Free Things to do in London
Casting its picture on both the sides of the coin, London is a tale of two cities. On one hand, the capital city is the central hub of cultural vibrance. From its quaint museums and lively festivals to theatrical performances and musical culture, it weaves a story of its own for its visitors. On the other hand, London is a tale of the past and as you wander through its streets, you will find yourself mentally transporting to another time and age. Be it catching a sight of Buckingham Palace or visiting the famous Charles Dickens Museum, London is a city that has something to offer to every visitor that decides to call this city his own.
If you are planning a trip to London, we have a list of places that you can visit to make your post-quarantine trip an absolutely amazing one. It is a common notion that a visit to London can be a bit expensive, but it is all about how you plan your trip. Check out this list of things to do in London during the lockdown, all without compromising your budget.
Free things to do in London: Visit the Baker Street
Most of us might not have visited Baker Street yet, but we have surely heard of 221B Baker Street! Yes, Sherlock Holmes’ address is inspired by a real-life place and literary historians still speculate if 221B Baker Street really exists in this quaint little street. Well, if you are a fan or Arthur Conan Doyle or a frequent binge-watcher of the Sherlock Holmes show, then this street is going to make your inner fan scream at every turn. Just around the corner, there is also the famous Madame Tussauds that is usually crawling with keen visitors. You can simply take a stroll in this beautiful street and collect memories for free. If you want, you can also visit the Sherlock Holmes Museum after purchasing an entrance ticket.
Spots that are every literature lover’s delight
For a city that is famous for its literary hotspots, having shared a personal history with writers and their work – London is every literature enthusiast’s dream come true. The options are truly endless! You can visit the Charles Dickens Museum, which houses the remains of the only Charles Dickens’ residences that still exist. This is the place where history was made and ‘Oliver Twist’ and ‘Nicholas Nickleby’ came to life.
Other hotspots include the Henrietta St, Covent Garden wherein Jane Austen stayed with her brother at the famous 10 Henrietta Street and the cosy Atlanta bookshop that is known to be frequently visited by WB Yeats. There are just too many nooks in London that have survived as witnesses to the historical reunions of writers and this beautiful city’s charm.
Explore the historical essence of London
London is surely known for its history, and more so for its symbolic continuations of age old historical traditions and practices. On a fine weekend, you should definitely set out to get a whiff of the architectural grandeur and historical essence of the city. For starters, one cannot simply miss out on the iconic Westminster Abbey. The gothic architecture of the cathedral is awe-inspiring and it is the place where the royalty is crowned even today.
While you are acquainting yourself with the city, London’s Big Ben should surely fall on your must-visit list. Not only is it the symbol of the oldest democracy in the world but also arguably, one of the most iconic landmarks of the city. For those who are interested in the history of the Second World War, Churchill’s War Rooms is a frequently visited museum.
Feel the symphony of London’s music
There’s no cheaper way to enjoy music, than navigating your way through the streets of London. Somewhere, you will eventually end up finding a free open air concert or get yourself grooving to a busker’s beats. If you are a classical music lover, you can listen to free classical music during lunchtime at St. James Piccadilly and St. Martin in the Fields. Making your way through the city, you can also find amazing street performers in Covent Garden and watch frequent jazz performances at the Southbank Centre.
If you are willing to spend some money to satiate your inner musical fanatic, then there is no place like London for you! From musical tours like ‘The Beatles London Walking Tour’ and “ Swinging 60s Bus Tour” to iconic music festivals like the ‘Camden Rocks Festival’- London is a real-life Disneyland to every music lover. While you are exploring your music junkie, don’t forget to recreate The Beatles’ world-famous album cover at the Abbey Road zebra crossing!
Try out London’s street food
London’s street-food is the place where various cultures and countries meet. If you want to get some authentic, multicultural food in London- you should definitely check out the ethnic neighbourhoods. Visit Southall or Bricklane to get a taste of Indian food and Kingsland Road to get your hands on mouth-watering Vietnamese food.
You should definitely check out London’s street food specialities in its food markets as well! When we say London’s street markets, we mean lines and lines of food stalls and vans that can make any visitor have a cheat day. Food markets like the Borough Market, Southbank Centre Food Market and Old Spitalfields Market are some of the must go-to spots. You will find everything, from delicious macaron ice cream sandwiches to chocolate-filled Churros, all without burning a hole in your packet!
Book yourself a place to stay at London
Planning your trip’s itinerary is always one of the first steps to a memorable trip. If you plan to visit London and frequent all these spots on a fine weekend, then we have just the news for you. You can find yourself a scrubbed clean OYO hotel near all these key locations and other localities in the city. Booking an accommodation was never as easy, all you have to do is simply head over to the official OYO website, find a location and residence that fits your taste best and make your choice with a click!