Let’s be honest, as one of the financial capitals of the world and one of the most influential countries in terms of the economy, London can be a strain on the purse strings. As a thriving tourist destination and as a place with so much on offer, London has no reason to lower its prices. That said, there are cheap ways to stay in the city, with London City Suites offering very affordable accommodation. There is always a reason to spend money but if you’re tired of spending sterling then try these enthralling things to do in London which don’t cost a penny.
Natural History Museum and the Science Museum
The most family friendly and educational fun you can have and it’s completely free! Not only this, but the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are in very close proximity to each other, on the same tube stop of South Kensington. There is plenty to do at both establishments. The Natural History Museum boasts a great display of prehistoric dinosaurs which promises to amaze adults and children alike with its animatronics whilst the vast collection of animals on display, both extinct and still roaming all corners of the world is huge. The Science Museum boasts a range of hands on exhibitions ranging from an exploration of tectonic plate through an earthquake simulator to games involving static electricity and its shocking effects on the human body.
The British Museum
Based in the Bloomsbury area of central London, the British Museum is again free and promises a plethora of amazing artefacts collated over the last 264 years. The collection was started by Sir Hans Sloane who collected artefacts from around the world and eventually left them to the British government to promote education in other cultures. The Museum now holds hundreds of thousands of artefacts and has been the source behind many of the greatest archaeological digs of our time. The exhibitions on show include the cultures of Ancient Egyptian Sudan, the Middle East and Asia as well as spanning human civilizations from prehistoric times. Children will be entranced by the preserved Mummies on show as well as the vast array of costumes from throughout the ages which can be found.
London’s parks should never be underestimated. With a total of eight royal parks around London and all being open to the public, there is definitely a lot of ground to cover, 5000 acres to be precise. The best and most central parks to start with are Hyde Park and Green Park. Both Green Park and Hyde Park were created just outside Buckingham palace as hunting ground for the then king. There has been a wide array of different uses for the parks but both became open to the public in the 18th century. Since then, both have become entrenched in London culture, many monuments and memorials cropping up around both to commemorate important events in the city’s past. On top of the parks being very scenic, there is much behind them that promises an immersion in rich British history.