London on a low budget
We all love a day out in the city, but if you’re not careful it can cost quite a lot. Never fear – here are our top suggestions to enjoying the best of London without breaking the bank.
Democracy in action
Well, you might see it. Even if the PM isn’t in and Parliament isn’t in session, you can follow in the footsteps of the Queen and Winston Churchill by taking a free tour of the Houses of Parliament. Make sure you do this well in advance, as to gain free access you need to write to your local MP and request a tour of the famous buildings. It can take a while, but it’s well worth the wait – with a guided tour which tells you all sorts of fascinating history, including why MPs never use names in the chamber, and where Guy Fawkes hid on that fateful day. Visit the House of Lords and even sit on the famous green chairs. Or, alternatively, you could queue on the day to sit in the public viewing gallery to see a debate. If that’s not enough, why not walk past no.10 Downing Street afterwards, and give Ms May a wave?
Free sport screenings
London is dotted with open air screenings this year, many of them free. Catch the latest action from the Paralympics by visiting some of the top spots
– including London Bridge and St Katherine Docks.
Soak up the market
You may end up spending some dosh here, as the food and fashion can be just too good to miss, but London is awash with famous markets with a buzzing atmosphere. Try Borough Market, Camden Lock, and the renowned Portobello Road to enjoy everything from antiques to antipasti. Check out the list of times and locations
London is famous for its art and history, so why not take advantage of some of the free to enter galleries and museums? Of course the famous National Gallery, Science Museum, V&A and Tate Modern will be top of your list – but why not also stroll along by the Hayward Gallery on the South bank for the latest graffiti art? If you’re into performance art, Covent Garden can’t be beaten for street entertainers, and don’t forget to catch the latest goings on at Trafalgar Square’s famous Fourth Plinth.
Ride the bus
For the cost of just £2 on your Oyster Card or contactless payment card, you can jump on an iconic red bus and have a tour of the famous London sites without paying the prices of the open top varieties. Catch a bus from London Bridge or Camden, heading into town, and you’ll pass some of the great landmarks whilst enjoying a bit of people watching as you go.
Bark in the park
London’s famous parks are beautiful, buzzing and perfect for walking with the family and/or the dog. Richmond Park even boasts the famous Deer Park, and Hyde Park is often a favourite celeb-spotting destination. Pack a picnic and enjoy the surprising tranquillity of London’s green spaces.
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Walk the walk
Why not get a good old fashioned map and do a self-guided tour on foot? You could even do a bit of simple research on a theme of your choice – such as Jack the Ripper, Harry Potter or Banksy – and mark the places you want to visit. There’s no need to fork out for an expensive guided tour with just a bit of careful preparation and Google to help you! Just don’t forget the comfortable shoes. Have fun!
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