Things to do in London on a tight budget Although London is considered one of the most expensive places on earth you don’t need to be royalty to have a good time. If you’re visiting and a bit strapped for cash this useful guide will make you feel you’ve made the most of your money in the capital. Here are cleverly listed things to do for free and stuff to do for under a tenner – perfect for those days you’re counting the pennies

For Free

  Have a Picnic Despite what you may have heard London in no concrete jungle, it actually prides itself on being one of the world’s greenest capitals. Make yourself some lunch, get a good book or just settle down at one of its many parks and watch the world go by. With beautiful spots such as Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and Battersea Park to choose from you’ll never have to worry about getting out in the fresh air again.  

Columbia Road Flower Market Columbia Road, E2 7RG. Liverpool Street or Old Street tube. Rise and shine as you’ll need to make an early start if you want the pick of the bunch! This market is literally bursting with colour and smells as buckets of flowers overflow the street. Open on Sunday only.   In fact London has numerous markets occuring all the time, but especially on weekends.  Strolling through one of these street markets is one of the great activities to do in London that is free.  Consider these other markets:  Spitalfields, Borough Market, Broadway Market, Brick Lane, and Portobello Road.

 For a little bit of Royal Britannia nothing is quiet as special as the Changing of the Guards tradition. Inside the forecourt of Buckingham Palace, this ceremony takes place at 11.30 every day (unless it’s particularly wet weather).   However, it’s probably best if you get there at least 30 minutes early if you want a good position to see it all.  Also nearby is Royal Horseguards (view on Whitehall north of Downing Street) where a small amount of pomp is always on display. 

See a Free Gig: Many of London’s hippest and up and coming bands now play free gigs in well-known venues or record shops across London .

The Notting Hill Arts Club often showcases free bands on Saturday afternoons. You can also see bands perform regularly at the record shops Rough Trade East   and Rough Trade West . Just be prepared to get there early for popular acts as it works on first come, first served basis.

Churches:  Almost all of London's churches are free to enter and tour.  With many built by famous architects such as Christopher Wren or Nicholas Hawksmoor there are no shortage of significant buildings to explore.  London's two most famous cathedrals, (Westminster Abbey and St. Pauls Cathedral) charge a pretty penny to get in and look around but if you're a cathedral lover on a budget, the red-brick Westminster Cathedral is free to get into and very pretty to look around in. You can also pay a small fee to go to the top of the tower but this is the only thing that costs.

For a list of some unique free activities to consider all over London click here.

The British Museum, which can be reached via the Russell Square Tube station, is free to get into and very entertaining with exhibits such as the Rosetta Stone and the Chinese Jade statues. The British Museum has hourly free guided tours by experts. All of the publicly owned Museums and Art Galleries are free to enter and most arrange free tours. There's the Tate Britain and Modern, the National Gallery, The Portrait Museum, The Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum and many others.

It’s not just Goths and vampires who enjoy London’s most interesting cemetery.   Designated Grade 1 on the English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest, Highgate Cemetery is somewhat special.   Many famous and notable people buried here including Karl Mark, author of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams and British painter Lucian Freud, which help make the place brim with historical interest.  Full of wild flowers and tress the cemetery makes a pretty walk too.   Entry £3 for adults or £2 for students.   Guided Saturday tour £7 for adults or £5 for students.

For under a tenner

How to Tour central London by Public Bus. The number 11 bus tour In fact riding in the front of the top of a double decker bus is one of London's greatest cheap rides.

Mem & Laz brassiere 8 Theberton Street, N1 0QX. Angel or Highbury & Islington tube. They say there is no such thing as a free lunch but getting a three course lunch at this delightful brassiere for under a tenner is not far off. Mem & Laz provides delicious Mediterranean -inspired food from traditional char-grilled Kofte’s and mouth-watering Parmigiano. This little gem is in a great location too – just off Upper Street in Islington. 2 course menu £7.95 or 3 course menu £9.95

See a Theatre Show For Next To Nothing If culture is your thing you can catch some of the best shows in town all for the bargain price of £10 . Travelex offer £10 deals for shows being performed at The National Theatre . There is also £10 Monday deals at the   Royal Court  and £10 nights at   Lyric Hammersmith.   It’s also recommended to check the websites for last minute £15 deals and

So now your off? Good luck and have fun! 

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