"The Best Things In Life Are Free".
Day 6 of the Ultra Blog Challenge
Listening to the lyrics of this song by Luther Vandross & Janet Jackson - "The Best Things In Life Are Free".
I decided to look for places in and around London where I used to take my children when I lived in London for free during the holidays. Just walking by the Buckingham Papalce. Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square are a good start if you are in a mood for sight seeing.
The Time Out magazine lists 101 things you can enjoy in London for free. My suggestion would be to browse through the list and pick out your choice depending on the age and interest of your children
Here are some of the places I found my children enjoyed going to:
The following Museums don't charge any admission fees:
The British Museum is one of the oldest Museums and houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors. Check out http://www.britishmuseum.org for more information.
The Imperial War Museum's brand new First World War Galleries examine the politics and legacy of the 1914-1918 conflict, but also day-to-day life in the trenches. In photographs, artefacts like tins of food, and a collection of letters (many from fighters who never came back), the museum tells a powerful and moving story. Checkout http://www.iwm.org.uk for more information.
The Natural History Museum allows one to appreaciate dimosaurs. Check out http://www.nhm.ac.uk for more information
The following Parks are also free to enter:
Amazingly there are a lot of beautiful parks within walking distance of Central London and a visit to any of them is a treat no matter what the weather. They are all well maintained and have a look selection of plants, birds and other wildlife to enjoy.
Hyde Park covers 350 acres big and includes the Serpentine Lake, Speakers' Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. The park also has open water swimming, boating, cycling, tennis and horse riding. Checkout https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/hyde-park for more information
At. James's Park
The park includes The Mall and Horse Guards Parade and often the place all the spectacular pageants start from. Checkout https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/st-jamess-park for more information
The Regent's Park, covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which has more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties. Checkout https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/the-regents-park for more information.
Green Park cover 40 acres of trees and grass next to Buckingham Palace.
Sky Gardens ( at the Walkie Talkie Building):
My favourite suggestion at the moment is to and visit the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street. The Sky Garden is the highest garden in central London which span over three floors and offer views across the City of London. As you get off the Express lifts you arrive at a beautiful landscaped garden with a viewing area, terrace, café, bar and restaurant. Entry to the Sky Gardens is free but you need to go online and book the date and time of the visit.
Do you have lots of free entertainment in your area? Do share.