London on a budget


If you are passing through England's beautiful capital when travelling, keeping costs down may be of paramount importance. London is certainly not a cheap city, offering some of the best hotels, restaurants and attractions in the world. However, there is still plenty to do that will not break the bank for those on London getaways.

Numerous galleries and exhibitions don't cost a penny to visit. While many may host special exhibitions charging a small fee, most will have permanent collections for which admission doesn't cost anything. These include the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum, the National Gallery and many more.

When it comes to food, the most economic option would be to make a packed lunch to enjoy in one of the city's beautiful parks – such as Hyde Park, Green Park or Victoria Park to name a few.

If you would like to treat yourself on the cheap, the Carnaby area boasts some budget-friendly restaurants such as Masala Zone or Cha Cha Moon. Alternatively, you may wish to go to Camden Market to sample the array of world street food on offer. Borough Market by London Bridge station is also open for lunch from Monday to Saturday.

During the afternoon, the best way to enjoy the city on a shoestring would be to visit some of the iconic areas. Walking around Westminster, one cannot help but be overwhelmed by the stunning Houses of Parliament, iconic Big Ben and world-famous Downing Street. Free street theatre delights tourists and locals alike spending time in Covent Garden or a cheap sightseeing bus tour could be a good way to drink in all that the city has to offer without parting with too much cash.

Many museums and galleries remain open late on certain nights of the week so for an evening activity, visitors to the city may want to check the days on which this happens at different venues, as it tends to vary.