Five Free Things To Do In London

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

To many it seems as though the bigger the city, the more expensive it is to live there. Rumor has it that cities such as Tokyo, New York City and London are just too expensive to live in. Even as a Toronto-dweller, I always get asked how I can afford to live there. So, how is it that millions of people can afford to live in the world’s megacities? I guess the people look for things to do that are free.

I was excited to read Budget Travel’s “5 Free Things To Do In London” because it is the epitome of an expensive city, unless you know where to go. Alex Robinson compiled a list of events, venues, or ideas of where to experience music and art without coughing up the bucks, or quid.

Enjoy free music at a giant pub in South London, be taken in by two million years of civilization at the British Museum, or be engaged by public figures such as Kofi Annan at the Royal Society of Arts (RSA). Whatever you choose, it will be worth every pence, even if you didn’t spend any. As an additional bonus, Robinson suggested the places because they are indoors, safe from London’s typically damp, bone-chilling winters.

Some of the venues are hosting some interesting spectacles in the near future. At the RSA, there will be a screening of “Slumdog Millionaire” followed by a discussion with the Executive Producer, Brian Woods, and the Producer/Director, Nick Read. At the BBC, they have a comedy series all lined up.

I think city-dwellers worldwide should compile a list of free things to do for thrifty travelers, unemployed sojourners and especially for their very own penny-saving urbanites.

By Brit Weaver


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Toronto born and based, Brit is an avid leisure cyclist, coffee drinker and under-a-tree park-ist. She often finds herself meandering foreign cities looking for street eats to nibble, trees to climb, a patch of grass to sit on, or a small bookstore to sift through. You can find her musing life on her personal blog,

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