As a holiday destination, London has it all. With countless tourist attractions, museums and entertainment venues, the 1500 square kilometre UK capital is one of the top tourist destinations in the UK. This is bolstered by the fact that there are 6 different airports stationed near the city for visitors to travel through. Pair that with the many train terminuses that connect London to the rest of the UK and the Underground network spanning 11 tube lines, the UK capital is easy to traverse and promises endless possibilities for London getaway deals.
That was before the COVID pandemic struck. Nowadays, guests at the Chilworth London Paddington will have to deal with reduced services on tube lines, restricted services at many tourist attractions and complete closure of dining, non-essential shopping outlets. Though everything is looking a lot more optimistic with the gradual, if not theoretical opening of the country by the summer period, there’s still a long way to go before any semblance of normality returns to the tourism industry.
However, in the coming weeks, many people will be allowed to embark on breaks and holidays within the country. Whilst the fate of international travel in 2021 is still unclear, UK nationals can enjoy the sights and sounds of COVID restricted London, as long as they’re aware of the restrictions still in place.
The upside to the current restrictions in the UK capital is that many of the tourist attractions and fun things to do are completely free of charge. This is especially beneficial for those of us who’ve had to tighten the purse strings during the coronavirus pandemic closures. Below are just some of the many free London activities you can enjoy during your visit.
Sculptures of London
From the Diana Memorial Fountain to the Peter Pan Statue of Kensington Gardens, many of the monuments in London can be found in its beautiful royal parks. Whilst London’s many prestigious art galleries might be closed for the time being, Thameside tours of contemporary art and the vibrant street art of the Waterloo Vaults is still available for free to London visitors.
Nature Trails And Reserves
Whilst modified hotel cleanliness hygiene standards mean that you’re as safe and sound from COVID transmission as you can be, you’re far less likely to catch COVID 19 when outside. You’re even less likely to catch it in larger spaces where it’s easier to socially distance. This is where the many nature trails and reserves of London come in. As a forest city, London is over 40 percent green space, and this could be an opportunity to feel like you’re not in a city at all! Epping Forest, the East London marshes and Richmond Park are great places to start, but there’s a whole world of nature reserves in and around London that is free to visit and each distinct and characterful.
Alongside the nature reserves and wildlife of London, there are many photo-worthy parks and hills that provide some of the best views of the London skyline. Start off with Greenwich Park’s Observatory hill, and then seek out the hidden gems in Southeast London, such as Point Hill just off of Blackheath and Telegraph Hill in the Nunhead area. Other great spots include the river views from the South Bank and the Primrose Hill.