London on a Budget

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world... but it doesn't always have to be. Here are some cheap and free things to do in London.

By Gina

One of the benefits of living in London is that you're never short of things to do, even when you're bank statement isn't looking great. If you're stuck for what you can do on a tight budget, here is some inspiration for you; 


As summer is fast approaching and it almost time to get outside and explore London's fresh outdoors and being in London, there certainly isn't a shortage of walk routes. One of my favourite things to do on a nice day is to get the tube to London Bridge and walk along the Southbank towards Westminster, but if you don't fancy the views of the Southbank, how about walking through one of London's many famous parks? Regents Park, St. James's Park, Greenwich Park and Hyde Park are just a few of Londons parks just waiting to be explored. Another worth mentioning is the route along Regents Canal from Little Venice to Camden Town - you can even finish off your walk with some drinks at Camden Lock. 

Museums and Galleries  

If it is a bit of a grey day and you don't fancy being outside, then why not explore a museum or gallery? Some of London's most popular destinations include Natural History Museum (which I personally love for the dinosaur skeletons), The Science Museum, The V&A, Tate Modern and The National Gallery. If you're a music fan, then you may want to check out 'The Vault' located in the basement of the Hard Rock Cafe which holds a collection of rock memorabilia. If you are looking for a specific kind of museum, some of these may interest you (some of which cost a small admission fee); The Cartoon Museum, Pollock's Toy Museum, The Crime Museum, Magic Circle Museum and the Museum of Brands, Packing and Advertising. If you're interested in urban art outside of galleries, Brick Lane in Shoreditch has an amazing variety of street art to discover, including stencil art, murals, paste up art, political/environmental art and even Banksy. 


If you're looking for a fun night out then what better to do than enjoy a few night of stand up comedy. From new and upcoming comedians, to those who are well known comedians who are testing out some new material. Angel Comedy is probably the most popular free comedy club in London - however because of it's popularity it is known to get busy quickly, so it you are planning on going, get there early! Unless you are seeing a very well known comedian, then comedy clubs in London can be a cheap night out and generally offer student friendly prices, Other cheaper comedy clubs worth checking out include; Laugh Out Loud, Piccadilly Comedy Club, Happy Mondays, Old Rope and Camden Comedy Club.


Whether its clothes, food, art, flowers, or antiques, then London markets are a great place start and can be part of a great day out. If you’re looking for food, then Borough Market and Camden Lock Market are two of my favourite places - although the food comes at a range of prices there are definitely cheaper food stalls on offer, and you won’t be stuck for a lack of choice. From pizza, to curry to dutch pancakes, you can have whatever you fancy! If you want to update your wardrobe then the wide range of clothing markets will not disappoint. If its vintage clothes you’re looking for then Brick Lane Market and Old Spitalfields Market are definitely worth having a rummage through. Other markets worth exploring include Greenwich Market, Covent Garden Jubilee Hall Market, and Portobello Road. 

With these just being a few of so many options, you should never be stuck of things to do in London so get exploring! 



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