Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Visiting London for Free

It is needless to say that London can be quite expensive but what few people are aware of is the fact that there are a lot of great neighborhoods, attractions, markets and museums that you can visit without having to pay a cent/penny/Euro/Dollar/Pound. If you are on a budget and you do not have much to spend in London, here is what we recommend you to visit!

First on the list needs to be the British Museum, located in Bloomsbury district. You can see a lot of statues, artifacts, textiles and a whole lot more from various places in the British Empire. Then you can also go to the Portobello Road Market, which is actually the largest market of antiques in the world. Every single Saturday near Portobello Road in the Kensington and Chelsea neighborhoods. Enjoy a great stroll here and take a look at stuff you will probably never see again in your entire life!

We all heard of Hyde Park! How about visiting it while in London on your trip? It is located in the west side of the city and you will see it opened daily from 5 AM till midnight. We are talking about 350 acres that are filled with a lot of tourist attractions including a statue of Peter Pan, a memorial for Princess Diana, speaker's corner, a memorial and a whole lot more.

One sight that is sometimes avoided and should be included is Westminster Abbey. This is where the majority of queens and kings were crowned. In order to tour the facility you have to pay a charge but services at the active church can be attended for free. Every single day will show several such services. We recommend the lyrical evensong because it also features the Abbey choir. Then, how about visiting the National Portrait Gallery? It is right near Trafalgar Square and is quite less known as compared with most of the other museums in London. This basically means that you will find less people there and it actually offers a great view on Britain's history. All England monarchs are painted in rooms of portraits together with composers, architects, criminals, writers, painters and a whole lot more. It is also free to visit!