Free Art Galleries, Museums & Discounted Plays/Theatre/Music

One of the benefits of London and other cities in the UK, is the presence of many free cultural exhibits including art galleries and museums. Theatre, plays and music can be found at discounted prices but they are generally paid for events. The beauty of art galleries, museums, plays, theatre and music, is that they temporarily take you out of your world, and for 1-3 hours can inspire, motivate and make you think and dream.

As I live in London, I have listed a number of institutions which are popular and free (or heavily discounted plays/theatre/music):

Art (Free):
1) Tate Galleries (Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool)
2) Saatchi Gallery (Sloane Square - a private art gallery open to the public)
3) White Cube Galleries (Bermondsey, Mayfair)
4) Gagosian Galleries (Kings X, Mayfair)
5) National Portrait Gallery (Trafalgar Square)
6) National Gallery (Trafalgar Square)
7) Whitechapel Art Gallery (Whitechapel)
8) Institute of Cotemporary Arts (ICA - 5 minutes from Trafalgar Square)
9) Serpentine Art Gallery (Hyde Park)
10) Welcome Collection (Bloomsbury)
11) Wallace Collection (Marylebone)
12) Various art galleries in Central London, Mayfair, Shoreditch, etc

Museums (Free):
1) Science Museum (great for kids and anyone interested in science)
2) British Museum (historical)
3) V&A Museum (fashion, design) and V&A Museum of Childhood
4) Imperial War Museum
5) Museum of London
6) Natural History Museum
7) National Army Museum
8) Bank of England Museum
9) Horniman Museum (good for kids)

Plays & Theatre (Discounted):
1) National Theatre (offers discounted Travelex tickets for almost half the seats in a number of shows at the discounted £15 price)
2) Shakespeare's Globe (modern, fun, entertaining Shakespeare with 700 £5 standing tickets for each show)
3) West End shows (last minute discounted tickets sold by 3rd party sellers like Time Out or TKTS)

Music (Free or Discounted):
1) Royal Festival Hall (discounted tickets for students and some performances have discounted Platform tickets on the stage behind the performers)
2) BoxPark Shoreditch (Free performances by up and coming musicians between 1-4pm Sundays)

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