5 Free And Fabulous Things You Can Do On One Walk Through The City Of London

Guy Parsons Guy Parsons

St Dunstan

A 1.5-mile walking route through the City of London will reveal some fine, free treasures.

We know you’re crazy about free things to do in London, so here’s one perfect walk that’ll let you visit five of them in one go. Take a packed lunch and you’re golden!

The nearest station to the start point is Tower Hill, which will also take you walking past the Tower of London (and THOSE riverside igloos) if you keep your eyes open!

1) St. Dunstan in the East

St Dunstan
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This pretty ruined church is rather nice. Especially if it’s not raining! The perfect place to meet your date. St Dunstan’s Hill, EC3R 5DD.

2) Sky Garden

The Sky Garden

It’s free to visit the Sky Garden at the top of the Walkie Talkie building and take in the view from the 37th floor. There’s capacity for walk-ins on weekdays (10am- 11.30am and 2pm-4.30pm) and at some other times, but you can book in advance to be sure of admittance. 20 Fenchurch Street.

3) Leadenhall Market

Leadenhall Market
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This picturesque old market hall– which doubles as Diagon Alley in certain scenes in the Harry Potter movies – is only a couple of minutes walk away. (Be sure to take a step out back for some impressive sights where modern steel-and-glass skyscrapers loom above old medieval architecture.)

4) London Mithraeum

Roman temple

A Roman temple created by a mysterious cult has been turned into an exhibition beneath the Bloomberg headquarters. Again, it’s free to visit, but you can book ahead to guarantee you’ll be able to get in. 12 Walbrook, City of London, EC4N 8AA.

PLEASE NOTE: London Mithraeum is currently closed due to COVID-19, but has plans to reopen very soon. Head to their website for the latest information. 

5) Tate Modern

Switch House Stairs at Tate Modern, London
Stairs at the Tate Modern Switch House. Not pictured – the other 6.4 million guests. [Photo: Andrew Stawarz]
Finally, a ten-minute walk past St. Paul’s Cathedral and over Millennium Bridge will take you to the Tate Modern, the most popular art gallery in the country. Although temporary exhibitions are ticketed you can explore their extensive permanent collection for nuthin’.

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