Free things to do in the summer holidays
London has lots of free events to enjoy this summer. Here are a few to get you started.
Prudential Ride London Free Cycle
On Saturday 3rd August 2019 you can cycle your bike free of traffic past all of London’s sights.
Get together with family and friends to cycle on traffic-free central London roads free, with Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle.
The route features many of the capital’s world-famous landmarks, from Buckingham Palace to the Houses of Parliament and St Paul’s Cathedral. London’s greatest sights create an inspiring backdrop for a memorable day of cycling.
When you arrive at Green Park, there will be stunt BMX riders and big screen entertainment.
If you are up for the exercise, you can begin on the day from Ealing Town Hall.
Ealing to FreeCycle: Ealing start point address: Ealing Town Hall, New Broadway, Ealing, W5 2BY
- Start time: 9:00am
- Distance: 10mi
Register at Prudential Ride London Freecycle
Bus: E1, E2, E3, E9, E10
2. Visit the Zen garden in Holland Park
Fancy a beautiful day in the park-then Holland Park is the answer if you’re looking to explore somewhere beautiful and different to spend the day or picnic.
Holland Park contains an extensive woodland for central London, and supports a surprising range of mammals, birds and insects, including peacocks. The park also has a Japanese garden, orangery, tennis courts and a cricket pitch. It is really worth a visit.
Tube to Holland Park (next stop after Westfield)
3. National Park City Festival 19-28th July
To celebrate London being designated a national park due to the number of trees and increased wildlife during the summer holidays there will be a week of celebrating places where the environment has improved. https://nationalparkcity.london.gov.uk/
The first weekend 20-21st July has many west London sights, from seeing roof garden of the Lyric Hammersmith to a rooftop garden in a Westbourne Park house.
In Hanwell on the first Monday evening of the holidays July 22nd there is a Bat walk, meeting at the Viaduct Pub at 20.45pm-22.00pm It will be an excellent opportunity to see these at risk mammals. https://nationalparkcity.london.gov.uk/events/88c18d22-ae74-4039-be24-ce0315b8bb72
During the second weekend, July 28th you can tour Wembley’s green park https://nationalparkcity.london.gov.uk/events/73110b71-dda3-4d36-a628-49a1aa0b7435
The festival will be fully celebrated at the National Theatre’s free river stage on the 19th -21st July with events throughout the day to entertain you.
Bat walk transport: Bus 92
Wembley transport: Bus 92
River Stage: Tube to Waterloo
4. Visit the Science museum.
To celebrate 100 years of GCHQ the science Museum have put on a special free exhibition called from ‘From Ciphers to Cyber Security’. It looks fantastic, from the team who broke the ‘Enigma’ code and Alan Turing to the latest in cyber security. Tickets are fantastically free but have to be booked here https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do/top-secret
Tube to: South Kensington