We posted a call for the best free stuff to do in London, here are Cheryl from CSM's 6 top tips:
First Thursdays – Every first Thursday of the month all art galleries in East London are open to the public until 9pm. Free booze and food included. There’s always a good atmosphere around. The galleries stretch from Cambridge Heath Rd to Redchurch St and Hoxton. A map can be found online at www.firstthursdays.co.uk. It’s over 100 galleries!
Museums – I guess you already know it by now but the majority of museums are free in London, apart from special exhibitions. Most museums are artfriendly and offer foldable stools that you can use during your stay.
Cycling – I can’t emphasize how free you literally feel once you have your own bike. No longer waiting for the delayed buses in the cold or rushing and squeezing in overpacked tubes. There are far too many people in London so having a bike is way more cheaper, and quicker. There are a lot of beautiful places to be discovered in London. If it is possible, use two locks if you can and always have at least a back light or reflector. The streets are dangerous.
Go up to Hampstead Heath during the summer and have a nice chilly (I only lasted one minute) swim. It represents the beautiful and green side of London.
Free walking tours - I’ve never tried one before but if you’re new to London, I guess they can be quite interesting as well.
The Prince's Drawing School: The charity-run art school based in Shoreditch offers free drawing and etching sessions for art students (Foundation, Fine Art) in London. At the moment they offer free sessions on Mondays. To find out more, visit their website (http://www.princesdrawingschool.org) and go to Public Programme. I haven't tried it out yet but will hopefully soon. They are in EC1, Charlotte Road (nearest tube: Old Street)
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