Want to see more of London on a budget?
London is a great City to explore and enjoy but, as we all know, it is sadly rather pricey. Don’t let that put you off because there are so many great things you can do that won’t leave too large a hole in your bank account. Here are a couple of ideas to get you started:
Feast your eyes at street markets
This is a big one because London does markets so well and you don’t just have to stick to Spitalfields or Borough if you want to try something new. Of course the most popular ones are still a good option if you’re in the mood for some window shopping or dining out on free samples but, if you’re looking for more vintage stalls or cheaper options then Camden Market always has more quirky and interesting things plus Broadway Market is a great shout too.
Picnic in the parks
It might still be a bit frosty in the mornings but London’s parks are beautiful enough to brave it so why not hire a Boris bike and cycle around either Hyde Park or Southwark Park. Or, simply recruit some friends and get everyone to bring some picnic food and head over to the beautiful Richmond Park to see the deer or to St James’s Park to catch a glimpse of a pelican or two. If you’re feeling cultural and want to plan ahead then the open-air theatre in Regent’s Park has some great shows on starting in May with J.M.Barrie's Peter Pan and until then you may strike it lucky and stumble upon talented performers or artists in and around the parks to see something new and unusual.
Test your talents in a master class
Looking to learn a new skill this year? There is no shortage of wacky and fun classes to try out from twerking to butchery, and from classes to teach you to dance in heels to underwater spinning – there really is something for everyone. Get a group of friends and challenge each other to try something different once a month for a laugh and who knows? You might discover a skill you never knew you had.
Stroll along Southbank
I’m a sucker for great views, lovely walks, street artists, skateboarders and bookshops so the Southbank Centre is perfect. Watch the skateboarders do tricks on the underground ramp and then head to a stall for some great street food to enjoy while looking out across the Thames. The more you walk the more you’ll find so look out for artists creating installations on the beach (if the weather is clear) and the open-air bookshop for some great bargains.
See a show
Love London’s West End shows but hate the prices? Head over to Leicester Square and check out the box office stalls and booths to get cheaper tickets. Wait until the show is close to starting for the best deals but head over to different shops to do your research first as they are all so close together it’s easy to do. The shows are amazing and this way you can see them at a much better price. Some days you will be luckier than others but if you don’t get the ticket you want then why not explore the area instead and head over to China Town for some great food, and keep an eye out for the cheaper lunch menu deals.
There you have it, 5 great ways to see more of London on a budget – enjoy!
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Posted on 16th March 2015 by Elinore Court.
Elinore Court lives at Liberty House in London, she is studying a masters degree in Magazine Journalism at City University.