There are no free lunches in this world they say! But exceptions can always be made, right? Talking about the ‘it’ city of London, its obviously lives up to its reputation of being one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Right from its super exuberant hotels and eateries to its overly priced transportation and sight seeing, a hole in your wallet is nothing out of the extra-ordinary. Travelling London has been a dreaded thought for the broke. Yet there’s nowhere else like London. Nothing at all, anywhere! So if you’ve already packed your bags for a much-awaited vacation in London or have already set foot there, here are a few free things to do in London in 2017. Not without saving that precious penny though!
*Visit Museums: There’s ample good news for all you lovers of history out there! Stop worrying about those ‘pound envy’ museum tickets anymore! With it’s newly adopted ‘no-charge’ admission policy, all those 300 museums and in London enable visitation at no cost at all! Start your historical journey with the world famous British Museum. Home to a splendid collection of artifacts, peep into the past at no extra cost. Not to miss the dinosaur fossils at the National History Museum, the Apollo 10 Command Capsule at the Science Museum, the complete evolutionary history of this awesome city at the Museum of London and numerous such historical attractions of the never ending string.
*Visit an Art Gallery: The ‘EARTH’ without ‘ART’ is just ‘EH’! And so would London be, without its magnificent galleries showcasing the splendid work of art of thousands of renowned artistes from around the world. Start your wonderfully artistic journey and lose yourself with the most famous one, the National Gallery, which boasts of the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci, Van Gogh and Botticelli amongst other famous artistes. With more than two thousand paintings, spanning an era from the middle ages to the twentieth century, the National Gallery ought to be the number one on your bucket list! Not to miss out the Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre, the Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Gallery amongst others. You may go in penny less but you surely shall come out rich.
*Buy an Oyster Card: An Oyster card is a kind of an electronic ticket, which assists you to go paper free while using the Public transportation in London. It can be used anywhere from boarding buses in London to the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, London Overground and the Tramlink. An added advantage is that some of the riverboat services and National Rail services too accept the Oyster Card. Moreover, on the London Buses, cash is no longer accepted. Having one of these in your wallet will save you of the international card hassles. Thus this blue credit card sized contactless travel smart card helps you can cut down your transportation expenses by almost 50%!! What’s more? The Oyster Card lets you grab some extra deals on food and drinks too. Thus there’s more of the ‘Free’ stuff than seems to this smart cookie!
*Watch Iconic Symbols: London is famous for some of its most ‘not-to-miss’ monuments and buildings that shapeup the very character of this great historical city. First on your bucket list ought to be Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, The White Tower or the Tower of London. Yes the Queen of London, Queen Elizabeth, has her residence in this building! Right there, in its vicinity, you can see the iconic London Tower Bridge and the gigantic London Bridge, slightly up stream. Next up would be the largest of the four Royal parks, the Hyde Park. Love lush green places? Book the Park Grand London Hyde Park for the scenic views to calm your senses. This Central London Hotel’s special offer shall convince you to spend at least a night amongst the greenery and lushness of the royal estates.
Watch the magnificence of London by lodging yourself up on to the London Eye that has breathtaking view from the top. Or go see the Nelsons Column, a 170 feet tall monument in the Trafalgar Square, along with the Fourth Plinth and the famous stone lions. Not to miss the famous BigBen, the giant clock that was originally meant to be called The Royal Victoria. Later walk down to the House of Parliament, the St. Paul’s Cathedral, the newly built Gherkin tower and of course the Buckingham Palace!
*See Westminster Abbey: Formally known as the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, The Westminster Abbey is a big church right next to the Palace of Westminster. It is a historically important burials and memorials site in London. Ever since the coronation of William the Conqueror, all the coronations of the British royalty have been held here. Latest developments include the newly built Cellarium Café and Terrace.
If your motto too seems to be like: To live is to travel, then don’t fear the pounding of the pounds. There are numerous suggestions you have by now to visit the greatness of London without worrying the least bit about the expenses incurred of visiting the greatest cities of the world. Smart minds save a lot of money. The one inspiration that shall always pull you back is that when you step out in London, it just swallows you. And who doesn’t want to get lost in the historical place that becomes a part of you, somehow…