London is well known for being a rather expensive city. You’ll be hard pressed to find a pint under a fiver, and if you’re using public transport without a discount railcard, you could be looking at more than four pounds a journey.
Whilst on the surface London can look hard to navigate on a shoestring, scratching under the surface of the city will open up a whole host of budget possibilities.
With great value hotel rewards bolstering your budget, exploring the city on the cheap can expand your view of the area, taking you to places you’d never think of going when flush. These tight moments could even prove the most memorable parts of your trip! Living on the cheap in the city means living creatively, after all.
These examples of free London attractions act as horizon broadening evidence of this.
London is famous for its vibrant and supportive music scene. As a city full of creatives, it’s no wonder that the area is full to the brim with musicians looking to test their mettle in front of an audience. Whether it’s an X-Factor worthy busker on the streets of the South Bank or an East London pub venue, you’ll find plenty of one-off acts, all day music festivals and sparks of sound flooding the streets of the city.
East London proves especially popular for music lovers, bars such as the Shacklewell Arms and the Vice magazine owned Old Blue Last in Shoreditch offer up platforms for up and coming musicians, all with a late night license to rival even the most high profile London nightclubs.
It’s heading into the summer season, and many comedy clubs in the London area are showcasing the work of up and coming comedians ahead of their runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. WIth many money donation based shows taking over clubs such as the Backyard and Angel Comedy Clubs, you’ll be giggling away at some of London’s top, up and coming comedy talent.
It’s the journey that matters
Many of the most stunning vistas in the city are completely free to enjoy. Shed tourist traps like the London Eye and instead take a trip into the wildlife wonderland of Richmond Park in West London. If it’s somewhere a little closer to your room at the Park Grand Hyde Park, then Regent’s and Hyde Park are just two of the centrally located Royal Parks in the city.
Other areas of outstanding natural beauty in the London area include Hampstead Heath and the Walthamstow Wetlands, where you can find dense forestry and marshy meadows providing respite from the inner city noise.
Knowledge costs nothing
Even if you’re living London life on the cheap, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the broad range of free museums and art galleries spread across the city. With the free to visit contemporary art haven, the Serpentine Gallery just a stone’s throw away from the Grand Royale London Hyde Park, and the riverside sibling galleries Tate Britain and Modern offering up free multimedia and international works, there’s more than enough to keep the struggling artist satisfied.
Many museums throughout the city are also free to visit, allowing for families and friends to enjoy accessible and interactive exhibits exploring everything from the science of static electricity to the reign of the Dinosaurs! Must-visit museums in Central London include the Science Museum and Natural History Museum in South Kensington, and the Bloomsbury based British Museum.