Visit London: Best Free Tourist Attractions

By , May 15th, 2013

London, one of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural cities, is the first stop on the 80-day trivago WorldTrip.  With the abundance of famous and iconic attractions, museums, arts, entertainment, shopping and nightlife options that London has to offer, this city is often described as a world cultural capital.  We at trivago are especially excited to kick off the series of blogs featuring the ten WorldTrip cities  with London.  In this bustling city, travelers have no shortage of photo opportunities and things to do and see.

Some of London’s best top attractions are free of charge and easily accessible by the public.

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Here are some of our favorite free things to do:

  • View the iconic London landmarks from afar.  Hey, it’s free to look at The Shard, Big Ben, the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament and St. Paul’s Cathedral from the outside.  You can view many attractions while walking along London’s River Thames.
  • Stroll in the legendary Hyde Park.  It is rumored that Kate Middleton walks her dog here.  Though London is one of the busiest cities in the world, it is also home to an abundance of beautiful parks and gardens.  
  • Visit the many free museums.  British Museum, National History Museum, National Gallery, and Science Museum are just a few that we like.  
  • Watch the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.  No visit to London is complete without seeing this tradition.
  • Window shopping costs nothing even at the high-end department stores such as Selfridges and Harrods. Can’t afford anything here?  No worries, we can’t either.  Just stop by one of London’s popular street markets, such as Camden Market and Portobello Market.
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Find a list of other free London attractions here.

There are also four World Heritage Sites listed by UNESCO in London.  As they have been recognized for being of special cultural or physical significance, they are certainly worth the trip.

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Thankfully, London is well-known for its extensive public transport.  For travelers staying in London for several days (our trivago WorldTrip travelers will be in London for a week), it may be wise to get a Visitor Oyster Card, a plastic smartcard that works on the bus, Tube, tram, and other public transport in London.  Don’t forget to “Mind the Gap”!

Staying in a central location close to the main attractions and public transportation is important for a city this size.  The trivago WorldTrip winners will be staying at a beautiful bed and breakfast located in the center of London, Georgian House.

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The Georgian House was built in 1851, and it is still run by the original family, which means guests experience a coziness and warmth that cannot be found in larger hotel chains.  The location is excellent for tourists, as it is situated close to close to Victoria Station as well as main attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and the famous shopping streets Kings Road, Oxford Street, Knightsbridge and Harrods.  

The rooms at The Georgian House are all stylishly decorated, and there are a wide variety of room types ranging from boutique-style rooms to luxurious apartments.

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After a good night’s sleep, the WorldTrip travelers can enjoy a delicious, complimentary English breakfast in the breakfast room.

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To book a room at this beautiful bed and breakfast, click here.

London is calling!  Enter the trivagoWorldTrip for your chance to visit this vibrant city!