Are you planning your London city break trip on a budget? London can be an expensive city if you want to indulge in the finer things in life but, a weekend in the capital doesn’t have to break the bank. If you’re trying to stick to a budget and save money in London, you’ll be pleased to know that there are actually loads of fun, interesting and quirky things to do that won’t cost a single penny.
No matter how much or how little you plan to spend, there’s something here for everyone; for couples on a romantic city break, parents with young children and groups of friends looking forward to a few days in London. You’ll never find yourself short of things to do, but what many people don’t realise is just how many things there are to do that don’t cost anything. Now you’re in on the secret, consider adding some of these totally free attractions and activities to your itinerary…
Visit one of the many free museums
One of the best things about being a tourist in London is that you are able to take advantage of the free museums. London’s free museums are world class and free entrance includes the biggest and best such as the Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and more. You won’t have to pay a penny to enter and you’re free to spend as much time as you’d like wandering around. If you’re travelling with family, the Natural History Museum is great for kids, the world-famous dinosaur gallery is an absolute must. There’s a new virtual reality experience which recreates life under water during the Jurassic Period and loads of skeletons of extinct animals to fascinate young minds in the Mammals Gallery. Look up to see the blue whale model swimming across the ceiling, suspended amongst other skeletons and replicas.
Take a trip to Hackney City Farm
Hackney City Farm is located in Bethnal Green and it’s a great free day out for anyone craving a little bit of nature in the city. It’s perfect if you’re visiting London with young children. From farmyard favourites to popular pets, there are a tonne of cute and furry friends to meet. The farm itself has been open for over 20 years and it gives children and adults the opportunity to interact and learn about some of the UK’s best loved animals.
Visit one of London’s famous galleries
Similarly to museums, London’s famous art galleries are free to enter and they make for a great rainy day activity. Check out the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Tate Modern for a real feel of what the city’s galleries have to offer. Showcasing cutting-edge international modern and contemporary art, the Tate Modern has a full calendar of temporary films, exhibitions, performances and tours on throughout the summer months while the National Portrait Gallery is a great choice for history and culture buffs – it showcases the world’s most extensive portrait collection including the men and women shaping British History.
Check out one of the many parks
For such a densely populated city, London has a remarkable number of great parks and green spaces to explore. One of the most famous, and most popular, is Hyde Park due to it’s sheer size and central location. Other options include Victoria Park, Green Park, Hampstead Heath and St. James’ Park; all of which are easy to access using public transport or with a short walk from the city centre.
Find a live music venue
There are tonnes of live music venues for fans looking to save money in London. A number of them put on cheap shows but The Scoop is a little bit different. This outdoor amphitheatre is located near City Hall and Tower Bridge and hosts events all year round, all of which are free. There’s always something to watch and popular choices include music, theatre, film and sport.