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Discover London: The City’s Top 10 Free Attractions

As a student at one of London’s universities, you have a wealth of sights and experiences right on your door step. The opportunities for sightseeing, shopping, visiting museums and galleries or attending events and festivals are endless.

You might be surprised how much there is to do in London that’s free of charge – and these free activities are a great way to start exploring the city.  Here are the top 10 free attractions in London to get you started:

  1. British Museum

The British Museum is one of the greatest museums in the world. It is dedicated to human history, art and culture. The museum is located in the Bloomsbury area of London, very close to numerous universities including University College London, Birkbeck, University of London, SOAS, University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and University of the Arts London.

  1. National Gallery

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world with over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.

The Gallery is easy to reach from all London universities, and is walking distance from King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of the Arts London and University of Westminster.

  1. Tate Modern

Your stay in London isn’t complete without a trip to Tate Modern, Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art. You can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.

Tate Modern is located on the South Bank, within walking distance of King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science and London South Bank University.

  1. Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is stunning from the outside and packed full of natural wonders on the inside, including the new gigantic blue whale skeleton named ‘Hope’. The museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events all year round.

The Natural History Museum is located in South Kensington, close to Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

  1. Southbank Centre

The Southbank Centre, on the South Bank of the Thames, is a world-famous arts centre popular with students due to its wide range of cultural events and central location. You can experience music, dance, art and performance events and take part in many free activities.

The location is ideal for students at any London university. If you are studying at King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science or London South Bank University, you can easily walk to the South Bank Centre in between or after lectures.

  1. Somerset House

In the Summer, Somerset House, on the north bank of the River Thames, features a courtyard with 55 fountains. In the winter, the courtyard is home to a magnificent ice rink. Somerset House also hosts open-air concerts and films, contemporary art and design exhibitions, and free guided tours of spaces usually hidden to visitors.

One wing of the Somerset House complex is occupied by King’s College London, and the London School of Economics and Political Science is just across the road.

  1. Science Museum

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe and includes world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

The Science Museum is located in South Kensington, close to Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

  1. Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world’s leading museum of art and design, housing a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, fashion, textiles, photography, painting, theatre and performance and much more.

The V&A is located in South Kensington, close to Imperial College London and the Royal College of Art.

  1. Royal Museum Greenwich

Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the iconic Cutty Sark sailing ship, the National Maritime Museum and the Queen’s House art gallery. All attractions are located within easy walking distance of each other within a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Students at the University of Greenwich and at Ravensbourne have this gem on their door steps.

  1. National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery houses the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. Visit the Gallery to come face-to-face with the people who have shaped British history, from kings and queens to musicians and film stars.

The Gallery is easy to reach from all London universities, and is walking distance from King’s College London, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of the Arts London and University of Westminster.

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