Video:Top 5 Free Things to Do in Londonwith Nadia Chapman
London has many things to do and see for free. Watch this video from About.com for 5 ideas that will make you discover this city without spending a dime!See Transcript
Transcript:Top 5 Free Things to Do in London
Hi, I'm Nadia Chapman for About.com, and I'm presenting you five things to do while visiting London!
Most of the museums are free in London. Just keep in mind that some special temporary exhibitions are not.
The Natural History Museum Is Free
My first suggestion would be the famous Natural History Museum. This museum is free except for the temporary exhibitions. The museum is open everyday. This is a popular place to visit with kids, and the wait to get in can be quite long, so be prepared. The museum opened on April 18, 1881. The collections as well as the architecture of the building will fascinate you.
The Victoria and Albert Museum Is Also Free
Why not hit two birds with one stone and visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of the world's greatest museums of art and design? This museum is situated right next to The Natural History Museum. This is another free museum offering original exhibitions on textile, ceramic, jewelery, photography, metalwork, fashion and much more. The museum is free, but some events and special exhibitions will have a special charge.
Hyde Park Is a Free Park in London
Now, let's step outside to enjoy one of London's royal parks, Hyde Park. Taking a stroll or having a picnic in Hyde Park is pleasant and free, and you will be able to view some free events from time to time. In this 350-acre park right in the center of London, you can visit the Diana Memorial Fountain, enjoy a rich variety of flora and fauna, including ducks and natural wild flowers, a cafe, a lake, and many paths available for cycling, rollerblading, walking and jogging. Note that some special events and activities such as tennis and swimming have a small fee.
The Tate Modern Is Another Free Museum
Tate Modern is also a free museum, except for special exhibitions. The museum offers free gallery tours, and an interactive area where guests can watch movies, play games and read about art. Create your art piece in the open studio for free, and enjoy the view of the Thames River from the balconies on top of the building.
The National Gallery Is Another Free Museum
Don't leave London without a stop at another great free museum, the National Gallery. Situated right across the Trafalgar Square, this impressive site is a great view point for photos and just a pleasant place to sit and relax. Located near the Mall, and St. James's Park, and right next to the National Portrait Gallery, this museum offers over 2,300 paintings, including Van Gogh and Da Vinci. Enjoy free live music from the Royal College of Music every Friday.
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