Legal history at the Inns of Court
When location scouts for movies like Harry Potter want a London location they head for the Inns of Court in Holborn. A walk through the headquarters of the British legal system takes in thin-windowed Dickensian chambers, quiet fountain squares and the gaudy splendour of the Knights Templar’s London temple.
The Strand, WC2A 2LL
Wonderful window-shopping at Sotheby’s
It’s not just buyers who can browse the lots at one of the world’s most famous auction houses. Extraordinary works of art, from Old Masters to Damien Hirst skulls, pass through these hallowed halls, and they are all exhibited for free.
34-35 New Bond Street, W1A 2AA
An open party invite at Cargo Free Fridays
The Cargo club is an unofficial HQ for east London’s hipsters – the first stop on any self-respecting Shoreditch night out. Plug in to the area’s mix of up-and-coming bands, hip DJs and summer barbeques with their famous (and free) Friday night sessions.
83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
Cockney culture at Columbia Road Flower Market
A nondescript street in busy Hackney comes alive every Sunday as armies of flower-sellers turn the area into a riot of color, fragrance and boisterous banter. Join the crush as Londoners haggle for floral bargains or just wander the street’s urban greenery.
Columbia Road, E2 7RG
Columbia Road Website
A British master at Tate Britain
Many of the world’s most famous artworks are on display for free in London’s art galleries. Lose yourself in JMW Turner’s wild impressionistic canvases and evocative sketches at the Tate Britain’s post-modern Clore Gallery, dedicated to that most English of painters.
Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Tate Britain Website