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Free Entertainment in London

Visiting London is expensive enough but if you know where to go, you can find free entertainment all across the capital.

Performers

Wander around Covent Garden or take a stroll along the South Bank for the best in free street entertainment.  Musicians, acrobats, magicians, mime artists and even contortionists can all be found performing for free either in the square of Covent Garden or on the riverside of the South Bank.    If you do have some spare cash, give them a donation as often it’s their only source of income.

Music

Free music isn’t just confined to the main underground stations in London: you can watch and listen to free music in many beautiful venues in the centre.  The National Theatre, The Royal Festival Hall and The South Bank Centre all host an array of musical concerts from jazz to classical and dance performances from all over the world.

Comedy

It’s much more of a laugh knowing you’ve had a great night out without coming home with an empty wallet! Certain comedy clubs host at least one night a week where entry is free to have a laugh with up and coming comedians on stage.

Banter

Head to the Marble Arch side of Hyde Park for Speaker’s Corner on a Sunday morning for lively debate on almost any subject where freedom of speech is very much alive!  Here you can listen and even join in with the speakers who argue and discuss on topics which can range from the price of bread to politics or religion.  This little corner of heated discussion has been around for more than 150 years and is well worth dropping by for an impassioned speech.

Activities

For those with lots of energy, try out the Friday Night Skate where you’ll have the chance to meet new people and see some of London’s sights all from the comfort of your roller skates!  If you’re not so confident skater, you could have a go on the Sunday Stroll which works at a slower pace.  Both sessions skate en masse around central London and if you get too tired, there’s plenty of pubs to pop into for a drink en route!

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About Dianne Thomas

Dianne is a freelancer writer/photographer who divides her time between London and Bulgaria. Her blog: www.travelin2bulgaria.com which is dedicated to destinations, accommodation, food and practicalities for travelling in Bulgaria.

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