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Plan a great day out in the City where you won't need to spend a thing!

You don’t have to have a big purse or an endless wallet to enjoy all the best things the City has to offer. Lots of City attractions are free to enter and are full of history, culture and most of all – fun. So learn a little more about the most historic part of London.

Morning

See a bridge lift at Tower Bridge. You can check the website in advance for bridge lift times to make sure you get to see this iconic London landmark in action.

Head north to the City’s financial centre to gaze up at the City’s famous modern architecture London is known for. Walk past 20 Fenchurch Street (the “Walkie Talkie”), the Leadenhall Building (the “Cheese-grater”), 30 St Mary Axe (the “Gherkin”), Tower 42 and the Heron Tower. While taking in the architecture you will also see Sculpture in the City, a collection of on-street public art by world-famous international artists such as Tracey Emin.

Before lunch pop into the Bank of England Museum, a fascinating child-friendly telling the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank. You can also hold a real gold bar.

Lunch

Bring a packed lunch and picnic in one of the many beautiful City gardens. Our favourites are St Dunstan-in-the-East, Cleary Garden, Postman’s Park and the gardens around St Paul’s Cathedral.

Afternoon

Admire the City of London’s collection of seventeenth century portraits, Pre-Raphaelite masterpieces and range of paintings documenting London's dramatic history at the Guildhall Art Gallery. Beneath the gallery is London’s Roman Amphitheatre, where crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats.

Finish your day finding out more about the history of the City and Greater London from prehistoric times to the present day at the Museum of London. See sections of the old Roman City Wall on your walk there along Noble Street.

Top tips and other FREE things to see and do in the City: 

Explore the City by foot with one of our themed self-guided walks available to download from the website, via the City Visitor Trail app or pick up a leaflet from the City Information Centre. The City hosts a number of outdoor programmes every year with lots of free events. See the what’s on page for the latest City events. 

Churches across the City host free lunchtime concerts and events. For more information ask the staff at the City Information Centre.   

See what’s on at the Barbican Art Gallery. The Curve usually hosts free exhibitions by leading international artists.

Get a rare and unique opportunity to see inside some of the City’s famous buildings at Open House London Weekend in September. 

Need ideas? Visit the City Information Centre for help planning your perfect day in the City of London and beyond.

Published:
26 November 2013
Last Modified:
05 December 2018

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