16 Free Things To Do for Theatre, Movie, and Book Lovers in London

St Martin-in-the-Fields

Despite its reputation as one of the most expensive cities to visit, London remains a tourist favorite for a lot of great reasons. And contrary to popular belief, not every experience worth having in the city comes with a price tag. Here are some of what theatre, movie, and book lovers visiting London can do for free.

Theatres, Movies, and Entertainment

1. Visit the National Threatre at 5.45pm (Monday-Saturday) to catch one of the free concerts and live performances

2. See the free exhibitions currently on display at the National Threatre

3. Walk along the National Threatre’s Sherling Backstage Walkway to see the prop-making, set construction, and other production activities

4. Head out to the Roxy Bar & Screen bar and cinema to watch some of the wide array of free movies it features in its screening room out at the back

5. Make a pit stop at the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, take a peek or a photo of the iconic theatre. You can also browse through the wide array of items at the souvenir shop

6. Catch the free lunchtime concerts at St Martin-in-the-Fields every Monday, Tuesday and Friday at 1.00pm

7. Watch the Royal Opera House free lunchtime recitals at the Swiss Church in Endell Street. Free tickets are available at a first come first serve basis so make sure to come early to get yours.

8. Visit the Westminster Abbey at 5.30pm to listen to the Abbey’s choir sing

9. Have fun watching the nightly free comedy shows at the Angel Comedy Club.

10. See a comedy act for free on a Tuesday night at the Top Secret Comedy Club.

11. Listen to the orators at the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park

Books and Literature

12. Visit the world’s largest library that boasts of a vast collection of catalogued items. Explore its reading rooms and pick up a book for a bit of reading before you leave.

13. See the famous oak galleries and skylights not to mention the broad selection of books at Daunt Bookshop

14. Browse through the independent bookshops of Charing Cross Road

15. Push the luggage trolley and get your photo taken at the Platform 9¾ at King’s Cross Station. You can also take a look at the items available at the Harry Potter Shop.

16. Spend some time just enjoying “A Conversation with Oscar Wilde” as you take a moment to sit down, rest, and just watch people walk by