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 January

Here are some interesting free events during January 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
free

Superbugs - The Fight For Our Lives

9 Nov 2017 to Learn how scientists are fighting back against the bacteria that are growing increasingly resistant to antibiotics
Museum of Childhood
free

Dream On - V&A Museum of Childhood

10 Feb 2018 to The Dream On exhibition will be exploring the imaginary world that exists in our head between sleep and wakefulness
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
Imperial War Museum
free

Moments of Silence - Imperial War Museum

21 Sep 2018 to Moments of Silence uses recordings of the silences captured at Remembrance Services at 11 AM on 11th November
Imperial War Museum
free

Renewal - Life After The First World War

21 Sep 2018 to An exhibition of black and white photos showing the rebuilding and changes that took place after World War I
Science Museum
free

The Last Tsar - Blood And Revolution

21 Sep 2018 to The Science Museum will be exploring the life and death of the Romanovs — the last imperial monarchs of Russia
Imperial War Museum
free

I Was There - Room Of Voices

21 Sep 2018 to 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
free

Mimesis - African Soldier

21 Sep 2018 to An exhibition to commemorate the often unheralded role that African and colonial soldiers played during the First World War
Tate Britain
free

Jesse Darling - The Ballad of Saint Jerome

22 Sep 2018 to Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control captivity and the subjugation of others
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
Serpentine Gallery
free

Pierre Huyghe - UUmwelt

3 Oct 2018 to Pierre Huyghes new exhibition at the Serpentine uses images of peoples brain activity and a birthing chamber of live flies
British Museum
free

Witnesses - Emigre medallists in Britain

4 Oct 2018 to A free exhibition that showcases some of the finest examples in the British Museums collection of 70000 medals
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
Horse Guards
free

Changing the Guard at 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
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
Museum of Childhood
free

A Pirates Life For Me

20 Oct 2018 to 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
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
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to 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
Tate Britain
free

Figure Totem Beast - 1950s British Sculpture

29 Oct 2018 to The Tate will looking at the uncompromising sculptures that emerged in Britain after the Second World War
British Library
free

Cats On The Page - British Library

23 Nov 2018 to An exhibition all about cats that explores how they have been portrayed in literature in paintings and on the stage
British Library
free

P G Wodehouse - The Man and His Work

27 Nov to Explore the development of P G Wodehouses writing career with this free exhibition at the British Library
National Gallery
free

Rachel Maclean - The Lion And The Unicorn

29 Nov to Rachel Macleans darkly comic and satirical film explores the relationship between Scotland and England
National Gallery
free

The Monarch of the Glen - Edwin Landseer

29 Nov to Edwin Landseers majestic painting of The Monarch of the Glen is one of the worlds best-loved animal paintings
Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

2 Jan to The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourists itinerary
Houses of Parliament
free

Listen to MPs in the Houses of Commons

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
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
St. Martin-in-the-Fields
free

Lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields

14 Jan to 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
free

Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time

17 Jan to The London Assembly will be grilling Sadiq Khan at Mayors Question Time in their monthly meeting at City Hall

Free events in February

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

Chinatown
free

Celebrate the Chinese New Year

10 Feb 2019 Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Pig with a lively parade through Chinatown and some free entertainment in Trafalgar Square
National Gallery
free

Scenes of Parisian Life - National Gallery

28 Feb to French artist Louis-Leopold Boilly worked in revolutionary Paris and witnessed the rise and fall of Napoleon

Free events in April

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

River Thames
free

Oxford v Cambridge University Boat Race

7 Apr 2019 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
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
Hyde Park
free

41-gun salute to mark the Queens 93rd birthday

21 Apr 2019 You can hear the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery fire a 41-gun salute in Hyde Park to mark the Queens 93rd birthday
Tower of London
free

Hear a 62-gun salute at the Tower of London

21 Apr 2019 The HAC will be firing a 62-gun salute at Gun Wharf by the Tower of London to mark Her Majesty the Queens 93rd birthday

Free events in May

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

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

More Free events in 2019/20

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

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
Tower of London
free

62-gun salute to mark the Queens Coronation

2 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

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

11 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

11 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
Notting Hill
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
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!
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
 
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