5 Free "Can't-Miss" Experiences in London!

5 Free "Can't-Miss" Experiences in London!

1) Walk Across Tower Bridge

The Tower Bridge crosses the River Thames close to the Tower of London and has become an iconic symbol of London; for good reason.  

The bridge consists of two large towers tied together at the upper level by two horizontal walkways. There is an exhibition which allows you to visit the towers and the upper walkways. 

There is a pedestrian walk on either side of the road that can be explored free of charge. It is a peaceful walk across the bridge and back at night. The view of the bridge is stunningly beautiful from afar or up close on the walk.

Picture opportunities abound. The bridge is lit up at night making for an even more memorable sight.

 

2) Walk the Hungerford and Golden Jubilee Bridges

These footbridges have elegant networks of pylons that rise to the sky in an artistic way.

They span the River Thames between Charing Cross and the Southbank where the London Eye is located. The views are stunning, particularly at night.

The view of Big Ben and The London Eye is worth making the walk to see.

 

3) Walking the Strand

Strand, often called "The Strand" is a major thoroughfare through the city of Westminster in central London.

It is just over 3/4 mile in length and technically begins at Trafalgar Square and continues into Fleet Street (marking the boundary with the City of London). I would suggest you begin your walk to the west of Trafalgar Square at the stunning building complex of Big Ben and the Parliament Building.

Start your walk at Big Ben and the Parliament Building, past Trafalgar Square and on past shops, restaurants, playhouses, and end at Twinings of London.

 

4) Twinings of London

Visit the 300 year old original building for Twinings Tea.

Opened in 1706 by Thomas Twinings, the remodeled buildings houses teas from all over the world. Upon entry, many of their over 200 tea varieties line the walls.

In the back of the store is a tasting area where you can sample 4 types of tea.

 

5) Literary Informal Tour

Within a few city blocks are many literary notables such as:

The Sherlock Holmes Pub is home to the place Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote “The Hounds of Baskerville” and other tales.

The Sherlock Holmes pub was known as the Northumberland Hotel around 1900. It is mentioned in the “Hounds of the Baskervilles” and is thought to be where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle penned the novel.

Also in this area address of Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchet’s office (From Dickens’ a Christmas Carol) in London which is now known as The Counting House. 

The alley where Charles Dickens worked is just around the corner from the location of Scrooge’s office (The Counting House).

Rudyard Kipling, author of The Jungle Book, also lived in this area while in London.

Within blocks of these other locations is the house in which J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, penned his famous novel.

 

There is much to see and do in London.

Many attractions such as museums are free, but many things have an entrance fee. We decided to walk to many places.  In doing so, we felt we got a very good view of many memorable sights.