Bloomsbury Festival. A festival of the arts, culture and science, over five days every October. More than 100 events, mostly free to the public.
British Legion Poppy Factory. Richmond. See how they manufacture 11 million poppies a year to celebrate Remembrance Sunday.
College of Optometrists Museum. Westminster. World's finest historical collection of spectacles, contact lenses, and artificial eyes. By appointment.
Columbia Road Flower Market. Tower Hamlets. Comes alive every Sunday with a riot of flowers and plants including ten foot high banana trees.
Croydon Airport Micro Museum. A tiny museum open only on the first Sunday of the month. Celebrates Croydon Airport’s glamorous pre-war past.
God’s Own Junkyard. Walthamstow. Colourful and eccentric museum created by neon sign maker Chris Bracey. Over 700 neon signs - all lit up.
Gresham College. City of London. An excellent series of free lectures by top academics on science and the humanities. Doing this since 1597.
Hackney City Farm. Get up close to pigs, goats, sheep, chickens and donkeys. Also rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks and geese. Eggs for sale.
London For Free. Eleven excellent self-guided walks. Routes include both sides of the Thames, Westminster and the City of London.
London Glass Blowing. See red hot glass blown by hand in Bermondsey. And you can have a go.
London Pavement Geology. Explore the stones from which 1500 London buildings were built with this remarkable website.
London Remembers. Explore plaques, monuments and statues commemorating the famous dead. Images and details of 5,000 London memorials.
Novelty Automation. Camden. Hilarious satirical slot machines, all in working order, and made from scrap materials by Tim Hunkin.
Portobello Film Festival. Kensington & Chelsea. A lively September independent film festival, with all events open free to the public.
Regent’s Park Bandstand. Music in the stunning setting of the bandstand in Regent’s Park. Every Sunday throughout July and August.
Ruislip Woods. Hillingdon. The largest area of ancient woodland in Greater London. Oak and hornbeam, with the River Pin meandering through.
Totally Thames. Celebrating the Thames every September with a diverse programme of arts events along 42 miles of the river.
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum. The industrial history of the Lea Valley - birthplace of the jet airliner, plastic, and the duplicating machine.
Upminster Tithe Barn. A 15th century tithe barn, crammed with household memorabilia dating from Roman times to the present day.
Waterloo Classics. A fine array of classic cars at a meet-up behind Waterloo station. On the third Saturday of every month.
Our full list of 500 free things to do in london, including the great national museums, is organised into twelve categories: Entertainment, Events, Factories, Government, Green Spaces, Markets, Memorials, Museums, Notable Buildings, Places, Talks, and Walks.
The Trooping of the Colour on Horse Guards Parade, and free open air opera and west end musicals in Trafalgar Square. Music at the bandstand in Regent’s Park. The Crystal Palace arts and music festival, the Marylebone Festival, and degree shows at Kingston University and the Royal College of Art.
July brings a host of free summer activities. The Greenwich & Docklands festival of street performance (above); the Royal Society summer science exhibition; Frieze Sculpture and bandstand concerts in Regent’s Park; opera in Trafalgar Square; and Regent Street handed over to pedestrians every Sunday in July.
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