When you’re given the chance to live in London (or any city for that matter) for a summer, it would be a true tragedy not to explore every inch of the city that you possibly can. Luckily with my job as a model I am required to attend many castings throughout the city so exploring comes pretty easily. I made this list of five free things in London for you to make the most of your experience across the pond.
1. The Tree Of Graves at St. Pancras Church
It is dedicated to the Roman martyr Saint Pancras and is believed by many to be one of the oldest sites of Christian worship in England. The church has been around since 314 AD but was nearly falling apart in the 1800s due to a few factors, one being Fleet River that runs underground beneath the church. When renovations on the church began in the mid 1800s, the man who was burdened with the responsibility of exhuming all of the bodies and dismantling the graves in the cemetery surrounding the church began stacking the headstones around a small tree. Slowly the base of the tree was surrounded by headstones and the man saw no point in relocating them after he had cleared the grounds. Now the tree has grown up and become one with the stones, and viewing it is like looking directly into time.
2. Take a walk along Regents Canal
Next on our list of free things in London, Regents Canal. The canals have run through London since 1820 and used to be a taxi-like line before the railroad was completed. Now its a great place to watch the boats, have a drink at one of the many bars that back up to it, or go for a jog along the path that runs along next to it. Often in the summer they have small markets and events along the canal and on sunny days its a good place to go soak in the sun on one of the many boat tours available.
3. London Museum of Zoology
This wouldn’t be a proper list of Five Free Things in London without mentioning most of the museums are free to visit. The London Museum of Zoology full of what I imagine a mad scientist would decorate his nightmares with. From floor to ceiling the place is full of the odd, creepy and insanely awesome. Each specimen littered with a ton of science and history. From baboon skeletons to jars of moles in various chemicals, this place has anything you could ever want to make your skin crawl. Take your time to completely educate yourself on the ins and outs of the animal kingdom.
4. The Camden Market
The Camden Market is a giant open air market, full of tents and booths selling all sorts of things. From knock off zippo lighters to real diamond rings, you can literally find anything and everything at the Camden Market. Not to mention the amazing food from all over the world, its like a world fair every weekend. Entry to the market is completely free (hence why it made my list of Five Free Things in London). I would suggest getting to the market early to beat the 100,000 people who visit the market each weekend.
5. Regents Park
The first time I went to Regents Park was completely by accident. I saw a sign for a zoo and just sort of wandered into this massive green field. Yea thats right, the park is so big it has a zoo inside of it! Regents Parks is made up of a little over 410 acres of gorgeous green fields, streams and gorgeous gardens. Its full of great places to picnic, sit and read a book or kick around a soccer ball. London is full of parks and each one is amazing but to me Regents is the best.
Have any activities to add to our list of Five Free Things in London? We would love to hear them!
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