Visiting London can be a great way to spend some time with the kids, however if you’re not careful you could quickly see wallet emptying quicker than the time it took for you to get to London in the first place! The capital of England is full of fantastic sites to see, areas to visit and places to eat at, but it can all add up very quickly. If spending the next few weeks counting the pennies doesn’t seem like quite your cup of tea, why not take a look at these four great free locations that will help you to entertain the kids without having to pay through the nose for it!
As one of London’s biggest parks, Hyde Park is home to a number of different events throughout the year, including the Winter Wonderland event throughout late November to early January every year and there is a real reason for its popularity. It is a beautiful park and known as one of London’s 8 ‘Royal parks’ among others such as Richmond Park, Brompton Cemetery and Victoria Tower Gardens.
Open from 5am until midnight every day, the park covers a whopping 350 acres and is home to a number of iconic landmarks including the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain and Speaker’s Corner among others. The park also provides a unique habitat for a wide array of flora and fauna, which can be seen all year round. Great for a quiet picnic with the kids!
Nestled near Soho is London’s very own Chinatown, complete with iconic hanging lanterns, elaborate restaurant signs, stone dragon carvings and street vendors alike. For a taste of China without having to hop on a plane for 18 hours, Chinatown is perfect. With a number of small shops and quaint bakeries, you can look all you like without spending a penny and if you catch Chinatown on a festival day, you will often see street performers and dancing dragons walking through the streets.
For an even bigger celebration, you’ll want to visit Chinatown during the New Year. Chinese celebrations throughout the New Year often last for over a week and can include performances by dancers and musicians alike. You might even be able to try some of the local delicacies as there will be some free samples around!
Natural History Museum and National Science Museum
While this technically counts as two places, the Natural History Museum and the National Science Museum are two fantastic museums located fairly close to one another (within walking distance at least) that can make for a great day out with the kids. Whether they are into classical automobiles, ancient dinosaurs, learning about the anatomy of the human body or staring into outer space, there will be something there for everyone.
Plus, both museums market their information in a way that appeals to kids and adults of all ages. Even if you’re not particularly excited about visiting the museums, the presentation and interactive aspect of the museums makes this trip fun for everyone. Learn something new today, as both museums are 100% free to enter!
From unicycling performers to opera singers to contortionists and more, taking a trip to Covent Garden is like taking a trip to the circus, except you’re out in broad daylight instead of in the centre of a circular tent! Covent Garden has a huge range of different performers, each with his or her own unique acts, space and rules about performing in the area. You can see a full list of the performers on the Covent Garden London UK website, for more information or if you are looking at catching a certain performer.
Not everything in London requires a full wallet in order to get full enjoyment from it, you just have to make sure that you try to go on days where there are less tourists – avoid the warmer, summer months and try to go for the colder months! While the places we have mentioned are popular, they are also frequent tourist destinations, but with good planning and good timing you can normally avoid the rush and anyway, what would London be without half of its hustle and bustle? It is the capital for a reason!
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