Top 5 Free London Attractions
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1. Hyde Park
With a total of 350 acres, over 4,000 trees, ornamental flower gardens, a meadow and a lake, London’s Hyde Park is one of the most beautiful city parks in the world. It offers something for everyone, big and small, including, but not limited to swimming, cycling, skating (from November to January) and boating. In addition, it features tennis courts, pitches for team games, tracks for horseback riding and a children’s playground. The Diana Memorial Fountain is situated here, as well as the Joy of Live fountain and The Serpentine Bridge. There are five London Underground stations in the proximity of the royal park.
2. Kensington Palace
Set in Kensington Gardens, Kensington Palace is one of the places of residence of the British Royal Family, and has been since the 17th century. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent and the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester all have their official London residence here. The public has access to the State Rooms, free of charge, courtesy of the nonprofit charity Historic Royal Palaces, who manages the Rooms.
3. Tate Modern Museum
The most-visited modern art gallery in the world, Tate Modern is Britain’s national gallery of international modern art and it attracts around 4.7 million visitors per year. The gallery features British art from 1900 until present, as well as international modern and contemporary art. The building has seven floors, and the main collection is said to occupy about two complete floors. It is divided into four different wings, and within each of them, there are periodically-changing exhibitions that are relevant to the overall theme of the wing. The works of famous artists like Picasso, Matisse, Pollock, Cézanne, Dalí, Warhol or Bonnard can be admired at the Tate Modern, free of charge.
4. Abbey Road
Iconic Beatles imagery, Abbey Road is the famous road that Lennon, Starr, McCartney and Harrison are crossing on the cover of the eleventh Beatles album. The picture was taken outside the recording studio in Abbey Road and has become one of the most imitated images in history. The zebra crossing is a popular destination for thousands of fans, most of whom try to recreate the image. The crossing, as well as the recording studio has been given special status for cultural and historical importance. Among the most famous imitations, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ album “The Abbey Road EP” features the band on a zebra crossing, but almost naked.
5. Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is situated in the City of Westminster in the area that was formerly Charing Cross. Popular public area and tourist attraction, the Square got its name from the Battle of Trafalgar of 1805, where the British were victorious over the France and Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. Trafalgar Square is often used for celebrations, events and ceremonies, such as New Year’s events and the yearly Christmas ceremony, but sometimes political demonstrations also take place here.