January is always the month to embrace being a pauper. London strangely enough is a city where there are enough free events and things to do that it doesn't have to be as painful and boring as it feels that it will be after the Chirstmas comedown. One of my main resolutions for the new year is to be better with my money so I'm going to start as I mean to go on.
Tim Walker: Story Teller is absolutely incredible, and free! I went to a talk given by Somerset House with Tim Walker about his work and it was very interesting and lovely to hear somewhere talk about their creative life. The exhibition it's self is very fantastical and feels like you are in one of Tim Walker's photographs. Also check out the creepy doll at the end!
The National Portrait Gallery is a really good museum to visit when you're at a loose end. Firstly the majority of the museum is free, the variety of photographs and paintings of a wide range of people is impressive. Currently they have a small exhibition about Marilyn Monroe and one called Poetry of Motion which will be worth a trip. Also if you're feeling mega flush then the Taylor Wessing Photographic Potrait Prize costs £2 for entry and is top notch.
The Rain Room at Barbican will be so much fun and whilst the queues maybe a little large, again it's free!
Enjoying a lovely walk is always purse friendly and there are numerous green spaces to choose from. This is a helpful list of the major parks in the city and this list has more hidden green spaces.