5 Free things to do in London you (probably) didn’t know about
After 5 years living in London, for many of which I was a broke student, I came to find that it really is one of the best places for free things to do. Here are a few of my favourites and lesser-known of the city’s freebies …
1.Free Events at The Scoop
Where else do you get live theatre, music and movies in the open-air as well as views of Tower Bridge and the City of London? The modern stone amphitheatre outside City Hall is the perfect place to spend an evening thanks to More London who put on regular free entertainment throughout the summer months.
2. TV show recordings
Some of the UK’s biggest tv shows are filmed at studios in London and they are always in need of a live audience. You can see what goes on behind the scenes of shows like The Graham Norton Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and Live at the Apollo and get a whole evening’s entertainment for nothing. Check out SROAudiences and the BBC website for tickets.
3. The Royal Courts of Justice
Like a fairytale castle the Royal Courts of Justice are impressive enough from the exterior but what a lot of people don’t know is that you can go inside and entry is free. The inside is even more awe-inspiring than the outside with traditional court rooms and huge cavernous cathedral-like chambers. You are even welcome to sit in on court sessions that are in progress.
4. London Amphitheatre
Hidden below the bustling finance district is a long forgotten part of London’s Roman past. In the basement of the Guild Hall you can find the remains of a Roman Amphitheatre that once stood on the site. There is also a lovely art gallery in the Guild Hall itself that you can check out while you are there.
5. Free lectures
From Medieval music and Galactic Archaeology at Gresham College to Postcapitalism at LSE and Immunology at King’s College London there is plenty to choose from when it comes to free lectures in the capital. Birkbeck University runs evening classes and UCL and the British Museum both offer lunchtime talks to fit tidily into your work day.