London is a great city with a vibrant history and great culture. In the last five years, London has been frequently visited by people from all around the world. As every capital, London is an expensive city to live in, not to mention tour. However, we have found how you can have fun in London without spending lots of money. Here are our suggestions:
- The exhibition of The London Bridge
The London Bridge is one of the most significant monuments in London. Everyone can recognise it as a part of the city. The bridge was built 120 years ago. At that time, it was a controversial building because of its facilitation in ship transportation. The exhibition consists of the whole history of the bridge: from its inception to maintaining it over the years. There is also a glass floor in the Walkways so you can have a spectacular view of London. The price for this exhibition is 8£ for adults.
For more information, visit towerbridge.org.uk
- Cycling in the parks
If you are a big fan of nature, this option will suit your well. In London, you can find bike stations where it is possible to rent a bike for the whole day. You can choose Hyde Park which is one of the London’s favourite parks. You can also find The Diana, Princess of Wales, Memorial Fountain there. The second most favourite park is The Regent’s Park. This park has a long history with lots of places for outdoor sports, such as football or softball. Richmond Park is the best option for cycling. It is big enough for a long ride with amazing nature and great atmosphere. If you are lucky, you can also see deer. The price for renting a bike is around £2, so take advantage of the good weather and get moving!
For more information, visit www.visitlondon.com/things-to- do/openspace/best-parks- in-london
- Visiting museums
One of the greatest things about London is the museums. London has many of the museums which are free of charge. You can enjoy breath-taking monuments with great collections from the whole world. The most popular museum is The Victoria and Albert museum where you can find collections from various fields of art: decorative art, photography, ceramics, sculpture and more. The oldest museum in the world is the British Museum. There you can explore the secrets of Egyptian history or Parthenon. If you would like to know more about the history of London from the prehistoric times to the present, visit the Museum of London.
For more information, visit www.timeout.com/london/museums/free-museums- in-london
- Vauxhall City Farm
It is not usual to see farm animals in the city, but in Vauxhall City Farm you can find almost all of them. This farm is a home of pigs, sheep or rabbits. It is a place with an ecologic atmosphere where you can enjoy the pleasure of nature in a picnic area. It is fun for kids and adults. Everyone can find their “place” there. The entrance is free for everyone.
For more information, visit vauxhallcityfarm.org
- The Changing of the Guard
The Changing of the Guard is a great ceremony outside of the Buckingham Palace which you must see at least once in your life. The guards are dressed in traditional uniforms of the Queen’s Guard: red tunics and bearskin hats. The changing starts at 11.30 AM and it lasts around 45 minutes. You can see the ceremony from April to July for free and on alternate days from August to March. The ceremony is a very popular event, so be sure to come earlier to catch the best spot to watch.
For more information, visit www.visitlondon.com/things-to- do/event/8725947-changing- the-guard
- Sky Garden
Sky Garden is the highest public garden in London. In the garden, you can enjoy a panoramic view of the city. “The Sky Garden has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure, offering visitors a rare chance to experience London from a different viewpoint.” Nature and architecture lovers will be pleased because the shape of the building was a big challenge for its creators. The visit of Sky Garden is free but you must book a ticket in advance.
For more information, visit skygarden.london/sky-garden
- National Gallery
Art is part of our daily life. We can find it everywhere: in fashion, books, even technology. But the art which is in the National Gallery is part of our history, something that gives us reason to think. The National Gallery has various collections from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. You can get inspired by the work of Botticelli, Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Renoir and more. Free audio guides in multiple languages are available in the gallery. This exponential walk you can enjoy for free almost the whole year.
For more information, visit nationalgallery.org.uk
- Regent Street
Regent Street is one of the most popular streets in the capital. It is situated in the middle of the city with famous international stores, such as Apple, Banana Republic or Liberty. If you are looking for a unique shopping experience, you must visit Regent Street which can easily compete with Champs-Elysees or Fifth Avenue. The street is the world’s first shopping street built up just for this purpose.
For more information, visit regentstreetonline.com
- St. Katharine Docks (Luxury Yachts)
St. Katharine Docks has got a reputation for handling valuable cargos from around the world. The whole complex of the docks is built on a site which has a history of over 1,000 years. On this side of the city, you can find any cuisine you fancy. From the Indian cuisine to the old fashioned English pub. You can get there by car, tube, bus or riverboat – the location has great transport links. You can also get there having a nice and fresh walk along the Thames from Tower Bridge.
For more information, visit skdocks.co.uk
10. House of MinaLima
If you’re a Harry Potter fan, we have something extra for you. This will take you into the Harry Potter world without travelling far. The House of MinaLima is situated in central London. The owners of the house are the designers behind the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts. In this house, you can find almost every movie graphic art, such as the express ticket to Hogwarts, Marauder’s Map or a copy of the Daily Prophet. The house relates to a shop so you will have a chance to take a souvenir. Don’t hesitate to visit the Harry Potter world once again.
For more information, visit store.minalima.com/house-of-minalima
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Written by Petra K.