London is an expensive city, but do not let that turn you away from visiting. There are many things to do in London on a budget. Here are some of my favorite things that I did in London and a few things that were highly recommended by others, that I passed on due to money.
Things to do in London on a budget…
1. Explore the city by walking:
I think walking around a city is the absolute best way to get to know the city. With London, it was necessary to get around with the tube (underground metro system). However, with an oyster card, it made it pretty easy and inexpensive
2. Visit museums:
All museums in London are free, and therefore a great inexpensive way to spend part of the day. They have tons of museums, I was only able to visit one. I visited the National Gallery, right in Trafalgar Square.
3. Watch the guard change at Buckingham Palace:
Witness the famous guard change at Buckingham Palace, it is a sight to see. But beware, they only do this every 24 hours! Be sure to find a spot along the street of Buckingham Palace before 11:30 am.
4. Have lunch at Borough Market:
Some of the things are a little spendy, but even being a broke college student I budgeted a little extra for food. This was an experience that I knew I didn’t want to miss out on while traveling Europe. I bought fish and chips and enjoyed as much as I could of it, as the portions were very large
5. Camden Town:
This is a HUGE outdoor/partly indoor market with so many things to eat and buy. I didn’t buy too much, if anything, but it was fun to just walk around here and see everything. A good place to shop if you like to bargain.
6. Neal’s Yard:
A beautiful, colorful little niche in London. We visited and took in the beautiful colors of the buildings and enjoyed a nice glass of wine on a beautiful evening. Even if you decide to forego the wine tasting, this place is worth a visit.
7. Covent Garden:
A huge restaurant and shopping market in London. We stopped here one day for a glass of wine and to watch the local performer. A nice little area to relax and get a feel for the London life.
8. Other things to see and do:
visit Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Globe Theatre, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, visit the World’s most famous upscale department store, Abbey Road and Abbey Road Studio (for the Beatles fans), visit platform 9 3/4 at King’s Cross Station
There’s also a few things that I didn’t do due to the price, but would maybe consider doing if I were to visit again (and had a little more spending cash)
1. London Eye — I would have loved to see the incredible views of London from above, but I couldn’t force myself to pay for this. I did have friends that have gone up in the London Eye and they highly recommended it.
2. The Tower of London — Another thing that I was interested in doing, but I didn’t NEED to do it. I think it would have been a cool place to visit and walk through and to see the Crown Jewels, but being on a budget, it was something I was okay with passing on. Plus, it was a little more expensive than I would have been willing to pay.
3. Harry Potter Studios — I grew up reading Harry Potter and would have loved to visit Harry Potter Studios while in London, but did not have time to, as I only had 4 days in London and I already struggled fitting everything else in.