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Free Family Days Out in London

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Are you currently struggling financially and live within the London area? Don’t be discouraged from taking a stress busting free family day out. There are still fun things to see and do in our capital city without breaking the bank.

The Tower of London and the Ceremony of the Keys

Every evening for the last 700 years an ancient ceremony is performed here between 21.30 and 22.00. The Chief Yeoman Warder will arrive dressed in a long red tunic and Tudor bonnet with a candle. He locks the main gate and then gives the keys to the Resident Governor of the Tower. There is no charge for admission, but you must send a written application to view the event at least two months in advance.

Museums and Galleries in London

If you haven’t been to the British Museum then this is a must to see. Admission is free and surprisingly most people don’t realise it. It is situated in Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG not far from Tottenham Court Road and Holborn train stations.

The world famous museum houses many treasures and artefacts that are on exhibit from the ancient world including the Mummy of Hornedjitef, the Rock Crystal Skull, the Apotropaic Wand and the well renowned Rosetta Stone.

The Natural History Museum in Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD also has free entrance, but they may charge for some exhibitions. The museum boasts a brilliant dinosaur display and fossil collection.

This year as they have in previous years, they have set up an ice rink within the grounds with a real Christmassy atmosphere. You can go online to check their prices for that if interested.

The Science Museum based in Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD is a venue that brings back some great and vivid nostalgic memories for me. I visited here as a small boy and is a personal favourite even though science was not a subject I particularly excelled at in school! This venue makes the topic great fun and very interesting for all ages.

Free admission, but there are a couple of sections including 3D and 4D cinema presentations that do carry an entrance fee.

The National Portrait Gallery in St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE is in between Covent Garden and Charing Cross train stations. It is situated on one of the sides of Trafalgar Square. The inside is sectioned into modern and Tudor periods of art and they usually have other exhibitions which you will generally need to pay an entrance fee for. This is probably something more for adults rather than children, but everyone’s tastes are individual!

The Tate Modern is in Bankside, London SE1 9TG and the Tate Britain is in Millbank, London SW1P 4RG. They are London’s national art galleries and admission for either is free.

In the Modern you can view works by the great Picasso and Matisse amongst others, whilst you can explore 500 years of British Art at the Britain.

Changing of the Guard

To observe this world famous traditional ceremony, you can stand right outside Buckingham Palace alongside St James’s Park (where you can also take a beautiful walk). The Changing of the Guard is pure over the top showmanship, but fun to see. Check their website to see the scheduled  times for this experience.


Whilst in the area there are plenty of famous London landmarks to visit all within walking distance, including Trafalgar Square, Number 10 Downing Street (where the prime minister resides), Big Ben (the famous clock tower) and even walk along the Thames.

The Houses of Parliament is right next to Big Ben. There are regular guided tours of the UK Parliament that you will be charged for. However, there is a way of paying nothing if you arrange a tour through your MP free of charge. Trained guides will accompany you, but you do need to book these tours quite a few months in advance because they are popular.

About the author

David Griffin David Griffin trained as a graphic designer and now helps PaydayLoan123 with social media. He is a born and bred Londoner who has recently moved out of the capital and is probably missing it a little too much. He enjoys fishing, playing golf and working out at the gym, when he feels energetic enough!

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