With Christmas markets springing up all around the city, reindeer paying a visit to Covent Garden and glittering illuminations adorning the capital’s most iconic landmarks, London wastes no time getting in the festive mood. Christmas is the most atmospheric time of year to explore the city and whether you’re ice-skating beneath the Tower of London, visiting Santa at one of his most spectacular grottos or sipping mulled wine as you admire the festive shop window displays, there are plenty of magical ways to spend the holidays in London.
Category: Free Things To Do
October 28, 2014
Whether you’re hoping to avoid the crowds, save some money or just explore a different side of London, there are plenty of ways to get off-the-beaten-track in the British capital and there’s much more to the city than Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye. Of course, first-time visitors will likely want to check off the most famous landmarks, but don’t be afraid to spice up your itinerary by visiting some of the city’s equally impressive sights. To help inspire you, here are 8 little-known alternatives to London’s top attractions.
October 7, 2014
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.
September 9, 2014
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.
August 26, 2014
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.
May 27, 2014
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.
May 13, 2014
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.
March 23, 2014
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.
September 10, 2013
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.
April 1, 2013
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.