Top Free Things to do in North London

While staying at Clayton Crown Hotel, you’ll be perfectly located  to explore London with convenient transport links including to many tourist activities in London, some of which you can visit and sight see for free!

In this post, we’ve highlighted some of the great sights and activities you can explore for free during your London city break.

National Gallery located at Trafalgar Square, London

Your London city break is not complete without visiting the National Gallery. The National Gallery is located in central London and it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 190.

Entry into the Gallery is free so you can feast on British arts and painting and explore breathtaking European famous images by ancient authors such as Van Gogh, Da Vinci, and many others.

The Gallery is open daily from 10 am–6 pm and is open on Fridays until 9 pm.

Visit The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum of London is one of the most important museums in London. Visit this Victorian-styled Museum, suitable for families with kids, elderly couples and girly squads looking to be captivated with the wonder of history.

Housed in beautiful Victorian architecture and romantic atmosphere, it houses an immense collection dedicated to the fascinating natural world and its sciences. Giant dinosaur skeletons, unique specimens of flora, fauna, rocks, and fossils; beautifully decorated and organized rooms. All this makes the Natural History Museum a jewel of the British capital.

At the moment there are plenty of Health & Safety precautions in place making it safe visit on a day out in London. Admission is free except for some specific events, activities, or exhibitions.

St James Park

St James Park
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This 23-hectare (57-acre) park is located in central London between the splendid Buckingham Palace and the beautiful Westminster Abbey. The well-known St. James’s Park was a former royal hunting ground. It is the oldest Park in London and one of the most beloved.

St. James’s Park provides some serenity with spacious lawns, lovely trees, a beautiful small lake, aquatic birds, and many colorful flower beds.

Victoria and Alberta Museum

Victoria and Alberta Museum
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The Victoria and Albert Museum is a large institution that houses one of the most extensive decorative and applied arts collections globally.

It is a fascinating place to get lost, full of innovations and with a spectacular display of mixed but well-organized objects. The museum’s collections span over 5,000 years of human creativity in virtually every medium, housed in one of the finest groups of Victorian and modern buildings in Britain.

Entrance to the museum is free, only some particular events or exhibitions are paid for. Visitors are expected to book a free timed-entry ticket that can be found here.

There are also free activities for family visits and tailored towards the little ones.

Due to the  COVID-19, there are some rules put in place at the museum such as social distancing, wearing of face mask, hand sanitisation at the entrance all to ensure visitors’ overall well being.

Kensington Gardens

Kensington Gardens is among the Royal Parks of London and was once the private gardens of Kensington Palace.

Covering an area of 107 hectares, the  Gardens offers a mix of old and new park pastimes and green space, and is  shared by the City of Westminster and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

Kensington Gardens overlooks Hyde Park and stretches into the Long Water Lake which turns into the Serpentine midway through, and is such a delight to watch. Entry to the garden is free.

Hyde Park

Hyde park London
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Hyde Park was established by Henry VIII in 1536 and is the largest of the four Royal Parks in central London. Covering 142 hectares (350 acres) with over 4,000 trees, a large lake, a meadow, and ornamental flower gardens,  Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world making it an excellent place to explore.

Here, you can relax and admire nature’s finest, the sun-kissed lake, the golden rays of the sun, the humming of the birds, and the beautiful serenity of the Park.

Entrance to the park is free and the park is open every day from 05:00-00:00 hours, you can visit the winter wonderland amusement park installed inside Hyde Park, enjoy a coffee in one of the bars at the Park, or just have a picnic with your friends and family. Overall the park is a great place to hang out, connect with nature, people watch and get some outdoor exercise.

Visit the Queen Mary Rose Garden

Visit the Queen Mary Rose Garden
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The world-famous Queen Mary’s Rose Garden was named after the wife of King George V and located within Regent’s Park. The rose garden is London’s largest collection of roses with approximately 12,000 roses planted within the gardens.

Generally a very quiet area, with several special features like the mini waterfall, the pergola rose garden, the fountain, cafe, and amphitheater. Queen Mary’s Garden is open every day all through the year from dawn to dusk.

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