From museums to street fairs, the wonderful thing about London is that it always has something happening, and you never really have the excuse to say you’re bored.
However, the excuse that is very valid is that you’re broke, because unfortunately, this luxury of ‘on demand’ entertainment comes at a price; and its a high one.
If like most, you are feeling the tight grip of the January after the indulgence and extravagance of the festive break, and dont want to spend the weekend trapped at home bored, here are some free and interesting things you can do instead.
1. See the remains of London’s Roman amphitheatre in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery.
2. Look up at the architecture on Regent Street. Its Grade II listed facades, originating from the designs of famed architect John Nash, are considered some of the most distinguished architecture in London – did you know it was in fact the world’s first shopping street?
3. Marvel at everything from silver armchairs to champagne swizzle sticks at London Silver Vaults.
4. Check out the mysterious London Stone at 111 Cannon Street. Legend says the stone was part of an altar in a temple built by Brutus of Troy.
5. Take a tour of the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir Temple. The traditional Hindu temple was built using Bulgarian limestone and Italian Carrara marble. Stones were shipped to India where they were hand-carved and then shipped to London to be assembled like a giant jigsaw puzzle. The tour includes lunch at the vegetarian restaurant and transport to and from central London.
6. Visit Southwark Cathedral (main picture), the oldest cathedral church building in London.
7. View the London Wall, the remnant of the Roman wall which was built in AD 200 and once formed part of the eastern defences of Roman Londinium.
8. See what London’s streets looked like in days gone by with Museum of London’s app “Streetmuseum”.
9. Marvel at how living rooms in England have changed since 1600 at the Geffrye Museum.
10. Enjoy a bit of marina life and explore the waterside community of St. Katharine Dock. Since the 10th century the area has been famed for its focus on commerce and human endeavour and if that doesn’t interest you there is always the opportunity to admire the luxury yachts.