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

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Free events in November

Here are some interesting free events during November 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

Science Museum
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to Science Museum Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery amongst some of the gallerys great works of art
Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament Visitors can enter the Houses of Parliament for free and watch MPs debating in the House of Lords and House of Commons
Houses of Parliament
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Houses of Parliament You can watch the Prime Minister get grilled by the House of Commons every Wednesday at Prime Ministers Questions
Museum of Childhood
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to Museum of Childhood The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
Wallace Collection
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to Wallace Collection The Wallace Collections new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museums founder Sir Richard Wallace
Science Museum
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to Science Museum The Science Museum will be telling the story of how the worlds first IVF baby was born and look into the future of infertility treatment
Tate Modern
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to Tate Modern Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years between World Wars I and II
British Library
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to British Library Some of the best items from Michael Palins donated archive will be put on display at the British Library
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
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to St. Martin-in-the-Fields St Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square usually puts on a free classical music recitals a couple of times each week
Sadiq Khan at City Hall
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to City Hall The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall
Museum of London Docklands
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to Museum of London Docklands This exhibition explores the connection between some of Britains oldest cultural organisations and transatlantic slavery
Imperial War Museum
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to Imperial War Museum Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Imperial War Museum
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to Imperial War Museum An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I
Science Museum
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to Science Museum The Science Museum will be exploring the life and death of the Romanovs — the last imperial monarchs of Russia
Imperial War Museum
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to Imperial War Museum Hear the personal stories of the soldiers civilians and children who lived through the Armistice at the end of World War I
Imperial War Museum
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to Imperial War Museum An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Tate Britain
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to Tate Britain Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control captivity and the subjugation of others
Saatchi Gallery
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to Saatchi Gallery The Saatchi Gallerys new exhibition Salon 008 includes works by three Sudanese artists from the Khartoum School of art
Saatchi Gallery
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to Saatchi Gallery The Saatchi Gallery will be exploring arts place in social satire and whether it has been influenced by recent politics
British Library
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to British Library A small exhibition about the work that has been done to save the heritage of World Heritage Site of Djenne
Buckingham Palace
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to Buckingham Palace The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourists itinerary
Royal Courts of Justice
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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
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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
Serpentine Gallery
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to Serpentine Gallery Pierre Huyghes new exhibition at the Serpentine uses images of peoples brain activity and a birthing chamber of live flies
Somerset House
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to Somerset House The first major solo exhibition in the UK by South African artist Athi-Patra Ruga will take place at Somerset House
British Museum
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to British Museum A free exhibition that showcases some of the finest examples in the British Museums collection of 70000 medals
Somerset House
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Somerset House This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s 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
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Westminster Abbey You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
Tower of London
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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
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Covent Garden Enjoy some free street entertainment at Covent Garden - everything from buskers and acrobats to clowns and opera singers
Horse Guards
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Horse Guards Changing the Guard at Horse Guards is similar to the ceremony at Buckingham Palace but is a lot less crowded and takes place every day
Horse Guards
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Horse Guards The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards
Sky Garden
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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
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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
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to Guildhall Attend a meeting of the Common Council at the Guildhall and see the Aldermen and Lord Mayor of London
Museum of Childhood
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to Museum of Childhood A child-friendly exhibition about pirates that will take your kids on a swashbuckling adventure and show them some real pirate coins
Tower of London
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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
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Speakers’ Corner If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to an orator stand up and discuss whatever they like -- all in the name of free speech
Hackney Marshes
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Hackney Marshes Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Hampton Court Palace
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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
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Crossbones Graveyard On the 23rd of every month people gather at Crossbones Graveyard to pay their respects to societys outcasts
Spitalfields City Farm
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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?
Hayward Gallery
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to Hayward Gallery Emmanuelle Laines new installation at the Hayward is called Learn the Rules Like a Pro So You Can Break Them Like an Artist!
National Army Museum
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to National Army Museum An exhibition about the British Hussars exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars
National Gallery
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to National Gallery Get your sketchbook and pencil ready for ninety minutes of drawing famous paintings at the National Gallery
Tate Britain
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to Tate Britain The Tate will looking at the uncompromising sculptures that emerged in Britain after the Second World War
Wallace Collection
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to Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection will be showcasing some of the best plates from Edouard Lievres Musee Graphique
British Library
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to British Library An exhibition all about cats that explores how they have been portrayed in literature in paintings and on the stage
British Library
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to British Library Explore the development of P G Wodehouses writing career with this free exhibition at the British Library
National Gallery
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to National Gallery Rachel Macleans darkly comic and satirical film explores the relationship between Scotland and England
National Gallery
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to National Gallery Edwin Landseers majestic painting of The Monarch of the Glen is one of the worlds best-loved animal paintings

Free events in December

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

St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy a performance of Handels Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and the City of London Sinfonia at St Pauls Cathedral
Benjamin Franklin House
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Benjamin Franklin House The Benjamin Franklin House will be throwing a Christmas party especially for kids with carols crafts and mince pies
Sir John Soane’s Museum
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Sir John Soane’s Museum Take your kids to this arts and crafts event at Sir John Soanes Museum where they can make some Christmas cards
Scrooge at Wallace Collection
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Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection will be screening Scrooge - arguably the best-ever version of Charles Dickens Christmas classic
Old Royal Naval College
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Old Royal Naval College Listen to the Trinity Laban Choirs Christmas carol service inside the Chapel at the Old Royal Naval College
Westminster Abbey
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to Westminster Abbey Get into the seasonal spirit with a traditional service of lessons and Christmas carols at Westminster Abbey
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral The annual blessing of the crib and lighting of the Christmas trees at St Pauls Cathedral is always an atmospheric service
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Listen to Benjamin Brittens Ceremony of Carols performed inside St Pauls Cathedral alongside some readings for advent
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral This short(-ish) Christmas carol concert at St Pauls Cathedral is aimed especially at families with little children
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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to St. Paul’s Cathedral Enjoy some seasonal readings and Christmas carols sung by the congregation and Cathedral Choir at St Pauls Cathedral
Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey The Midnight Mass at Westminster Abbey includes a sermon and Holy Communion and Christmas carols by the Abbey Choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Start your Christmas in style by attending the atmospheric candlelit midnight mass at St Pauls Cathedral on Christmas Eve
Serpentine
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Serpentine The annual Peter Pan Cup swimming race has been held on the Serpentine lake every Christmas morning since 1864
Westminster Abbey
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Westminster Abbey London is like a ghost town on Christmas Day so how about attending the Sung Eucharist at Westminster Abbey instead?
St. Paul’s Cathedral
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St. Paul’s Cathedral Theres not a lot to do in London on Christmas Day so how about attending a church service at St Pauls Cathedral instead?

Free events in February 2019

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

Chinatown
free

Chinatown Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig with a lively parade through Chinatown and some free entertainment in Trafalgar Square
National Gallery
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to National Gallery French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in revolutionary Paris and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon

More Free events in 2019/20

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

River Thames
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River Thames The annual University Boat Race will take place in April this year - Cambridge have the lead over Oxford with 83 wins to 80
National Gallery
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to National Gallery Sean Scullys new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turners atmospheric painting The Evening Star
 
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