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Seven Free Things to Do in London

Being Scottish, I’m always on the lookout for free things to do when I visit London. Here are my travel tips for seven free things to do in London.

Watch a Free Show at Covent Garden

There were two guys pedaling unicycles with a young member of the audience throwing skittles for them to catch, when I was at Convent Garden. The best place to view the show is from the first floor terrace of the Punch and Judy pub. However only over 18s are allowed out onto the terrace.

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Free entertainment at London’s Convent Garden

Be Dazzled by Colour at Neal’s Yard

I’d repinned photos of Neal’s Yard on to my London board on Pinterest. I happened to notice Neal St as I was heading north from Convent Garden. I assumed that they Yard would be close by. Sure enough, Neal’s Yard was up an alleyway.  It was late afternoon on a cold March weekday, with very few people around, so I had one of the circular benches in the courtyard to myself.

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Neal’s Yard

Admire the Works at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square was founded in 1856. The emphasis has always been on the person featured in the portrait, rather than the artistic merit of the piece.

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National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square

Tea Tasting at Twining’s

You can get a free cuppa at the Twining’s Tea Room at 216 The Strand, directly opposite the Royal Courts of Justice. The closest Tube station in Temple. There’s history of the Twining’s Tea, from the time Thomas Twining bought the Tea Room in 1706 to the present day.

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Tea tasting tables at Twining’s Tea Room in the Strand

Learn About Money at the Bank of England Museum

I spent three nights at Travelodge London Bank, which is a three miunute walk from the Bank of England Museum. As I’m also a personal finance blogger, the history of the Bank of England and the national currency was very interesting to me. Unfortunately, you’re not allowed to take photos in the museum.

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Bank of England Museum

Do Some Dragon Spotting in the City

The Dragon boundary marks sculptures guard the entrance to the City of London. The one in the photo below is on Victoria Embankment on the Thames Path.

Dragon boundary mark on Victoria Embankment London

Dragon boundary mark in Victoria Embankment

Learn about Medicine & the Human Body at the Wellcome Collection

I’ve been meaning to visit the Wellcome Collection, near Euston Station, since I read about it the article on London’s Quirky Collections with Free Entry.  I decided to visit on a Thursday evening, as the venue is open until 22.00, so I could do other things in the daylight.

Female body model at Wellcome Collection London

Transparent model of female body

Accommodation in London

There’s no denying that it can be expensive to find decent accommodation in London.Although it’s tempting to save money by going for a cheap hotel, I wouldn’t advise this tactic. I had an unpleasant stay at the County Hotel in Woburn Place, where a single room with a shared bathroom cost £50 a night. I think it’s better to spend more money to get a reasonable standard of accommodation.