Europe on a Euro: London

by Mary Del Rosario
Stripes Europe

London is known for being a royal, historic city and, of course, popular for those British accents. However, it’s also known for being pretty pricey. Not to worry, it’s time to “keep calm and carry on” because having a memorable trip to London on a budget is possible!

1. See the hustle and bustle of this teeming metropolis with a free walking tour provided by Sandemans. The tours are offered daily from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the meeting point is at Covent Garden. Tipping is highly appreciated.

2. Eat the breakfast of champions at Cereal Killer Café, a cereal bar filled with countless loved cereal brands and plenty of delicious toppings. Each bowl, customized by you, costs between 4 and 5 pounds.

3. Tour the National Gallery that houses masterpieces by renowned artists such as van Gogh, da Vinci, Michelangelo and Renoir.

4. Educate yourself at the British Museum, a popular museum filled with history and culture. Tickets are 10 pounds for adults and children under 16 are free.

5. Pay a visit to Big Ben, the world’s most famous clock. However, due to renovations, seeing the Queen Elizabeth Tower (the official name) in all its glory may be difficult.

6. See explosions of color in East London from impressive street art. Shoreditch, in particular, is known for its amazing graffiti.

7. Smell the roses and uncover history at Kensington Gardens. This garden is home to ornate treasures that include the Albert Memorial, the Peter Pan Statue and the Diana Memorial Playground. Admission is free.

8. Take a stroll through Hyde Park, London’s largest city park that is part of the Royal Parks of London.

9. Spend some time at St. James Park where many avian wildlife including ducks and pelicans call home. Be sure to bring some bread so your children can feed the birds!

10. Witness the changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace to see how the royals show their nobility. This event is free to all, and to ensure a perfect viewing spot, arrive early.

11. Window-shop your way down Covent Garden, London’s main theater and entertainment area. Though there will be many high-end stores waiting for you, remember that window-shopping can be just as fun!

12. Tour Buckingham Palace, home of the Queen and royal occasions. Adults are 24 pounds and children ages six to 17 are 17 pounds. Children under five are free.

13. Take pictures in front of Tower Bridge, a well-known suspension bridge that crosses the River Thames. For the best shots, head to Butler’s Wharf, a historic building on the southern part of the River Thames.

14. Get your hands on some fish and chips at Poppies Fish and Chips because when in London…The portion you’ll receive of this popular English dish is enough for two people, making it easy on your wallet. 

15. Order an affordable pint at The Chandos, a typical English pub located in the famous Trafalgar Square.

Tip: With many museums and attraction this city offers, buy The London Pass for 69 pounds for adults and 49 pounds for children, in order to gain free entry to over 80 attractions, tours and museums.

Just because London isn’t known for its affordable experiences doesn’t mean it can’t be done. With this budget-friendly list, you and your wallet can experience the fun this city offers!

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