Things to do in London - for Free or Cheap
Free & Cheap London
London can be an expensive place to visit, live or work. In fact it's regularly in the top 5 most expensive cities in the world.
We've gathered together a number of tips & tricks for making your money go further in this great city.
For comparison we'll use the following currency conversion:
£1 = €1.15
£1 = $1.50
This is probably your biggest cost. Even the most basic hostel, think shared bathrooms or even shared rooms can cost you £25 / $40 / €30 a night!
Some good deals can be had however, for last minute deals see our last minute accommodation offers, the UK's chain hotels include Premier Inn and Travel Lodge and these often have rooms (The Premier Inn in particular has nice accommodation) for as little as £60 per night. They almost always include private bathrooms (some have shower only), double beds, family rooms and a bar or restaurant nearby. Quality hotels start at around £120 per night and continue upwards into very silly figures, think £3000 a night and more!
Book online for the cheapest rates and unless you can really help it, never just turn up and book as you'll pay their highest rates.
Food & Drink:
Plenty of cheap outlets for food are available in London, look for supermarkets such as Tesco or Sainsbury's and you'll pay around £3 for a sandwich and £1 for a bottle of Pepsi. Local newsagents often sell fresh sandwiches, pies and pastries for reasonable cost.
Book at a restaurant and you'll not get any change from £10 for a meal. Chain restaurants include TGI Fridays, Nandos, GBK, Pizza Express etc. all have websites and carry menus and prices online. Plenty of high quality restaurants are available including Gordon Ramsey's Michelin star restaurants for fine dining. Budget around £50 pp for food at one of these restaurants.
This is where London comes into its own! All state funded museums and galleries and FREE to enter, all welcome donations if you can. Additional exhibitions often charge however. Private attractions can be quite pricey, items like the London Pass can get you huge discounts on a variety of top London attractions.
You can spend the whole day at places such as the tower of London (around £17) but places such as madam tussauds at £20 per person are just a plain rip-off.
Top 10 FREE attractions in London, Experience London without spending a penny! There are plenty of free museums and activities in the city to keep you amused
Best value for money deals, budget hotel in London
Changing the Guard, Changing the Guard takes place at 11:30 daily from May until the end of July and on alternate days for the rest of the year, weather permitting.
London's Hyde Park is one of the greatest city parks in the world.
Imperial War Museum. The museum's collections include archives of personal and official documents, photographs, film and video material, and oral history recordings; an extensive library, a large art collection, and examples of military vehicles and aircraft, equipment and other artefacts.
The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Prehistoric to the present day.
The National Gallery in London, founded in 1824, houses a rich collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 in its home on Trafalgar Square.
The National Maritime Museum (NMM) in Greenwich, England is the leading maritime museum of the United Kingdom the largest museum of its kind in the world. The historic buildings forming part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, it also incorporates the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, and 17th-century Queen's House.
The Natural History Museum is one of three large museums on Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, England (the others are the Science Museum, and the Victoria and Albert Museum).
Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world. The gallery shows work from the last five centuries, including contemporary British art, in a series of free changing displays.
The Tate Modern in London is Britain's national museum of international modern art