Free events in London

Here’s a big list of things to do for free in London. Don’t forget all the free museums and art galleries, and there are a couple of daily parades worth seeing as well. London also has some nice parks and gardens to walk around in. We’ve put together the Top 10 things to do for free to help you decide

Free events in May

Here are some interesting free events during May that won’t cost you a penny

Craig recommends… Changing the Guard is the must-see parade, but I think Ceremony of the Keys is better. The Sky Garden, Evensong at Westminster Abbey and PMQ’s are good as well

Tate Modern
free

Magic Realism - Art In Weimar Germany

30 Jul 2018 to Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years between World Wars I and II
Museum of London Docklands
free

Slavery Culture & Collecting

15 Sep 2018 to This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britains oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Bank of England Museum
free

Feliks Topolski - Drawing Debden

1 Oct 2018 to The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works
Royal Courts of Justice
free

Watch a case at the Royal Courts of Justice

Why not try something a bit different -- how about going to the Royal Courts of Justice and watching a real-life court case?
Old Bailey
free

Watch a real-life court case at the Old Bailey

Watch the long arm of the law in action at the Old Bailey where members of the public can sit in the gallery and watch a case
Somerset House
free

Somerset House Historical Highlights

This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
Tower of London
free

Ceremony of the Keys – Tower of London

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has been taking place every night for 700 years
Covent Garden
free

Street performers at Covent Garden

Enjoy some free street entertainment at Covent Garden - everything from buskers and acrobats to clowns and opera singers
Changing The Guard At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards

Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to Buckingham Palace but its less crowded and takes place every day
Dismounting Ceremony At Horse Guards at Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Sky Garden
free

Tropical garden at the top of the Sky Garden

The Sky Garden is a huge Kew Gardens-like glasshouse in the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Scorchie)
Somerset House
free

Old Palace Tour at Somerset House

The Old Palace Tour will introduce you to three Stuart queens who had an association with the old buildings at Somerset House
Guildhall
free

Common Council meeting with the Lord Mayor

18 Oct 2018 to Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Tower of London
free

Sunday service at the Tower of London

You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
Speakers Corner Hyde Park at Speakers’ Corner
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

Visit Speakers Corner on a Sunday lunchtime and hear orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace

Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Crossbones Graveyard
free

Monthly vigil at Crossbones Graveyard

On the 23rd of every month people gather at Crossbones Graveyard to pay their respects to societys outcasts
Spitalfields City Farm
free

Volunteer to help out at Spitalfields City Farm

Spitalfields City Farm is a nice place to take your kids but did you know that you can volunteer to help out on the farm?
National Army Museum
free

Call in the Cavalry - National Army Museum

25 Oct 2018 to An exhibition about the British Hussars exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars
British Museum
free

Reimagining Captain Cook

29 Nov 2018 to The British Museum will be marking the anniversary of Cooks Pacific voyage by looking at it from the Islanders perspective
Houses Of Commons Public Gallery at Houses of Parliament
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

Visit Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Prime Ministers Questions Houses Of Parliament at Houses of Parliament
free

Attend PMQs (Prime Ministers Questions)

You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

7 Feb to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
British Museum
free

Rembrandt - Thinking On Paper

7 Feb to An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Masters death
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Sunday organ recitals at St Pauls Cathedral

Listen to one of the countrys finest organists play on the Grand Organ at St Pauls every Sunday
National Portrait Gallery
free

Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery

Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery amongst some of the gallerys great works of art
British Library
free

The New Londoners - British Library

22 Mar to An exhibition of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins who has captured families living in their London homes
British Library
free

Imaginary Cities - British Library

5 Apr to A small exhibition that uses digital technology to transform the librarys collection of historic maps to create fictional cityscapes
National Gallery
free

Sean Scully - Sea Star

13 Apr to Sean Scullys new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turners atmospheric painting The Evening Star
Changing The Guard Buckingham Palace at Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

1 May to Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see sights in London for every tourists itinerary
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

3 May to St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Bank of England Museum
free

Sir John Soane - Building the Bank of England

13 May to See some of Sir John Soanes designs and learn how the architect was inspired by the ancient world
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
free

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

16 May 2019 to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Museum of London Docklands
free

Londons Secret Rivers

24 May to This exhibition explores the history of Londons Secret Rivers through archaeological artefacts artworks photography and film
Horse Guards
free

Major Generals Review at Horse Guards

25 May 2019 Two weeks before they celebrate the Queens birthday at Trooping the Colour they hold the Major Generals Review

Free events in June

There are plenty more free events in London during the month of June

Horse Guards
free

The Colonels Review at Horse Guards

1 Jun 2019 One week before the actual Trooping the Colour parade they hold a second rehearsal called The Colonels Review
National Army Museum
free

70 years of the WRAC - Rise of the Lionesses

28 Jun to An exhibition exploring the role of women serving in the military since the WRACs formation 70 years ago
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute to mark the Queens Coronation

3 Jun 2019 The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute by the Tower of London to mark the anniversary of the Queens Coronation in 1953
Green Park
free

41-gun salute to mark the Queens Coronation

3 Jun 2019 The Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery will be firing a 41-gun salute to mark the 66th anniversary of the Queens Coronation
Serpentine Gallery
free

Faith Ringgold exhibition

6 Jun to The Serpentine Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of artworks by the American artist and political activist Faith Ringgold
Trooping The Colour at Horse Guards
free

Trooping the Colour at Horse Guards

8 Jun 2019 Watch a parade of soldiers and bands marching down The Mall in Trooping the Colour to celebrate the Queens birthday
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute to mark Prince Philips birthday

10 Jun 2019 The HAC will be firing off a 62-gun salute by Gun Wharf at the Tower of London to honour Prince Philips 98th birthday
Hyde Park
free

41-gun salute to mark Prince Philips birthday

10 Jun 2019 The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute for Prince Philip in Hyde Park to mark the Duke of Edinburghs 98th birthday
National Gallery
free

Bermejo - Master of the Spanish Renaissance

12 Jun to The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
National Army Museum
free

The Band of the Royal Yeomanry

29 Jun 2019 Come and watch a free performance by the Band of the Royal Yeomanry when they play at the National Army Museum

Free events in July

There are lots more things to do for free if you’re visiting London in July

Little Shop Of Horrors at Royal Festival Hall
free

Outdoor film: Little Shop of Horrors

24 Jul 2019 Watch an outdoor screening of the Rick Moranis comedy horror movie Little Shop of Horrors at the Royal Festival Hall
Chicago at Royal Festival Hall
free

Watch Chicago on an outside screen

31 Jul 2019 Watch an outdoor screening of the mobster musical Chicago on the riverside terrace outside the Royal Festival Hall

Free events in August

Save some money in August with these events that you can attend for free

Moulin Rouge at Royal Festival Hall
free

Moulin Rouge outdoor screening

14 Aug 2019 Watch an outdoor screening of the Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor movie Moulin Rouge at the Royal Festival Hall
Rocky Horror Picture Show at Royal Festival Hall
free

Outdoor film: Rocky Horror Picture Show

21 Aug 2019 Watch an outdoor screening of Richard OBriens cult classic on the riverside terrace outside the Royal Festival Hall
free

Notting Hill Carnival 2019

25 to The Notting Hill Carnival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend and is the biggest and busiest street festival in Europe

Free events in September

Here are some places to visit next September if you don’t want to spend any money

Benjamin Franklin House
free

Free tour around the Benjamin Franklin House

21 to Enjoy a free tour around Benjamin Franklins townhouse when the building takes part in Open House Weekend

More Free events in 2019/20

Here are some more free events in the coming months, for people who like to plan ahead

National Portrait Gallery
free

Elizabeth Peyton - National Portrait Gallery

3 Oct 2019 to An exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Peyton exploring her development from the 1990s to the present day
The Mall
free

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

3 Nov 2019 Youll have to get up early in the morning to catch the start of the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run in Hyde Park
Cenotaph
free

Remembrance Day Parade in Whitehall

10 Nov 2019 On Remembrance Sunday the Queen war veterans and politicians will gather to remember our war dead at The Cenotaph
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute for Prince Charles birthday

14 Nov 2019 The HAC will be firing off a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London to make sure everyone knows its Prince Charles birthday
Green Park
free

Gun salute to celebrate Prince Charles birthday

14 Nov 2019 The KTRHA will be firing a 41-gun salute in Green Park to mark Prince Charles 71st birthday - happy birthday Charlie!
National Gallery
free

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters

27 Nov 2019 to An exhibition of early works by David Bomberg alongside some of the Old Master paintings that inspired him
Serpentine
free

Peter Pan swimming race on Christmas Day

25 Dec 2019 The annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race has been held on the Serpentine lake every Christmas morning since 1864
 
Top 10 Best free attractions in London Here’s our pick of the best things to do for free from daily parades, debates and observation decks to the best galleries and museums.
The Band of the Royal Yeomanry Come and watch a free performance by the Band of the Royal Yeomanry when they play at the National Army Museum
Bermejo: Master of the Spanish Renaissance The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
The New Londoners: British Library An exhibition of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins, who has captured families living in their London homes.
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