New to London Town? First arriving in the big smoke can be both an overwhelming and an exciting adventure. The city is filled with an endless amount of things to see and do during the day – and of course as night falls. It goes without saying, you will find many of the world’s most famous attractions in London; such as Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and Tower Bridge, to name just a few. But if you are looking to experience the culture of London without breaking the bank and are not so sure where to start, check out some of these five ideas below!
Visit the National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
If you have an appreciation for the arts, head to the National Gallery based in London’s famous Trafalgar Square. This is one of the world’s most visited art museums in the world and you can visit for free 361 days a year! Here you will spot some of the famous works of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Picasso and many more world-renowned artists.
Daily 10:00 – 18:00
Friday 10:00 – 21:00
Image: Royal Parks
Take a step away from the hustle and bustle of city life as you head through London’s Hyde Park. This beautiful 380-acre park is home to a number of famous landmarks, including Serpentine Lake, Speakers’ Corner and the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain. Here you can stroll at your leisure, sit and read, or find a nice spot to have a picnic and simply people-watch. Once again, this activity won’t hurt your wallet as it is free to enter!
Everyday 5:00 – 00:00
Image: The Times
One of the best ways to explore London while getting some fresh air is by simply jumping on a Boris bike. Nicknamed after former Mayor, Boris Johnson, this public bike sharing scheme is available 24/7, 365 days a year. On top of that, it doesn’t break the bank! There are more than 10,000 bikes and over 700 bike docking stations across London to help you get around quickly and easily. The scheme includes east London, so you can saddle up anywhere from Canary Wharf to Shepherds Bush or Wandsworth Town to Camden Town!
Image: BBQ Lab
Visit Dinerama Food Market
19 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3EJ
Bit of a foodie? Love a good beer? Get down to this food market, which is buzzing with people both day and at night. Six street diners, six bars, five street food shacks, two trucks, one DJ and a MILLION twinkling LEDs, all of which are located within the funky spaces of an old converted shed and car park. Head there before 7pm for free entry, otherwise it’s £3. Here you will find some of London’s tastiest street food plus great booze, all in exchange for the loose coins in your pocket. You are in for a good time.
Thursday – Saturday 12:00 – 00:00
Sunday 12:00 – 21:00
Nothing sums up London more than a night out to the theatre! And, believe it or not, you can do this without spending a fortune. Theatre ticket booths such as TKTS, found in Leicester Square, offer half price and discounted tickets. Here, you can pick up a real bargain for many of London’s best shows and musicals, such as Billy Elliot, The Lion King and Wicked, to pick a few.
TKTS Opening Times:
Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 19:00
Sunday 11:00 – 16:30
Got any other suggestions for people to explore the big city without blowing the budget? Comment below, we want to hear your ideas!