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Exploring London on a Budget

Find new parts of London every weekend whilst sticking to a budget

By Hugh Spencer (Sponsored post)

Over the years London has gained a reputation as one of the most expensive cities in the world. While it is certainly easy to blow your humble wage in the UK’s capital, living in London and exploring its attractions doesn’t have to cost a fortune. There are plenty of ways to enjoy low-cost weekends in the Big Smoke.

#1 Walking

It may sound obvious, but one of the best ways to enjoy London on the cheap is just to take it in by foot. It is a huge city, but fortunately it is pretty flat, and there is no shortage of sights to enjoy or free walking tours to take advantage of. From a walk through Hyde Park, or a stroll along the Thames, you will see so many iconic sights that you’ve seen in the films that you’ll likely lose count. It costs nothing to walk to the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, or the Tower of London, not to mention countless other famous locations in the city.

#2 Museums

British Museum - Photo by Ian Muttoo

British Museum – Photo by Ian Muttoo

You should really take advantage of the myriad museums in London while living here. Many of the most famous offer free entry, and those that charge will certainly offer your money’s worth with hours of things to see. Your first port of call should be the British Museum. With a vast array of exhibits on display, don’t worry if you only manage to see a fraction of them on your first visit. Next on your list should be a trip to Ripley’s Believe it or Not. Located slap-bang in the centre of the city at No.1 Piccadilly Circus, Ripley’s London is home to hundreds of weird and wonderful sights, that’ll stay with you long after you leave.

#3 Eating Out

exmouth market

Famous as one of the gastronomic centres of the world, there is no shortage of Michelin-starred restaurants in London. Thankfully for those not willing to delve too deep, there are a great many places that offer first-rate grub at a lower price. If you don’t mind walking while you chow down, you will get to enjoy some of the best street food in Britain at the Exmouth Market and at Berwick Street Market. If you’d rather sit down, try one of the Honest Burger joints dotted over the capital, for World-class burgers at reasonable prices. Take a look at our tips for eating out for cheap in London.

You can spend as much or as little as you want in London and have a great time either way. Living here can sometimes feel like a really long, yet equally brilliant, city break, because you’ll come across a new area, attraction or watering hole everyday – with plenty to suit your budget. Just don’t be sucked in by the tube (and its extortionate prices) unless you really have to.

Author’s Bio: 

Hugh Spencer is a freelance graphic designer, currently living in SE London. He is passionate about photography and finding influences around the city.

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