Taking A trip to central London is never going to be light on the purse strings., London is one of the most expensive cities in the world and looking at the glitz and glamour of the city centre backs this statement up. Especially Paddington, what with its recently developed central square and new lease of life in the Bayswater area, you wouldn’t be surprised if night life and living begun to skyrocket. Of course, if you know where to look, there’s always a bargain to be found and whatever you’re after, whether it be hotels in Paddington or a bite to eat, London always offers a better value option if you know where to look.

Serpentine Gallery

This modern art gallery in the centre of Hyde Park is a perfect example of how easy it is to see contemporary works for no money at all. Found slap bang in the middle of Hyde Park, this amazing gallery is made of two spaces: The Serpentine and the Sackler studios. These spaces are some of the most sought after and high-profile gallery spaces for contemporary artists. With the works of Jeff Koons, Man Ray, Damien Hirst and Marina Abromovic alongside many others having had their works displayed there. With 48 years of history behind it, the Serpentine has established a great reputation and is well worth a visit, not least because it’s free to enter!

Diana Memorial Playground

Looking for somewhere to relax whilst the kids have fun? The Diana Memorial Playground in Hyde Park is one of the best playgrounds in the city. With its abstracted climbing frames and sand play areas, this Peter Pan inspired playground gives kids the chance to use their imagination as well as have fun. With the nearby Kensington Palace and café on site, the Diana Memorial playground is a definite must if you need to kick back whilst ensuring the kids are entertained.

Wallace Collection

You can thank the illegitimate son of Richard Seymour-Conway, the Marquee of Hertford for leaving his bequeathed collection of fine art works to the public. More to the point, you can thank his widow, who left the collection as a non-departmental public body. In this grand house, you can find a range of art works range from the 15th to the 19th century. These include decorative arts, furniture, arms and armour alongside the incredible paintings from masters such as Van Dyck and Rubens.

Cheap eating

The Shaftesbury Collection London is not only a great luxury yet affordable hotel, but a great place to find deals on food and drink as well. Regardless of whether you have a room there, you can find a competitively priced bar with a flexible dinner menu. With a kids menu catering to the pickier among us, the range of Indian, European and brunch menus give you plenty of choice for your next sit down meal. With breakfast included in your room price, the Shaftesbury also has a range of lunch, dinner and breakfast menus for its lounge and restaurant spaces, all coming at affordable prices and made with great professionalism.