Cutting back and keeping up – London on a budget

Cutting back and keeping up – London on a budget

It’s fair to say that London is not known for being inexpensive, but with a bit of thought and some comfortable walking shoes, you can definitely stick to your budget without compromising on the enjoyment levels.

As a starting point, pack up a picnic and head to Hyde Park. Before you settle down to your sandwiches, why not see what’s going on at Speakers’ Corner? Located on the north-east edge of Hyde Park, nearest Marble Arch and Oxford Street, it’s been a traditional site for public speeches and debates since the mid 1800’s when protests and demonstrations took place in Hyde Park.

Carry on south and stroll through Green Park. You’ll be practically rubbing shoulders with the royal family as you pass Buckingham Palace. Have a look out for the Royal Standard (not to be confused with the Union flag), but if it’s flying, it means the King is in residence.

Another short walk will take you to Westminster, next to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. It’s a great place to pick up the Uber Boat to the South Bank.

Keep your wits about you when you land – it’s an area known as a favourite of skate boarders and trick cyclists! But there’s a whole range of creativity on offer. Fuel your artistic side at Leake Street. These former railway arches next to the famous Graffiti Tunnel were brought back to life in 2008, when none other than Banksy turned the tunnel into a celebration of urban art and exhibition space. Today, still an oasis of street art, Leake Street actively encourages graffiti on the walls and ceilings.

There are also food and book stalls flanked by street artists and buskers. Before you know it you’ll have reached the famous Tate Modern gallery – definitely worth a visit, and with free entry, you can’t go wrong. If you’re there in time for dinner, you can do a lot worse than grabbing a bite to eat at the Borough Market. You’ll be supporting a growing community of small artisan businesses and enjoying some amazing, tasty food.

This is just a sample of the amazing treats in London that are free or won’t break the bank. There’s so much to explore and enjoy.

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