What else can you do in London without breaking the bank? Some really fun experiences are waiting for under ₤10!
Brunch in Kensington – I have spent a few of my visits to the city staying in Kensington and discovered some great brunch spots, just near to the museums. Check them out in this post.
Market food – Like I said in my last post, the markets are free to visit the only cost is in buying something! Food at London markets comes from all over the world and can be entire meals, snacks, cocktails, pastries, and much more.
Watching a play at Shakespeare’s globe – Shakespeare’s globe is a reconstruction of the old theater which burnt down in1613. It is in the same location as the first one and during the summer months they put on plays by Shakespeare as well as by some of his contemporaries. A seat in the stalls will cost you somewhere around ₤30 but standing room around the stage will only put you back ₤5 and as long as the weather is good, it will be the best ‘seat’ in the theater!
Board game cafe- London is know for it’s kooky themed cafes and restaurants. The board game cafe – Draughts- that opened up just this year is a great way to unwind or meet up with friends for a fun afternoon, especially if the weather is bad. For ₤5 you have access to 600 games for as long as you want. There is a small cafe operating inside for when you realise you’ve been playing monopoly for 5 hours straight and are needing a drink.
Things to do in London no matter the cost – TREAT YO SELF
Let’s be honest. You haven’t flown all the way to London in order to not do things because they cost something have you? When traveling it is all about being smart with your money, not thrifty. So what are the things that are worth paying the extra pounds for? These are my choices.
Jamie‘s restaurants – Whilst I was growing up, our Jamie Oliver recipe book was the favorite of the whole house. When I came to London I sought out his first restaurant, 15, and loved it. Since then I have also been to his current pop up restaurant/diner in Piccadilly. Both are exceptional and if you are a fan it is well worth booking yourself in for a night of good food. The average price for a main is ₤15 and a cocktail is ₤9.
High Tea in Kensington Palace – Who doesn’t want to have high tea in a palace?! The tea package here will set you back ₤26 or with bubbly for ₤36. Found at the west end of Hyde Park it is a beautiful experience and one that I would say is an English experience not to miss out on!
Shakespeare‘s globe museum – The museum is connected to the theater itself and a guided tour will take you inside the theater, where is you are as lucky as I was, people will be rehearsing a play and it will be even cooler than you were imagining. Regardless the museum is very good, interactive, attractively set up, with a real variety of information. A must do for anyone even remotely interested in the Bard. It is ₤13.50 for an adults ticket.
The Tower of London – If you pay for one thing in London, this should be it. Entrance will cost you ₤24.50 (a small discount is available if you book online) and you should take a tour from a Yeoman who will take you around and tell you stories in his ‘costume’ which is actually his real uniform. The tower has so many chilling stories connected to it, it also holds the crown jewels and many armour and weapon replicas. I loved the chilling graffiti, hundreds of years old, from prisoners condemned to death. I’m gruesome like that though.
See a West End show – London is one of the worlds foremost places to watch a live show. The west end has hundreds of shows showing weekly with prices ranging from ₤25 – 72. Do you prefer musicals? Plays? Magic shows? Comic standup? There is something for everyone and every one of them is a great experience.
Do the Harry Potter experience – If anyone is a Harry Potter fan and has already made it all the way to London, you might as well make the extra little effort it takes to get out to Watford for the Harry Potter experience at Warner Brothers Studios. It is 32km north of London, easy to get to via train and then a shuttle bus and the ticket will set you back ₤33 but I think any fan that has gone will agree with me that it is completely worth it. Don’t forget to sample the butter beer whilst you are there, it tastes like caramel 🙂
Take the Tube – This cannot be avoided. It is not cheap. On my most recent stay in London I spent over ₤40 on the tube over 7 days. And that’s only because the tube stops charging you for the day once you have spent ₤7. Think in advance and look into weather a week pass would be better value for you (I should have done that but it escaped my attention). An Oyster pass is also the best way to go, to get one will cost you an initial ₤5 which you will get back at the end of your stay when you return the card. London is huge, not walkable at all. You need this card and you can use it for the tube, the overground trains and also the buses.