Here are 10 things to do in London on a budget:
Visiting London, surrounded by its wealth of history, culture and beauty, you may think that enjoying the day in the capital means having to splash the cash. London is the most expensive city to live in in the world with the highest rentals in Europe, but there are still hidden gems that can be appreciated for very little, or even for free.
#1 The Changing of the Guard – Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA
The dynamic formation of the guards on parade displaying the full regal ceremonial pomp is a spectacular sight taking place outside Buckingham Palace, home to the Queen. It involves the old guard being replaced by the new. You may even catch a glimpse of the Royal Family if you’re lucky!
#2 Richmond Park – Richmond, Greater London, TW10 5HS
No other city can boast such a vast relaxing park where deer roam freely amongst the long established trees. There are so many activities to choose from like jogging, cycling, golf, fishing and horse-back riding to name a few. This idyllic location offers a great lifestyle and a break from the city: take a look at the rentals with some local reputable estate agents like Leo Newman.
#3 Goldsmiths Hall – Foster Lane, London, EC2V 6BN
There are Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London that received the Royal Charter in 1327. The pursuit of establishing the highest regulatory quality testing in precious metals took place here. There are magnificent jewels and exhibits on display within this architectural haven.
#4 Hyde Park – Hyde Park, London, W2 2UH
Located in the heart of London, this city park is a delightful respite from the fast paced city. There are also interesting monuments to visit such as The Serpentine Bridge, The Joy of Life fountain and the Archiles statue plus the Diana Memorial Fountain. On Sundays, listen to public speeches at Speakers’ Corner.
#5 Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre – Guildhall Yard, London, EC2V 5AE
Head to this long established gallery holding a collection of masterpieces, from 1670 to the present day. The ruins of the Roman Amphitheatre keeps the history of notorious gladiators in wild fights and public executions, plus the circular walls recently excavated in 1988.
#6 Bank of England Museum – Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH
Founded in 1694, step into this historical landmark to discover the background to this global institution. It holds pikes and muskets to guarantee the bank’s safety. Study the historical documents from celebrated individuals like Horatio Nelson and the Duchess of Marlborough.
#7 Imperial War Museum – Lambeth Rd, London, SE1 6HZ
The story of the valiant soldiers who fought during the First World War up to today, is explained through images, documents, and many displays. There are galleries and permanent exhibitions including The Lord Ashcroft Gallery with Extraordinary Heroes and Secret War plus the very moving Holocaust Exhibition.
#8 National Gallery – Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
While roaming Trafalgar Square, step in this extraordinary gallery that holds over 2,000 Western European art work from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Furthermore, take advantage of the lectures, guided tours: there are special events for the younger generation.
#9 The Wallace Collection – Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
Discover an outstanding collection of art (Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Fragonard and Gainsborough) within a London town house. There are 28 rooms with newly restored silk walls and intricate gilding housing French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain. Some were owned by the infamous Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie-Antoinette.
#10 Abbey Road – 3 Abbey Rd, St. John’s Wood, London, NW8 9AY
The worldwide famous zebra crossing as seen on The Beatles’ Abbey Road album cover is a place of reverence for many fans. Back in April 1969, the artists came to record their final album at the Abbey Road recording studios: both the studio and the zebra crossing are firmly stamped as icons of the British music industry.
These are just a handful of memorable places for a visitor to enjoy the amazing city of London so proud of its diverse past and its extraordinary present always welcoming newcomers.
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