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5 of the best free attractions in London

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but it also has a wide range of free attractions. Here are some of the best things you can do for free in England’s capital

View from the Tate Modern café

The British Museum

The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street and houses approximately eight million works in its permanent collection. Visitors can experience two million years of history and culture, including exhibits such as the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone.

Admission to the permanent collection is free of charge and the museum advises visitors to book a timed slot online in advance to guarantee entry. The museum is open daily from 10:00 until 17:00, on Fridays the museum is open until 20:30.

Street Art London

Free online guides with interactive maps have simplified the search for attractions in London. One such guide is Street Art London, which is a free app with information about street murals, artwork and the works of Banksy in London. Digitalised guides such as this app provide visitors with GPS technology which makes it easier for visitors to discover the works of art. Once you're ready for a break and some downtime, try out free bingo online at Buzz Bingo from the comfort of your hotel or home. It's completely free to play and offers a convenient way to play bingo.

The Tate galleries

The Tate galleries offer the opportunity to experience the best of both worlds when you visit London. The Tate Modern is located in the former Bankside Power Station and exhibits art from modernism to contemporary artists. You can see works of artists such as Pablo Picasso, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, and Jenny Holzer.

Meanwhile, at Tate Britain on Millbank, you can marvel at British works of art dating from 1545 to the present. You can explore art from the English portrait and landscape painter Thomas Gainsborough to contemporary artists such as David Hockney.

Both art galleries are open from 10:00 until 18:00 Monday to Sunday and admission is free of charge. It is recommended that you book in advance for exhibitions.

The Changing of the Guard

Although it is not free to enter Buckingham Palace, the Queen's official London residence, you can watch the Changing of the Guard, which takes place on the palace forecourt, free of charge. The event is a formal ceremony where the soldiers protecting Buckingham Palace are replaced by another group of soldiers. Visitors can watch the soldiers, resplendent in their red tunics and bearskin hats, every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 11am. Tickets are not required, but it is recommended that you get there nice and early to get a good view of the proceedings.

Abbey Road

Fans of the Beatles will certainly want to visit Abbey Road, which features on the cover of the album of the same name released in 1969. The iconic photograph of John, Paul, George and Ringo on the crossing was taken by the photographer Iain Macmillan and the zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios has become a popular location for fans of the Fab Four, who want to recreate the scene with their friends and family.

There is so much to see and do in London and as you can see, there are plenty of things you can do free of charge. We hope that you have been given some ideas about how to spend a wonderful morning or afternoon in some of the most iconic areas of the capital.

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