Published on March 2, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero0
London for anyone – free attractions
London has never been a particularly cheap, but this has never kept more than 25 million tourists from visiting the city every year. However, for those who want to spend a very low cost holiday in the British capital … here’s a list of useful suggestions.
-The Speakers’ Corner in Cumberland Gate Park Lane – in the north-east of Hyde Park – is always a great spectacle. Anyone can improvise speeches, shout ideas, make political statements – even subversive.
– The Primose Hill Park, north of Regent’s Park, offers a spectacular view over the city. Among other things, here we are in Camden Town, an area in London with trendy shops and clubs.
– An alternative market, even compared to the most famous, is the Backyard Market on Saturdays and Sundays, where young designers display their works, which often inspire the fashion of the future.
– Not to be missed is also the Christie’s International Auction House, the most famous auction house in Europe: a couple of hours to enjoy the sale show with its bids up.
– For lovers of luxury (only to be watched) the goals are definitely Bond Street‘s designer showrooms, Knightsbridge – for pricey shopping as well and the residential districts of Mayfair and Belgravia, where even in the air we breathe the scent of money and success.
– Of course, free is the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace at 11am (not every morning: check the dates on the web site). Another daily occurrence, very impressive and traditional, is the closing of the Tower of London by the Chief Guardian. But you must book. The same Tower is open for free tours during the day.
– The entrance to the British Museum, one of the oldest and richest museums in the world (more than one hundred galleries and over 50 000 displayed objects); the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, which houses works by Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, Caravaggio, Leonardo da Vinci, Rubens, Van Gogh, Goya, Rembrandt, etc.; the Victoria and Albert Museum, which presents more than 3000 years of history and more than one million photos … All this is completely free.
– The visit to Westminster Abbey where, in addition to the tombs of kings, there are those of Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Charles Dickens, Adam Fox, etc., is free.
– There are other museums in London with free admission: the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Imperial War Museum, the Museum of London, Tate Modern and Tate Britain
– Also a visit to Portobello Market, in Portobello Road – Notting Hill, is … free. And the purchase of items, in many cases, can be really cheap.
– It is worth visiting also Queen Mary’s Rose Garden in Regent’s Park, where you will dive in colors and scents.
– If you may have to pay for a ride on the London Eye, a walk on the longest escalator in Europe is completely free. It is located in Angel tube station, it is 60 meters long and climbs more than 27 meters.
– If by chance you are in London in September, the highlight of the month is ‘The Open House Weekend‘ when many buildings and places usually closed, open to the public instead, such as the City Hall, the British Telecom Tower, the headquarters of the Bank of United Kingdom, etc..
– Hairdressers in London often look for models on which to experiment with new cuts: it’s free.
Photo by TJ Morris