We all know how hotels, restaurants, and museums around London tend to be a little on the pricey side. Don’t fret, you can still get around the city and without having to spend a fortune. From museums, parks, markets, churches to galleries, the whole of London is yours to enjoy.
We begin with:
• Temple Church – Located smack dab between Fleet Street and the River Thames, this 12th century church is a must-see, whether or not you’re a fan of Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code,” if not for its impressive architecture and historical value alone.
•The Wallace Collection – Kept at the Hertford House, this small London gallery is arguably one of the best places to visit if you want to catch a glimpse of what it was like to be a member of the aristocracy in the 18th century. The mansion itself, together with its superb art work, is definitely an experience you won’t forget.
• The Whitechapel Gallery – On the north side of Whitechapel High Street, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the Whitechapel Gallery is known as one of the first publicly-funded galleries in London. Designed by Charles Harrision Townsend, it was founded in 1901, its main focus to promote the work of contemporary artists, and stage exhibitions that benefit the local communities.
• The Tate Britain and the Tate Modern – Found on the Millbank and Bankside districts of London respectively, the Tate Britain and Tate Modern are but half of the four-part Tate gallery group. The former houses British masterpieces between the 16th and late 20th centuries, while the latter boasts of approximately 60,000 Rodin, Matisse, Warhol, and Pollock masterpieces, all of which can be viewed for free (not unless there’s a special exhibit, which charges about £8-10 for admission).
• The Museum of London—Contained within the Barbican Complex, the Museum of London is arguably one of the best places to visit within London, as it showcases the city’s many incarnations from prehistoric times to the present day.
• Borough Market – With its origins dating back to the 13th century, Borough Market in Southwark is a foodie’s paradise. As a wholesale market, it is open daily from 2 a.m. to 8 a.m. As a retail market however, it is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursdays, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
• Portobello Road Market – Running almost the entire length of Notting Hill in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in West London, the Portobello Road Market (open on Saturdays) started out as a fresh-foods market in the 19th century. Today, however, it is the place to be to go for antiques, artwork, and interesting thrifted clothing. So go out and explore the city. She has a lot more to offer than you think.