Landmarks in London

Travelling on a budget but still want to see the sights of London. Some of London's most popular landmarks and things to do are actually free. Watch 'Changing the Guard' at Buckingham Palace, walk along the River Thames, take a photo as you walk across the Abbey Road crossing made famous by the Beatles, see an original Tardis Police Box, visit Harrods or watch a criminal court case in the old Bailey.

If you have any comments about the landmarks listed below, please contact What's Free in London and let us know.

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This is an image of Tower Bridge in London

The Lifting of Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge is a combined bascule and suspension bridge. The lifting of Tower Bridge has become a must see event for visitors to London. See the impressive hydraulics in action as the bridge opens for large ships.

The Tower Bridge consists of two towers which are tied together at the upper level by means of two horizontal walkways which are designed to withstand the horizontal forces exerted by the suspended sections of the bridge on the landward sides of the towers.

Cost: £0

Location: Tower Bridge Road, London, SE1 2UP »

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This is an image of The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in London

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

Enjoy hours of beauty, peace and discovery at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir - a masterpiece of exquisite Indian design and workmanship in the heart of London.

Marvel at the intricate marble and wooden carvings, experience a traditional Hindu prayer ceremony, or learn about the world's oldest living faith from the 'Understanding Hinduism' exhibition.

Opening times: (Allow at least 2 hours for a complete tour).

Cost: £0

Location: 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, London NW10 8LD »

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This is an image of Central Hall Westminster Tour in London

City Hall

City Hall is home to the Mayor of London, the London Assembly and the 600 or so permanent staff who work for the GLA.

City Hall is part of the More London development located between London Bridge and Tower Bridge, on the south bank of the Thames.

City Hall hosts regular exhibitions, usually on topics relating to London or that have been created by Londoners. All exhibitions are free and open to everyone to see.

City Hall was designed by Foster + Partners, one of Britain's leading architects, whose design brief was to create a building for the GLA that would become a new landmark for the capital.

Opening times: and

Cost: £0

Location: Greater London Authority, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2AA »

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This is an image of The Ceremony of the Keys in London

The Ceremony of the Keys

The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London and has taken place on each and every night, without fail, for at least 700 years.

The importance of securing this fortress for the night is still very relevant because, although the Monarch no longer resides at this royal palace, the Crown Jewels and many other valuables still do!Tickets are issued free of charge but, due to the popularity of the ceremony, it is necessary to apply in post at least two months in advance. Details can be found on their website.

Cost: £0

Location: Tower of London, London »

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