9 fun cheap activities for an afternoon in London.
I realised recently that I haven’t even begun to write about my European travels! Shame on me!! Travelling to Europe, most particularly to London, is a rite of passage for any young Australian and I imagine it is also true for other parts of the world. London is one of the most fast paced cities and is steeped in its own history! The city attracts almost 17.4 million visitors per year (source: Office for National Statistics International Passenger Survey) and this number is set to increase in 2016. With the rising numbers of tourists, this city becomes a key destination for young travellers trying to stretch their dollar further. One can easily spend huge amounts of money on fancy dining, transport, shopping, tickets and attractions, but sticking to budget friendly options does not reduce the authenticity or excitement of your trip to London. There are so many fun activities that you can enjoy cheaply or for no cost at all! So allow me to share the love and suggest 9 fun cheap activities for an afternoon in London, so that you can save your pennies and you can splurge on a fancy dinner, or just a few extra pints in the pub!
Here are my 9 top suggestions for fun cheap activities for an afternoon in London.
Visit the Tate Modern
I loved this gallery so much that I went 5 times (yes you read that correctly!) 5 times throughout my entire trip I ended up here seeking warmth/coolness from the afternoon weather conditions, to admire the architecture of this old power plant, to sit in the cafe on the upper level which has a spectacular view over the city of London or to check out more incredible modern art including works by Picasso, Dali or Pollock. Cost- Free!!
Check out the Camden markets
This market is a crazy collection of open air stalls where you could find everything you could possibly ever want, from fashion, arts, craft, foodie delights, henna tattoos or jewellery! They have everything here! You can easily spent hours wandering through the markets and hanging out by the canals. The markets use to only be open on the weekends, but now they do open 7 days with the weekends still being the peak time. Cost- Free entry!
Watch the latest West End musicals
Who doesn’t want to spend an afternoon being wowed with incredible sets, costumes and amazing performances! You can easily purchase tickets from the Official London Ticket Booth located at The Clocktown in Leicester Square, where you can find great deals on the big shows! Cost- Tickets are sold at discounted rates, with some being as low at 50% off.
As a lover of history, especially ancient Egypt, I was overwhelmed with the choice of exhibits. Not only is the museum famous for its brilliant collection but also for its architecture, especially the Greek revival facade and its inner Great Court. Must see items include the Rosetta stone which helped unlock the mysteries of Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Cost- Free!!
Watch the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
If pomp and ceremony is what you seek then you can find it at the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham palace. This ceremony occurs every day during the summer months, and then in an organised schedule (usually every second day) at other times of year. The ritual involves one regiment of the guard taking over duty from another, and has happened in this public forum since 1660. The ceremony officially commences at 11.30am, but it’s best to arrive before 11.15am to secure the best spots. Cost- Free!
Hang out in Trafalgar square.
This is one of the best spots to people watch. The public square is home to stunning water features and impressive monuments making it a perfect spot to chill out. Cost- Absolutely nothing!
Wander through and feed your hungry belly at the Borough Markets.
This fresh food centre of London features some of the best international and British produce, such as fresh seafood, handmade sweets and excellent espresso coffee. Cost- it’s free to enter, but you’ll pay for any foodie treats you discover!
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A is home to a huge collection of design and arts bases objects. It’s impressive collection spans over 5000 years of art, from ancient civilisations to modern designs. I loved hanging out in the central garden around the water feature which is a perfect spot to rest, especially on a hot summers day! Cost- Free!!
Walk around Hyde Park
This iconic green landscape is the largest park you’ll find in the City of London. It’s an ideal location to spend an afternoon wandering. Make sure to check out Speakers corner, the famous rose garden, the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain and the Serpentine lake. Cost- Not a cent!
Clearly there are so many amazing options for you to spend an afternoon exploring the sites and history of London without having to spend a fortune! Buy a tube ticket and off you go exploring!
Have you found an awesome cheap and fun way to spend an afternoon in London? I’d love to hear from you!!