Category: Free Things To Do

Fall Foliage in London

October 7, 2014

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Fall foliage in London's Hyde Park

With the wind whipping the through the trees, the crunch of leaves underfoot and the last slivers of summer sun peeking through the clouds, autumn is an enchanting time to discover the British capital. Don’t let the cooler weather and chance of rain keep you indoors – this is the best time of year to explore the city’s many parks and there are ample opportunities to admire the colorful fall foliage in London.

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London’s Famous Speakers’ Corner

September 9, 2014

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 Hyde Park, London

Priding itself on its cultural and political diversity, the British capital has long been a place where people can speak their mind and there’s no better example of this than London’s famous Speaker’s Corner, an area of the city devoted to free public speech. Karl Marx, Lenin, William Morris, George Orwell and Lord Soper have all taken to their soapboxes at Speaker’s Corner over the years, and with students, preachers and political figures continuing to use the space, the public forum is just as relevant today.

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London in September: Weather, Events, and Things to Do

August 26, 2014

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London, England

With the summer crowds thinning out, students heading back to school and the sun still shining, visiting London in September is the perfect time for sightseeing. The British summer isn’t quite over yet and Londoners will be celebrating their last sunny days with a busy schedule of festivals and events. Plus, don’t forget that many of the city’s summer tourist specials will still be ongoing, like the summer opening of Buckingham Palace and Parliament and the BBC Proms concerts.

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10 Insider Tips for Discovering London on a Budget

May 27, 2014

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Tuck into street food in London. Photo courtesy of Garry Knight via Flickr.

With a day travel card costing more than £10 and a ticket for the London Eye costing almost £30, traveling in London is not a wise choice for cash-strapped travelers. Of course, savvy visitors will know that pre-purchasing a London Pass is the most cost-effective way of taking in the sights and buying an Oyster card is the cheapest way to use the London Underground, but budget-conscious Londoners have a whole host of other money-saving tips. Want to know how to enjoy free entertainment, DIY sightseeing tours and a meal for less than a fiver? Here are 10 insider tips for discovering London on a budget.

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Shopping on King’s Road in Chelsea

May 13, 2014

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The famous Kings Road in Chelsea, London. Photo courtesy of Monica Arellano-Ongpin via Flickr.

At the heart of one of West London’s most affluent neighborhoods, shopping on King’s Road in Chelsea offers everything from high street stores to exclusive designer boutiques, but there’s more to the iconic street than just a place to max out your credit card. Rocketing to fame during its 1960s heyday, King’s Road boasts a long history at the center of the capital’s fashion industry and the boulevard remains steeped in pop culture legend.

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Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Anniversary

March 23, 2014

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Celebrate Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Anniversary in Stratford-upon-Avon. Photo courtesy of Mark.Bold via Flickr.

As the most-read playwright in history, few literary figures are as revered as William Shakespeare and every year thousands of fans visit Stratford-Upon-Avon to follow in the footsteps of the iconic wordsmith. Shakespeare’s hometown, Stratford-Upon-Avon, has been celebrating the writer’s birthday on April 23rd for nearly 200 years, with a weekend of parades, live music and themed events devoted to the town’s most famous resident, and with 2014 marking Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday Anniversary, this year’s festivities are set to be some of the biggest yet.

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London Friday Night Skate

September 10, 2013

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Each Friday night the streets of London come alive with the whirring of hundreds of tiny wheels, as a huge crowd of rollerbladers, quad skaters and skateboarders shoot through the city center, accompanied by blaring music. This is London’s Friday night skate (FNS), one of the most thrilling ways to get the inside scoop on the city’s hotspots.

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Biking in London

April 1, 2013

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With the Mayor of London instigating a cycling revolution in the British capital, London has worked hard to cement its reputation as a bike friendly city. A fun, eco-friendly and cheap way to get around the city, London offers a surprising array of bicycle routes even for those unaccustomed to urban cycling and a large number of the city’s sights are easily accessible by bike.

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St. Paul’s Cathedral

March 4, 2013

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With its magnificent dome presiding over London’s skyline, St Paul’s Cathedral is not only the seat of the bishop of London, but is one of the city’s most famous landmarks. One of the largest churches in Europe, dedicated to Paul the Apostle, the cathedral sits atop Ludgate hill, the highest point of the City of London financial district, and remains a major tourist attraction, not least for the spectacular views afforded from its tower.

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Camden Market

January 28, 2013

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Camden Market first sprung up in 1974, as a weekly crafts fair set on the banks of the Regent’s Canal; today, a mass of stalls, clothing boutiques and vintage stores make up one of the capital’s biggest and most popular markets, sprawled along the famous Camden Lock and blending into the High Street’s mix of rock clubs and atmospheric pubs. The market is actually split into four individual markets, open daily from 10am until around 6pm, but it’s the weekends when the area really comes alive.

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