London on a Budget

18 Mar 2016

A picture of the River Thames London
London is the bustling capital of the UK and there are an endless amount of free and budget-friendly things to do to make your visit one to remember. Today Lydia from Lovely Jubbly shares five fab ideas for how to experience London on a budget.

1. Visit a Gallery.
I love visiting galleries, there's something about the way you're able to wander around and forget any worries that I really like. Many of them also have lovely cafes which are perfect if you fancy a bite to eat. My favourite is the Tate Modern as the top floor restaurant has a magnificent view of the Thames. 
My favourite galleries; Saatchi Gallery// National Portrait Gallery // Tate Modern // National Gallery

2. Visit a Museum.
If art really doesn't interest you there are plenty of fantastic museums dotted all over London covering a range of different subjects. Museum's are the perfect places for any age and especially great if you've got children as they keep the kids interested, are educational and mean you're not handing over a load of cash. 
My favourite museums; Natural History Museum // London Transport Museum // Victoria & Albert Museum

3. Sky Garden.
Viewing London from a height can be extremely costly, the likes of the Shard can set you back at £50 which really isn't ideal. The Sky Garden is located on the top floor of the 'Walkie Talkie' Building and it's completely free to go right to the top and get a breath-taking view of the city, you can even grab a drink or meal at one of the restaurants if you fancy it. Just remember, you must book ahead as slots do get taken up. Book Here.

4. Look around some markets.
London has some of the best markets around, catering for so many different interests; whether you love food, antiques, flowers or a bit of everything a quick wander round a market is free and you might even pick up some bargains! 
My Favourite markets; Portobello Road Market // Borough Market // Camden Market

5. Hire some Boris Bikes and pack a picnic.
This is something I haven't actually done but I think it sounds amazing, if it's a lovely day a nice ride through the park with the reward of a picnic could be the perfect treat for all the family;- you could even take along a few games or tennis rackets and make a day of it! There are some many beautiful areas is London that provide some tranquillity away from the hustle and bustle of the hectic city. 
My Favourite; Hyde Park // Primrose Hill // Kensington Gardens

Visiting London really doesn't have to be as expensive as it first appears and I'm sure there are so many more free and amazing things to do. Do you know of any other budget-friendly things to do in London?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR | Lydia writes over at Lovely Jubbly, a blog that covers beauty, fashion and lifestyle with a dash of inspiration and stunning photography. You can also find Lydia over on Twitter @LovelyJubbly8 and Instagram @Lydiaa_Bowden

Lydia is one of my fab guest bloggers helping me out whilst I settle into life as a new mum. I hope you enjoyed Lydia's post on her favourite things to do in London on a budget, it's definitely made me miss my University days and being in London each week! Do you have a favourite place or attraction in the UK you think Tattooed Tealady readers should check out?