about bar-hopping, grab your oyster and head down to South Kensington for some FREE museum hopping. No expensive drinks, entry fees or regretful hangovers! Hop around happily for free culture, knowledge and learning. Sounds good huh? Ready for my tips on the ultimate hop?
I’d personally start with the Natural History Museum and make sure to see the whale along with collections about the ocean, wildlife and dinosaurs.
Next stop has to be the science museum! Definitely recommend the ‘making the modern world’ exhibition – I absolutely love it in there! So much to see, do and interact with. A magical place!
But save the best till the last, The Victoria & Albert museum has my heart! Fashion, theatre, art – this place has it all and would be my third and favourite stop in the museum tour! You can also get a lovely cuppa and slice of cake in their cafe if you’ve got a few quid to splurge on a treat.
Alright sounds good. So how do I get there: Your best bet is to go to South Kensington underground station (Piccadilly and District lines) and then you’ll be a short walk from all of the museums.
But how much?: Museums are so super FREE so make the most of it because there’s not much in London that is!
Kyoto Garden (Holland Park): Lastly and probably a lesser known one so I saved it till the end, give the Kyoto Garden in Holland Park a visit. Created in 1992 to celebrate the Japan Festival in London, the project was a collaboration between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Kyoto Chamber of Commerce in Japan. A peaceful oasis, the absolute place to visit to relax, read, write and reflect. It is also full of peacocks strutting their stuff – up to you if you see that as a positive or negative!
Alright sounds good. So how do I get there: To get to the Kyoto Garden, head first to Holland Park which is a short walk from High Street Kensington underground station (Circle & District lines) and Notting Hill Gate (Central, Circle & District lines). Check it on google maps here.
But how much?: Maintain your inner peace knowing this trip is also totally free.
So there you have it, my top 4 free days out in London. I hope you enjoyed these hot picks, drop me an email or a comment if you use any tips and tricks! Don’t forget you can also reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions, collabs or guest post ideas!