Top Five Things to do in London– on a Budget

There’s no greater, more exciting city in the world than London, the home of London Fashion Week, the MOBOs & Brit awards, youth culture, the UK music scene, the world famous Royal newlyweds, the most revered parliamentary system, Fleet street, the BBC and a huge number of world-class attractions and historical sites. There’s more to see in this great, sprawling city than anyone could hope to achieve in a holiday – but the question lies, once you’ve sorted your train fare and London accommodation – maybe one of the smart Hyde Park apartments for a regal feeling stay – how on earth do you manage to see this notoriously expensive British capital on a budget?!

Luckily, help is at hand and there are plenty of excellent things to do that don’t involve splashing the cash.

Firstly, London is home to some of the most internationally-renowned museums and art galleries in the world. Visit the incredible National Museum, Science Museum or the Tate – either for free, or for very minimal entrance fees. These are ideally reached by tube if you stay in Victoria apartments or hotels and if you plump for the British museum, you could also take part in a Japanese tea ceremony, or join one of the free guided tours.

For those choosing to stay in the docklands apartments, they are perfectly suited to discovering the murkier history of this spicy part of the capital. For a cost effective activity, join one of the historical tours around this area and visit the old pubs near the docklands apartments for an authentic local experience. It’s a lovely place to find accommodation in too for your trip, both Docklands apartments and Canary Wharf apartments are well placed and plentiful for visitors here and a great spot for soaking up the hustle and bustle of this vibrant business and creative hub of London.

If you’ve booked one of the Canary Wharf apartments for your stay, you’ll be in luck – it’s a great place for good value food. Look for traditional pie ‘n mash shops at the nearby docklands for quirky cockney food at excellent prices. There are also a number of well-priced tea rooms around the area and within London in general – head to Spitalfield for the greatest concentration and avoid paying forty odd quid at The Ritz for your tea and scones!

If the weather is good, then head to one of the city centre parks – again when picking your London accommodation, especially the areas around Victoria apartments are the best option for groups of people and more plentiful than the nearby hotels. Choose wisely and you’ll be in easy walking or public transport travel distance of the incredible Regent’s Park, Holland Park, or famous Hampstead Heath.

Another great thing to do is to book your London accommodation wisely and close to Leicester Square during a film premier. Victoria apartments are well located for this, or look at Hyde Park apartments, youth hostels and hotels all do battle for visitors here – and with luck you’ll get to see a film premiere red carpet for free, or you could book into a cheap matinee show performance – head to the box office for same-day ticket bargains.

1 Comment

  • Chelsea

    June 9, 2011

    Apartment rentals are a good way to go in London. Hotels can be prohibitively expensive, especially during the high season. There are lots of free events going on in the city, too. They are a great way to stay within your budget.

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