London on a budget!
OK, so you’ve arrived in London to study .. or to work, visit .. what next? Where to go .. what to do … ?? If you’re here to study – relax, you have time! Take it easy, explore the city at your leisure. If you are here for a two week holiday then start planning to see as much as possible of this impressive city in your limited time. Hit the ground running!!
If you are on a budget, it’s good to know about all the free stuff – London has some fantastic museums and art galleries … and the best thing about them is they are FREE!
Check out the …
- Tate Modern
- Tate Britain
- National Gallery
- National Portrait Gallery
- British Museum
- Natural History Museum
- Science Museum.
Wander around the parks
London also has some beautiful parks to wander around. Take some time to visit the following:
- Regent’s Park – originally appropriated by Henry VIII as a hunting ground! Those were the days 😉 Regent’s Park is on the Bakerloo tube line and close to Madame Tussauds – one of the most famous waxwork museums in the world. The park has an open-air theatre and houses the London Zoo. If you are a runner, like me .. check out the running routes.
- St James Park – the oldest of the Royal parks – borders on Buckingham Palace, so make sure you time it to see the Changing of the Guards as well!
- Hyde Park – the oldest of the Royal Parks – is divided in two by the Serpentine. A big tourist attraction is Speaker’s Corner, where anyone can get on their soapbox and talk about just about anything. Debate and discussion is encouraged.
Take a walk along the Thames and check out the bridges. There are 24 bridges spanning the river, from the Kew Bridge to Tower Bridge. The oldest is London Bridge, which was originally made of wood.
If you have limited time, one of the best and most economical ways to see the highlights of London is to take a cruise from the London Eye Millennium Pier. For only £10.80 you can take a cruise down the Thames, past Big Ben, St Paul’s, the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London.
More free stuff includes …
Visit Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square, take the tube to the City of London to see the one mile square financial hub, visit Westminster Abbey (free during Evensong), browse the stalls at Portobello Market, visit the Greenwich Meridian, the zero line of longitude, window shop at Harrods, people watch on Oxford Street … and of course, finish the evening in a pub with a warm pint of good old English beer!