London is an incredible city with a diverse mix of culture and architecture. Unsurprisingly, sightseers flock to London every year, but this impressive city has a reputation for being an expensive one. However, if you know where to go, it really can be done on a shoestring budget.
The first thing to do when you arrive at Heathrow is head for the underground station and purchase an Oyster card. This will be your money saving lifesaver for the duration of your stay, and will grant you cheap travel on the underground, as well as the buses in the city. Though there are quicker ways to get to the centre from Heathrow, the underground is certainly the cheapest, and gives you an opportunity to purchase your Oyster card before you even reach the city.
Believe it or not, even in one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, there is a lot on offer that won’t cost you a penny in entrance fees. London’s Museums are home to some impressive collections, check out the Natural History Museum and The Science Museum, these two are side-by-side so can be seen in one day – just head to South Kensington on the Tube. They’re also perfectly situated for a stroll around London, this is a great area and you’ll find the Royal Albert Hall nearby.
Other fantastic museums that can be experienced for free are The National Gallery and The British Museum, and for the world’s largest collection of modern art, look no further than the Tate Modern, easily found from the underground station St. Paul’s.
Fans of classical music will be delighted to know that there are several free concerts regularly hosted throughout the city, with the Southbank Sinfonia offering free rush hour concerts, you can find them at St John’s Waterloo, adjacent to the IMAX, opposite Waterloo Station.
For the best view of London, it’s well worth heading to Primrose Hill. This beautiful park offers an incredible vista of London, best enjoyed with a picnic if the weather is nice. Take the underground to Chalk Farm and ask at the station for directions, it’s a very short walk and you’ll find a few shops nearby to buy picnic supplies and maybe a bottle of wine!
If you crave a bit more hustle and bustle, look no further than Portobello Road Market. Held on Sundays, it offers a wide selection of choice, from fashion to incredible food. Take the tube to Ladbroke Grove to get there.
Eating out in London needn’t be as expensive as you might expect. Head out at lunchtime to enjoy set menus which offer the same great food from the evening, at a reduced price. For low-cost food after these deals have ended, you will find a variety of Indian and Chinese restaurants throughout the city, and for a real budget British classic, you can’t go wrong with a traditional Fish n’ Chips.
You’ve heard about London’s incredible theatres, but you don’t have the money to splash out on the top price tickets? The half-price ticket booth in Leicester Square is your best option, as long as you’re not fussy about what you want to see. It opens at 10am, so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Rome was not built in a day, and London cannot be explored in one, you’ll need a place to stay to experience it all. If you’re looking to save money when you book hotels in London, then there are plenty of low cost options. Chain hotels Travelodge and Premier Inn can offer you a low cost alternative, or for the less fussy traveler there are even hostels which will appeal to those looking to make as many savings as possible.
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