Monday, 6 June 2011

Free Things To Do in London

This is not a hoax - there are things that you can do in London for free that don't involve getting rained on whilst waiting for a bus or dashing out of fancy restaurants without paying.

Here's a few of our favourite. What have you found?

Big Screen Season in Trafalgar Square 
The Royal Opera House are transmitting some of their ballets and operas to BP Big Screens around the country - including Trafalgar Square so if the evening is dry and balmy - as it was for us watching Manon last Wednesday - pull up a paving stone for some high culture.

Not only do you not pay a penny for the treat, you also get to bring any alcohol or food in - they provide plastic jugs to pour your rose wine into to avoid accidents - and BP even provide blow up pillows to stop you getting uncomfortable somewhere around the Third Act.

The atmosphere is much more pleasant than in the ROH (I remember being terrified that I would make too much noise the whole time).

The next showing is Puccini's Japanese opera Madame Butterfly on July 4th, complete with a Butterfly Hum-along and the screenings continue into the summer. Find our more information here.

Quiz Show Audiences
If you're a fan of British humour or reality TV like The X Factor, you could spend a couple of hours being entertained by British comedians or rising stars by applying for free tickets to sit in the audience of a TV show.

We went along to see Stephen Fry present his show QI along with Jimmy Carr and Johnny Vegas and didn't stop laughing for nearly two hours.

Sign up to websites such as The Applause Store to register for regular emails with details of filming in advance. It's best to start queuing about half an hour before the suggested time - we were the last people to be allowed into our show and we thought we were too early!

1 comment:

  1. Where would you get such free things to enjoy buddies? London is multifaceted and gives you all that life has to give you.