Things to do for free in London

For loads of ideas for family fun in the capital, check out our top picks of free activities and attractions in London.

Petting zoo

London Zoo is fantastic, but it’s not the only animal-friendly destination in town. Try Stepney City Farm, or Hackney City Farm instead. Some of the activities ask for a small donation, but entrance to both are completely free.

Go to a museum

Most of London’s major museums and galleries offer free entry to their permanent collections. Try daily drop-in activities at The Museum of Childhood; family-friendly events at the Horniman Museum & Gardens; family art fun at the Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum; the Kids Only section on the Natural History Museum site; sonic trails at the Tate Modern; family events at the British Museum; a world of exploration at the Science Museum; or sitting on the Magic Carpet at The National Gallery.

Go for a walk along the South Bank

On the way you’ll come across all sorts of famous London sights, pop-up events and markets. Walk past the National Theatre, and you might see people making sand sculptures.

Head to Covent Garden

Here you’ll find lots of street entertainers, singers, or musicians busking in the courtyard, as well as market stalls, human statues and who knows what else – it’s a place that attracts events and activities on a daily basis.

Run around a royal park

They feature lots of things to do and see for all the family. Hyde Park has a duck pond, the Serpentine Lake and Speakers’ Corner (on Sunday mornings). Kensington Gardens is home to Kensington Palace and a pirate ship!

Run around a royal park

If your kids like playing in water, you’re in luck. Go to Granary Square in King’s Cross day or night to see the choreographed fountains, Somerset House, or the O2 in summer, Don’t forget your towel!

Stay in London for free

If you’re under 16, you can stay for free at any Premier Inn when you visit with your family. Plus, if an adult orders one of our breakfasts, you’ll get up to two kid’s (under 16) breakfasts on the house.

Run around a royal park

If your kids like playing in water, you’re in luck. Go to Granary Square in King’s Cross day or night to see the choreographed fountains, Somerset House, or the O2 in summer, Don’t forget your towel!

Get off at Barbican Station on Sunday

Head to the Barbican Centre to check out the second biggest conservatory in London that’s home to a tropical oasis, with fish and plants, open 11am-5pm every Sunday.

Go to Granary Square in King’s Cross

If your kids like playing in water, you’re in luck. Go to Granary Square in King’s Cross day or night to see the choreographed fountains, Somerset House, or the O2 in summer, Don’t forget your towel!