Relax in one of the many Parks
If you had enough culture for one day and are simply looking to relax, then one of Londonís picturesque parks makes for an ideal location.
The views on a clear day from Alexandra Palace
or the Royal Observatory
hill in Greenwich Park
are possibly the finest in London. As well as being free to enter, these public spaces frequently play host to organised events.
This past year Regentís Park, always lively in the summer months, included a chance to meet the England rugby team in its programme. For anyone with an interest in nature, expert-led guided walks around London's Royals Parks are free of charge, and can be easily booked in advance by telephone or e-mail. See www.royalparks.gov.uk for details. Complete listings of London parks and their locations can be found here: Londonís Parks
If a nature walk isnít your cup of tea, then a visit to one of Londonís markets can be fantastic and lively way to soak up the atmosphere of the capitalís various districts.
The Chrisp Street and Spitalfields Markets in the East End hold regular free events, including seasonal festivals and displays of local artists.
If it is people watching that youíre after however, then Camden Market, especially on a Sunday, is hard to beat. Weird and wonderful rhythms, fashions, tastes, and smells all compete for your attention, while the market itself is so big that you could never hope to see it all in an afternoon. If you are especially lucky and persistent, you may even be able to persuade some of the vendors selling delicious Oriental cuisine to part with some of their food for free around the marketís 6pm closing time.
Once again, see Shopping and Markets for details.
Even Free Food!
As any London student will tell you, Hare Krishna devotees distribute excellent vegan lunches in exchange for voluntary donations outside many campuses in the city, but if you donít feel like joining a long ragged line of unkempt students, then it is possible to find Ďclassierí alternatives elsewhere.
As mentioned above, Camden Market can be excellent, whilst, Harrods Food Hall has frequent free samplings and promotional launches of its luxurious products. To wash it down, free tastings are almost always available at Majestic Wine Warehouses across the city.