London has a reputation for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. The cost of accommodation, dining, nightlife and entertainment can burn a hole through one’s pocketbook if one is not careful; however, like any big city in the world, there are wonderful activities that are absolutely free and can provide for some of the most memorable experiences. The following are five recommendations for travelling in London on the cheap.
For world-class daily street performances, one should head directly to the West Piazza of Covent Garden Market. Every afternoon talented performers take to the streets to entertain the masses. Large crowds, people watching and the opportunity to even participate in some of the acts are just some of the features that make these shows a major draw. To ensure the utmost quality, every single performer has passed an audition/license for the privilege of being able to perform here. It’s a spectacle not to be missed and the best part is that it is absolutely FREE.
It’s no secret that London has some of the best museums the world has to offer. The best part is that all of the major museums found throught the city are free, although some offer special exhibitions for a fee. There are no shortage to choose from but the one that is most highly recommended is the Museum of London. This museum features the history of London from modern times all the way back to its Roman period.
London has plenty of diverse street markets on offer being such a cosmopolitan city. The three most highly regarded include Camden Market, Portobello Market and Greenwich Market. Don’t forget to check out some of the more diverse ethnic markets scattered throughout the city.
Changing of the Guard
It would simply be a mistake not to check out the historic changing of the guard that take place in the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace at 11:30 every day in the summer and every other day in the winter. To get the best views of the Queen’s Guard it is highly recommended one comes early to secure a plum spot.
There are no shortage of wonderful parks in London for tourists and locals to enjoy. Queen Mary’s Rose Gardens is probably at the top of the list. Don’t forget to check out St. Jame’s Park for its stunning views of Buckingham Palace. Finally, Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens and the Diana Memorial Playground are also great options for one to consider.