London For Free...Mapped

By M@ Last edited 128 months ago
London For Free...Mapped

You want entertainment in London, you say? And you want it for free? Well, good sir or madam, you've come to the right place. Anyone who's lived in this fair city for a while knows that free entertainment is actually all around us. From our world-class museums to almost uncountable numbers of galleries; hear talks by some of the planet's great thinkers, and japery from the best new comics. It's all free, and it's all here on our new interactive map.

Actually, it's not all here. This is a newborn, a work-in-progress. The city is so immense, there's no way we can comprehensively cover it on our own. So please help. Leave suggestions in the comments. We're particularly weak on free music and comedy, but all knowledge welcome. Come on - we need to balance out all those poncey galleries. Look at them spreading out over London like green nosespatter.

A few basic rules for inclusion:

1. Venues should offer free entertainment/art at least once a week (may be seasonal). We're not after one-off events.

2. No pre-booking usually needed (i.e. you can normally just turn up).

3. Things like changing of the guard and street performers are not included, but the line can be blurry, and we might be persuaded.


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Last Updated 08 October 2007


I like the Black Gardenia on Dean Street. It's a tiny speakeasy that opened a couple of years ago and there's entertainment most nights of the week. It's free to get in before 9pm but the entertainment doesn't usually start until at least 10pm. Great rum and cokes served by men in smashing hats. Dress up and dance the night away!


Okay, I know this is more gallery stuff, but it's also music - the National Gallery stays open late on Wednesday evenings, and has free live music in the foyer, usually from Royal College of Music students I think.


Hi there
How do I add this map to my google maps? Can't seem to find the original...



LSE lectures?