There’s no denying it, London is an expensive place to live or visit. In fact, it’s been identified as one of the most expensive cities in the world. But don’t lose heart, here’s our list of ways to get the most out of the city without breaking the bank:
1. Museums and galleries
London boasts some of the most impressive museums and galleries in the world. Best of all, soaking up a bit of culture in the capital won’t set you back a penny as many places charge no entry-fee! Check out this list of London’s free museums and galleries together with their opening times.
2. Parks and Green Spaces
Dotted around London are a plethora of beautiful green spaces that are completely free to enjoy. In fact, 47% of the city is made up of green spaces, so there’s no excuse to not get outside and soak up some nature. Try Regent’s Park for beautiful flower gardens, or Epping Forest to truly escape the city.
Whilst enjoying London’s green spaces, why not hire a bike? London’s self-service bicycle-hiring scheme, Santander cycles (aka Boris Bikes), offers a great way to explore the city on a budget. Hiring a bike costs just £2 for 24 hours, and bike docks can be found all over the city centre. See this list for some of the best routes within the city.
4. Special Offers
For the savvy bargain hunter, there are some great offers and deals to be found for London’s best restaurants, attractions and events. Discounts are easy to find online through sites like groupon, vouchercloud, and TimeOut, to name a few.
5. Free Festivals and Events
Throughout the year, London is home to an array of free festivals and cultural events. To whet your appetite, coming up in September there’s The Bermondsey Street Festival (19th September) and the ongoing Paddington Festival.
Written by Grace Waters