Free London – Attractions
Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN
Located in a charming building on Foster Lane, known as one of the city’s hidden architectural treasures, Goldsmith Hall was founded over 700 years ago to help regulate the craft of the goldsmith by testing the quality of precious metals and hallmarking. Regularly hosting exhibitions and events showcasing the very highest standards of gold and silver jewelry making. Although a wonderful place to browse, with all the exhibits also available to purchase Goldsmith Hall can also provide a wonderful shopping experience for any jewelry lover.
King William Walk, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NN
Designed by Christopher Wren, the renowned British architect who rebuilt over 50 churches in the city after the Great Fire of London, including his master piece, St Paul’s Cathedral, Greenwich hospital is a unique and truly magnificent heritage site. Before its closure in 1869, Greenwich hospital served as a military home and hospital for injured and disabled Royal Naval Soldiers. Later reopened as part of the Royal Naval College, the buildings are now widely known as the Old Royal Naval College. Today, some of the buildings are open to the public complete with a permeant exhibition dedicated to the history of the hospital and the surrounding area.
Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF
Simple yet classically elegant, the villa that was gifted by King James I of England to his wife Anne of Denmark, is simply stunning. Complete with a truly beautiful interior, visitors can explore the building taking in the Tulip stairs, wondering around the Great Hall and enjoying a breath of fresh air in the loggia whilst admiring the villa’s magnificent conservatory, hosting stunning views of the surrounding area, including Greenwich Park.
Hampstead Lane, London, NW3 7JR
Located near Hampstead Heath, Old Count’s mansion is surrounded by wonderful gardens, complete with a truly magnificent collection of plants and flowers. Famous for its excellent library that was initially created by architect Robert Adam, the estate is also home to an affluent collection of paintings by famous artists, including the most famous of all. A self portrait painted by Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn.
St John’s Wood, London, NW8 9BS
Perhaps the most well-known “Zebra” in the world and a place of mass pilgrimage for fans, is of course, the zebra crossing where, 45 years ago, The Beatles immortalized the area when placing the iconic photo onto their 12th Album “Abbey Road”. Since then, music lovers from across the globe flock here to visit the area and attempt to recreate the legendary picture.
Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, London, W4 2QN
In the former country home of renowned artist William Hogarth, lies a unique collection of graphics, canvases and prints created back in the XVIII century. Not only can you take in the magnificent beauty of the collection on show, you can also learn about the challenging life of one of the most talented painters of the time.
Little Holland House
40 Beeches Avenue, Carshalton Beeches, Carshalton, SM5 3LW
The home of the famous Frank Dickinson, artist, designer and craftsman, who designed, built and furnished the house himself, including wall paintings, handmade furniture and copper work within the building. Inspired by John Ruskin and William Morris, Dickinson wanted to create a piece to meet their approval.
Fenchurch Street, Tower Bridge, London, EC3N 4DJ
From the Great Wall of London – the grand defense structure protecting the border of Roman London – survived only a few fragments. Previously nearly 5 km in length and 6m in height, in all its glory, the Great Wall of London must have been an inspirational sight.
Bishops Avenue, London, SW6 6EA
This medieval house located on Bishops Avenue was built over a thousand years ago and is filled with heritage. Today recounting its history through historical tours, Fulham Palace is an excellent place to explore – be sure to take a stroll through the palace garden, a look at the portrait gallery and of course, be sure to take a peek in the elegant Drawing Room.
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge
Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH
Built by avid hunter Henry VIII, this wooden cottage situated in the middle of Epping Forest is a stunning sight. After his death, the Hunting Lodge was left to his daughter, the next monarch, Elizabeth I. Since the Tudor reign the house has not changed, complete with authentic furniture and kitchen utensils from the period.
Statue of Eros
Piccadilly Circus, London, W1B 5RD
The statue centered in Piccadilly Circus depicts a winged archer with a bow known as Eros – the god of love. However, there are some miscommunications about the true nature of the statue, with some arguing that it may be of Anteros, the brother of Eros, or the Angel of Christianity – but to Londoners, he is simply Eros.
Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Impressive at first sight, this picturesque area of the capital hosts Nelson’s Column, the famous fourth plinth, the proud stone lions, blue doves, and flowing fountains. Particularly during holiday seasons there are bright, bold street shows and art performances, whilst in winter there is a giant Christmas tree.
Valentines Mansion & Gardens
Valentines Park, Emerson Road, Ilford, IG1 4XA
Former family home of the aristocratic Tillotson family, the pride of this magnificent mansion is its remarkable rose garden, laid out back in the days of Queen Victoria. Regularly hosting a variety of different exhibitions, workshops and art fairs, this beautiful location is definitely worth a visit.
RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts)
8 John Adam Street, Charring Cross, London, WC2N 6EZ
Set in a beautiful Georgian building just a step away from Trafalgar Square, The Royal Society for the Arts is London’s very own haven for artists, sculptors, writers and patrons. With lots to see and do, including a series of allegorical paintings by Irish artist James Barry and the ancient underground catacombs leading to the Thames, this is a perfect venue for any art or heritage lover.
Princess Diana Memorial Fountain
Serpentine Bridge, Hyde Park, London, W8 4PX
Located in the south-west area of Hyde Park, the fountain is a tribute to the late Lady Diana. Designed by Kathryn Gustafson, an American landscape artist, the fountain, which was built to reflect Diana’s personality and love of children, provides a fitting memory of Lady Diana – the people’s princess.
London Bridge, Southwark, London, SE1 9DA
Located on the south bank of the river Thames, the remains of the demolished medieval palace still remain today. Despite the fact it is now in ruins, what remains clearly indicates what a truly beautiful place it once was. A must-see feature of the palace is an extraordinary window that has been created in the shape of a heart.