5 Ways To Escape The London Olympics For FREE…

As much as an event like the Olympics is sure to bring many good things to London this year, I know I can speak for a lot of people in the UK when I say we’re already a bit fed up of the coverage. I do like to watch the Olympics every 4 years when it comes around, but it’s more the odd bit of athletics I watch. I’m not an avid fan. Sometimes you switch on the tv while it’s on and wish there was something else to watch or hear about. I guess a lot of people feel like that about Euro 2012 right now. As a football fan I love having sometimes 3 hours of football to watch each day, but I’m sure those people who don’t love football are wishing their tv schedule would get back to normal! If you’re in London during the Olympics you don’t even have the option of switching the telly off! So… if you’re in London during July and August and looking for a little escape from Olympic fever then the following are some things you can do in London to escape the London Olympics without spending a penny!

Join a free art tour at the National Gallery

If sport is not your thing, then maybe art is? You can join a free art tour at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm. There is also a free tour at 7pm on Fridays. Led by a gallery expert, these tours give visitors a detailed introduction to a selection of the 2000+ paintings on display at the National Gallery. You can escape the Olympics with a bit of culture…

See the future of London built to scale

New London Architecture, Bloomsbury, is a discussion venue that considers the architectural development of London. In its free to enter public gallery is the Pipers Central London Model, a 12 meter, 1:1500 scale model of central London. It incorporates buildings set to be developed in the future.

Go to an ‘Absolutely Free Comdey Night’

The ‘Absolutely Free Comedy Night’ takes place every Monday and Thursday night at Blue Posts, 28 Rupert Street, London, W1D 6DJ. You’ll get brand new comedic talent here as well as circuit headliners. Occasionally you may even see a big TV name. All in an intimate room that won’t cost you a penny.

Tour London’s Free Museums

London has some of the best museums in the world to see. Whether you’re here for the Olympics or not, you’ll probably want to go check some out. Some of the free museums include; The British Museum, Imperial War Museum, Museum of London, Royal Air Force Museum, National Maritime Museum, Bank of England Museum, and Museum of London Docklands. This list only scratches the surface of what museums there are in London who are either completely free all year round or have regular free entry days. You could easily spend a whole week exploring the free museums of London!

Experience a city known for it’s parks

The UK is not a country known for its fantastic beaches. The coastline that we do have, although it may be beautiful in places, the weather is not usually the best for bikini’s and swim wear even when it is summertime. Instead, we head to the park! London is a prime example of this park style culture, and on a sunny day you’ll find plenty of people out having a picnic, sunbathing, playing football, jogging, walking dogs etc out in London’s parks. If you just want to sit back and people watch without a care in the world, AND not spend any money then the following are some of London’s major parks that you can try; Hyde Park, Kensginton Gardens, Hapstead Heath, Regents Park, Greenwhich Park, Green Park, Holland Park, Clapham Common, Richmond Park… The list goes on…

Many people will be decending upon London this summer purely for the London Olympics, but lets not forget how fantastic London can be for visitors, the sheer variety of things you can do, many of which you can do for free. The best thing about London during this time is that even when Olympic fever gets too much for you, you’ll never be short of things to do. Especially thing

One Response to “5 Ways To Escape The London Olympics For FREE…”

  1. Emma says:

    Great suggestions!

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