- Visit the Great Museums: London’s state museums and galleries—including most of the big names—show off their permanent collections for free. Locals need the break—the average monthly rent here is £1,106, a high. They include the British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V&A, the two Museums of London, and the British Library.
- Watch the Changing of the Guard: The Buckingham Palace event has more pomp and circumstance than any other royal ceremony on earth, but the two daily changes at Horse Guards, the headquarters of the Queen's Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, are both more accessible and more fun.
- Take in Fresh Air and a City View: North of the River Thames, Hampstead Heath offers miles of woodland trails, historic pubs, and sumptuous mansions. To the south, the heights of Greenwich Park enjoy a panoramic sweep that takes in the royal borough’s 18th-century maritime architecture and the steel-and-glass of Canary Wharf.
- Catching a Free Event in the Center of the City: From the Lord Mayor’s Show to the Notting Hill Carnival, almost every major public event in the capital costs nothing to attend. See the London Calendar of Events.
- Going to the Library: The British Library’s free exhibitions include priceless manuscripts that will blow your mind. And don’t forget Jeremy Bentham, stored like an on old book in a case at University College London! He is stuffed and on display.
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