I don’t know why London gets such a bad name, really. I mean, sure, the price for parking over the course of a year costs the same as a house in Yorkshire, a village in Poland or the whole of of the Swiss Defence Budget*.
Who cares? You’re only going to be there for the weekend – and you don’t need to worry about any of that. Instead, take a look at some of the great things that you can do in London for free:
TEN THINGS TO DO IN LONDON FOR FREE
1 - Catch free music at the Notting Hill Arts Club – every Saturday between 4 and 8pm.
2 - Get on your own soapbox in Hyde Park’s Speaker’s Corner.
3 - Browse quail eggs, cava and custom-made cakes in the sumptuous food halls in Harrods.
4- Feed the pigeons in Trafalgar Square beneath Nelson’s Column (OK so you have to pay for the food but I’m thinking a bit of stale bread squeezes into the free category.)
5 - Walk along South Bank – take photos and gaze at silhouettes of the London Eye, Big Ben & The Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, the Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre…
6 – Run with the deer in Richmond Park to the hilltop that gives a view across the smoggy city to the dome of St Paul’s (incidentally where Henry VIII watched for the sign that Anne Boleyn had been beheaded.)
7 – Cast eyes on a giant dinosaur skeleton in the Natural History Museum.
8 - Watch colourful street performers in Covent Garden.
9 - Walk to the top of Primrose Hill – survey London at your feet.
10 - Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle.
*Not technically true (the part about the Swiss defence budget, that is. The Ten Things to Do in London for Free are all true.)