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How to spend 24h in London – spending less than £50

London might be one of the most expensive cities, but there are ways to get away cheap! Here’s a full day’s itinerary for a day in London – spending less than £50.

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Brunch

Starting your day off with a delicious English breakfast is never a bad idea. Head out to Café 338 to get a full fry up and pancakes for only £5-8, coffee or tea is included and even though this little café gets busy it’s worth the wait for a table! Rotation is quick so you won’t have to wait too long!

Explore a market, a museum, or visit God’s own junkyard

After you’ve filled up on fruit, coffee, tea, and pancakes, it’s time to explore the city. Head out to Broadway Market, Camden Market, or explore Burrough Market. It’s free to look around, and if you decide on Broadway Market it’s only a 15-minute walk from Café  338. London Feilds isn’t too far away either, so once you’re done walking around, relax in the park!

Alternatively, museums are free in London, and they do have some really great once! So if you’re up for some history or culture, check out Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, the War Musem, Somerset House or any of the other museums London has to offer.

If you’re up for something i little more quirky and weird, take the bus up to Walthamstow and check out God’s Own Junkyard. It’s owned by Chris Bracey – a guy who has been collecting neon signs for almost 40 years. The whole place is filled with neon signs, some are from really famous movies such as Batman and charlie and the chocolate factory.

God's Own Junkyard

God’s Own Junkyard

Dinner

After a day of exploring, you might be getting a bit hungry. Head back to Shoreditch and the East side of London for some delicious dinner. Sông Quê Café serves Vietnamese food for only £10-15, or walk around in Brick Lane and fill up on some of the best street food in London.

Once you’ve gotten some food in you, walk over to Sky Garden for a drink and an amazing view over London. Every day they announce the time of the sunset on their website, so see if you can get there to view that!

Drinks and dance

If you’re up for some drinks and some dancing there are plenty of places to explore. Cargo has happy hour until 10pm, Ridley Road Market bar serves Mojitos for £5 and is decorated with fake palm trees and it does get really busy! Franks is a roof top bar in Peckham. offering an amazing view, and drinks for £4-5.

Accommodation

Use Couchsurfing or Airbnb, looking at Airbnb in East London is usually cheaper, and staying away from central will save you money. There are some cheap hostels as well, and check out Facebook groups and see if anyone has a couch or a room available.

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