Oh, how I love this city. It was the first european city that I visited and I definitely now understand why it is the most visited city on earth. It is a place filled with history, culture and class and it almost imposible to be without something to do. Its one of those magical places that can be visited again and again and always be surprised. Every day you see something new and interesting.
Being a city thats always on top of many travelers bucket list it is expected to be a little expensive, but like every great city there are many free activities and things to do that don’t require a large amount of money.
By following the next tips you can plan your trip on a budget:
- All landmarks are relatively close to each other, or can easily be reached using London’s public transit. So in order to make the most of your time in London, pick up an Oyster Card (or a Visitor Oyster Card). You can purchase one at the airport or at one of the London tube stations.
- FREE attractions & activities:
Museums & Galleries — British Museum | Museum of London | National Gallery | National Maritime Museum | National Portrait Gallery | Natural History Museum | Victoria & Albert Museum | Tate Modern | Tate Britain
Parks & Gardens — Hyde Park | Regents Park | St James’s Park | Kensington Palace Gardens | Hampstead Heath | Richmond Park
Markets – Borough Market | Portobello Road | Camden Markets | Brick Lane Market | Columbia Road Flower Market | Greenwich Market | Old Spitalfields Market ~ (Technically they are not free because you are going to be shopping, but they have no entrance fee.)
Other — Changing of the Guard | Old Royal Naval College | Abbey Road | Trafalgar Square | Thames Walk | Platform 9 ¾ | Covent Garden
- Sandermans New Europe offers free walking tours in cities all over the continent including London. In about two and a half hours your guide will show you around some of London’s most famous sights and at the end of the tour it’s totally up to you if you want to tip the guide or not.
- In regards to the accomadations, it can be fairly difficult to adquire a good place that is cheap and nice. If you are on a budget, staying at one of the YHA Hostels can be a good option. Another adequate option is to search on booking.com for a place that is accommodated to your budget.
48 H O U R I T I N E R A R Y
My flight came in late, so we decided to take advantage of the night and admire the lights at Piccadilly Circus that is known for its big, spectacular LED outdoor advertising billboard screens on the north-western corner between Regent Street and Shaftesbury Avenue. We also walked around Oxford Street, Regent Street and Carnaby Street, to do a little bit of window shopping – which happens to be inevitable. These streets have some of the best high-street and luxury shopping in London.
The next day we started by visiting the National Gallery and enjoying the view from the iconic Trafalgar Square. We then went to Covent Garden and to one of the cutest places, Neal’s Yard.
Afterwards we headed over to Buckingham Palace at 11:30 to watch the changing of the guard, something that you can't miss during your first visit to London. It is important to get their relatively early if you want to get a good spot, it usually can get quite crowded.
Make your way over to Westminster Abbey. If you don’t want to pay to see the inside, at least marvel on the buildings 700 year old exterior. Now head towards the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. You can't go to London and not grab a snapshot of this classic location. From here you can admire the London Eye. We suggest riding it because the view is incomparable.
Walk along the Thames River and bask in the London landmarks. Once you reach the Millennium Bridge you will spot St Paul's Catedral. Even if you're not religious, you should climb its stairs to the very top and check out the view; its quite beautiful. After this, continue onwards and visit all the spots along the river all the way to Tower of London.
Nothing Hill was our last stop of the day if you’re up for an adventure, you could hunt down the famous “blue door” from the Notting Hill film, located at 1eh, 280 Westbourne Park Road. The area has become famous for it’s market, celebrity residents, beautiful Victorian houses and brunch.
I was staying near Hyde Park, so I left visiting this location for the last day of my stay. My flight was leaving late so we decided to take advantage of the morning and enjoy a walk through the park and see the Kensington Palace & Garden, Victoria & Albert Museum and the Natural History Museum.
O T H E R
- Shop at Harrods
- Snap that iconic Beatles Photograph on Abbey Road
- Enjoy a full English Breakfast
- London’s King’s Cross Station
- See a show on the West End
- Catch a game of tennis at Wimbledon
- Go to the top of Primrose Hill
- Jump on a red double decker bus
- Make a day trip
- Make a call from a Red Telephone Box or at least take the photo
- Eat fish and chips
- Marble Arch
- Have breakfast at Cereal Killer Cafe
- Shakespeare’s Globe
- Visit as many Pubs as you can at least one
- Watch a football match at Wembley Stadium
- Enjoy a great city view from the Shard
Enjoy a afternoon tea at a fancy hotel the best are: The Ritz, The Dorchester, Claridge’s, Brown’s, Pret-a-Portea, The Corinthia Hotel, Mad Hatters Afternoon Tea, London Bus Afternoon Tea, Townhouse Tea, Fortnum and Mason, Twilight Tea and Shangri-La at the Shard.
Make a day trip to Oxford | Blenheim Palace | Woodstock | The Cotswolds | Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour | Brighton | Edinburgh and Bristol - There are some great day trips to be had from London. I did the one that lets you go to 3 places in one day ~ Windsor Castle | Bath | Stonehenge click on the link below to see this post.
For your convenience we’ve even created a free printable bucket list (linked at the bottom of this article)
I got a bit excited with this post but i just love London to much and I cant wait to go back!!
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So there you have it! I hope you enjoy exploring London as much as I did. If you have your own London must-do’s to add to this list… Share them below in the comments!