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What To Do With Your Free Time in the UK

From iconic sites like Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, to new wonders like the London Eye and bustling markets including Camden and Leadenhall, London offers a wide variety to fill your free time. To give you some ideas, a few of our favorite spots are listed below. With endless options to do and see, what will you discover during your free time?

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British Museum
The British Museum houses the world’s greatest collection of antiquities from ancient Greece, Rome and Asia. Wander through at your own pace with an audio guide, or join a live tour. Either way you will be amazed by the unique collection and it’s history.
Hours: 10:00am – 5:30pm
Location: Accessible by London Tube stops: Tottenham Court Road (500m); Holborn (500m).
  Coca-Cola London Eye
As well as being one of the most visually striking structures in the world – the London Eye offers you a new perspective on a great city. Right on the banks of River Thames, across from Big Ben, ride one of the largest ferris wheels in the world for a bird’s eye view of London. One rotation takes about 30 minutes.
FREE – $
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: On the banks of River Thames. Accessible by London Tube stops: Waterloo; Embankment; Westminster.
Buy tickets to skip the line
  Globe Theatre
Reconstructed exactly as it would have been during the time of Shakespeare, this theater is a replica of the original Globe. Catch a show or take a tour of the building. The diverse program of shows in the original Shakespearean setting seeks to make theatre accessible for all.
$ – $$
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm (box office hours); 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (tour hours)
Location: Bankside’s Cultural Quarter. Accessible by London Tube stops: Blackfriars.
Check out what’s on
  Covent Garden
Filled with restaurants, bars, markets and boutiques, London’s premier tourist center offers fabulous shopping by day, and is the destination of theatergoers and patrons of the Royal Opera House by night.
FREE – $
Hours: Accessible 24/7; shop and restaurant times will vary
Location: Accessible by London Tube stops: Covent Garden.
  Tate Modern Viewing Level
Take in the 360° views of the London skyline from the top floor of the Blavatnik Building, located on the coast of River Thames. The viewing level boats several bars and restaurants to enjoy while you admire the view.
FREE – $
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm; open until 10:00 pm Fri. – Sat.
Location: On the banks of River Thames. Accessible by London Tube stops: Southwark; St. Paul’s.
  Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum
From Ben Franklin to Brad Pitt, you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous at this popular wax museum.
Hours: 10:00am – 4:00pm; open at 9:00 am on weekends
Location: Accessible by London Tube stops: Baker Street.
  National Gallery
Founded in 1824 with over 2,000 works of art, this is one of the world’s foremost art museums featuring priceless works by da Vinci, Rembrandt, Boticelli, Vermeer, Goya, Manet and Renoir.
Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm; open until 9:00pm on Fri.
Location: Accessible by London Tube stops: Charing Cross; Leicester Square.