Happy Monday, friends!
How was your weekend? We didn’t travel too far this weekend, but did get out on Saturday to walk around downtown Coventry (we live a few miles away from the city centre, as they call it). We stumbled into our first local brewery taphouse and then went to the local movie theatre to see IT before joining a few friends at a local pub. Overall, it was a great weekend!
As many of you know, I was in London twice last week and may be back again this week. Since it’s kinda pricey to take the train down there, I’ve been trying to make the most of my time there without really spending any more money. So today, I’m sharing 5 free things to do in London!
1. Get lost in Kensington Gardens. When I studied abroad in London back in college, we lived right near Kensington Gardens, so I used to run or walk there pretty much daily. Take a picnic blanket and sprawl out on the grass on a warm day, visit the Diana Memorial Fountain, the Peter Pan statue, or the Albert Memorial (pictured below). You can also have high tea at the Orangery and even tour Kensington Palace, home now to William and Kate. It’s a lovely way to spend the afternoon and forget you’re in the center of a bustling city.
2. Window shop at Harrods. Not too far down the road from Kensington is Harrods, the quintessential British department store. The designer clothing shops are like visiting mini museums and you have to wander through the many rooms of fresh food. They also have free public restrooms, which is always a bonus in the city!
3. Walk across the Millennium Bridge from St. Paul’s to The Globe theatre. St. Paul’s requires a fee to get in if you start at the cathedral, you can walk across the Thames via the Millennium Bridge and down to the waterfront. Then, you can visit The Globe theatre or walk the other direction to the next destination, the Tate Modern, or farther to the National Theatre.
4. See modern art at the Tate Modern. Most of the museums in London have free exhibits and the Tate Modern, housed in the former Bankside Power Station, is one of my favorites. Browse artwork by Matisse, Picasso, and many more contemporary artists in a building that could be a work of art itself.
5. People watch at Covent Garden. If you’re looking for people watching, Covent Garden is the place to visit. Teaming with history and lots of local shops and eateries, it’s a great way to spend a few hours.
Have a great week!