One of London’s busiest transport hubs, Victoria Station is a major gateway for international travellers. As expected for a location of this magnitude, a string of retail outlets and eateries dot the station complex and the surrounding area. That said, if you’re on a budget, here are some free things to do near Victoria Station.
1. Visit St Margret’s Church
Known as the ‘Parish church of the House of Commons,’ St Margret Church is a 12th-century church next to Westminster Abbey. This stunning architectural masterpiece is a peaceful and calm escape from the bustling city. Remember to be respectful of worship times.
2. Watch Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
For some old English tradition, head to Buckingham Palace at 10:45 am. The Changing of the Guard ceremony represents a formal handover of responsibilities between the guards on duty and the ones taking over from them. Be sure to check the schedule for accurate dates and times of upcoming Changing of the Guard ceremonies.
3. Have a picnic at St James Park
A peaceful oasis near Victoria station, St James Park is a place made for picnics. Calm and serene, if nature therapy is your thing then grab some food and head to the park.
4. Stroll through Strutton Ground Market
Tucked away on a narrow cobbled street, Strutton Ground Market is a quaint weekday street market near Victoria Station. Originally a local’s market, Strutton Ground’s popularity has skyrocketed in recent times.
5. Take a selfie at Little Ben
6. Visit Westminster Cathedral
Spend an afternoon in this breathtaking Victorian and Edwardian masterpiece. Inspired by the early Christian basilicas in Rome, Westminster Cathedral evokes a strong emotional response. This is a working church so be respectful of service time.