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Changing of the guard at London’s Buckingham Palace

With all there is to do in London, entry fees and amusement rides can get pricey when it all adds up. Stick with some of London’s free activities to make sure you don’t break the bank on your next European getaway.

Enjoy the Free Museums

There are several incredible museums right in the heart of London … and the best ones are absolutely free to attend. The British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, National History Museum, Science Museum, and Victoria & Albert Museum are all perfect options and best of all completely free on certain days of the week. Just plan your schedule accordingly.

Catch a Film

It’s hard to believe that you can still see a movie for free, but that is exactly what you will get at the Roxy Bar & Screen. Here you can kick back and catch a flick while sipping on your favourite ale (ale is, sadly, not include free).

Take a Stroll along the Thames

Walk alongside this flowing, pulsing river in the heart of London. Picnic along the sides or take a boat down the centre. Either way, enjoying nature is always free.

See the Changing of the Guard

Nothing quite conjures the image of London quite like this ceremonial ritual. Head to the changing of the guard for an exciting spectacle. Check the website for schedule times. View the Buckingham Palace like you have never seen it before—but arrive early to beat the crowds and get a front-row view.

Who knows, maybe they’ll even give you a Game of Thrones-inspired show.

Sit in a TV Show Audience

Many popular TV shows are filmed right in London and you can easily be a guest member for absolutely no cost. Apply early for this chance, though. Choose from shows such as 'House of Fools', 'Just a Minute', and 'The Nolan Show'—or take your chances all the way and audition for 'Britain’s Got Talent' or 'The X Factor (UK)'.

Stand atop the City on Primrose Hill

Rather than spending a fortune on the London Eye, head up to Primrose Hill where you can grab the best view of the city without the crazy prices.

Sing with the Choir at Westminster Abbey

Okay, maybe don’t sing with them—but definitely listen to them sing. Watch a performance of the Westminster Abbey Choir, consisting of 30 boys (who attend the choir school) and 12 professional adult singers. The choir travels the world and performs events and also sings for national events in the United Kingdom and at the Church.

Learn Your British History at Speaker’s Corner

A historical speaking corner in Hyde Park, you can still head here and listen to exciting protests and debates. This perfectly free event will give some excitement to a beautiful walk through the park.

Laugh Your Face Off at a Comedy Show

What could be more fun than heading out for a night of dinner and few laughs? Much of London has comedy clubs that are completely free. Look around for one that’s close to your dinner spot.

Famous Landmarks

All around London, you’ll find many famous landmarks that represent London and all that it is. Though some of the landmarks require an entry fee, many are completely free. Visit the Piccadilly Circus and take in the fiery, neon lights brightening the night sky, take in the Trafalgar square and have a picnic lunch, or head over to the Tower Bridge and snap a few pictures.

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