For a city that has a lot to offer, it is easy to get more than just a little lost in London. What to do, where to go, where to start, even. And, because it is such a cosmopolitan city, it stands to reason that some things come at a premium price. That being said, there is no cause for worry if you’re operating on a budget, as you can still enjoy the city for close to nothing.
Here are some options worth considering:
If art is your thing, then you can begin by touring galleries like the National Portrait Gallery, The Wallace Collection, Tate Modern, and Tate Britain, for starters. You can get your fill of all the art and culture that your heart desires, as many of these galleries offer extended hours. Haven’t gotten enough culture yet? You can move on to the many museums scattered across the city. While most of her major museums don’t charge for admittance, do note that entrance to particular special exhibitions do come with a minimal charge. One particular museum that you shouldn’t miss is the Museum of London, which will show you first-hand how the London of today came about from the ancient Roman times.
If the performing arts is more your thing, you can also catch a lot of performances without spending so much as a shilling. Meander over to the South Bank and get an eye and earful of the many street performers there. You can also go to places like the Southbank Centre, Royal Opera House, National Theatre and St. Martin-in-the-Fields, for free lunchtime performances and recitals.
Meanwhile, if you enjoy being out in the open, and if communing with nature delights you, why not take a walk ‘round town? Pack a few sandwiches and some drinks, sprawl out on the ground and have a little picnic.
Places like St. James’ Park, Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens in Regent Park, Hyde Park, and Kensington Gardens are only a few breathtaking spots that you can spend an afternoon or even a day in.