Budget Travel England

6 ways to explore London on a budget

London is one of the most incredible cities in the world, but it also happens to be one of the most expensive. However, that shouldn’t stop you from booking a ticket and exploring London, there are plenty of ways to spend time over there without breaking your bank.

Avoid expensive hotels

If you’re coming to London for the first time you might realise how expencive hotels are. Try finding something cheaper on Airbnb (East London is usually nicer to your budget) or use Couchsurfing, it might help you save a lot of money! Or look into Facebook groups and see if anyone has a spare room during the days you’re there!

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Find the free activities

A lot of things are actually free in London! Explore some amazing museum, go to markets, or keep your eyes open for free events. Check out the British museum, the Science museum, Tate modern, Somerset House or the Natural History museum.  If you’re all museumed out, head up to Walthamstow and explore God’s Own Junkyard and experience what it (probably) feels like to be inside a pinball machine, or walk around in Brick Lane and look in vintage shops, street art, and quorky boutiques. Head over to Broadway Market, walk around Little Venice, or see the view from Primrose Hill, there are plenty of things you can do in London that won’t cost you a fortune!

If you’re all museumed out, head up to Walthamstow and explore God’s Own Junkyard and experience what it (probably) feels like to be inside a pinball machine, or walk around in Brick Lane and look in vintage shops, street art, and quirky boutiques. Head over to Broadway Market or see the view from Primrose Hill, there are plenty of things you can do in London that won’t cost you a fortune (or anything at all)!

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Buy an oyster card

Buy an oyster card and fill it up instead of buying single tickets, it’ll save you a lot! If you’re in London a week and know you’re going to be using the tube, buy a weeks ticket instead of pay as you go.

Use the bus

Buses are much cheaper than the tube, you can still use your Oyster Card but it will be cheaper, and you get to see a lot more of the city!

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Walk around

London is a beautiful and very walk friendly city, walk around the areas, hang out at Hyde Park or have a picknick at Primrose Hill. If you want to know more about where you’re actually walking, take a free walking tour!

Eat on a budget

Even though restaurants will serve you amazing food, it’s usually quite expencive. Head out to markets and fill up on street food, it’s amazing food and much cheaper!

Start your day at Café 338 and get a filling and delicious brunch for only £5-8 including coffee or tea! Walk down Brick Lane and get some amazing street food, or head to Sông Quê Café for a £10-15 Vietnamese dinner. If you’re a vegetarian (or just really like vegetarian food) I would recommend Mildred’s, you can find it in Soho, Camden, and King’s Cross, and it serves some delicious food for really good prices!

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