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Things to do in London for Students on a Budget
Visiting #London on a tight budget might seem daunting. However there are a lot of #affordable cultural visits you can do either very cheaply or for free! For an interesting #culture trip, make sure you check out the #art galleries, markets, key historic buildings and more.
The two of us moved to London just weeks after finishing up our respective degrees, so we fully understand the anxiety around how expensive the city is rumored to be. However, with just a bit of research, students and really any budget travelers can have a great time in London on the super cheap. This post talks about a few of those things:
While it may have been easy for the affluent Samuel Johnson to state that ‘when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,' modern visitors to the city are often worried that their experience will be limited due to lack of funds.
when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life
While the UK capital can indeed empty a wallet at lightning speed, there are also plenty of attractions for those on shoestring budgets.
Those who enjoy both a slice of history and a slice of cake will enjoy the Borough Market, which has been in existence since around the 13th century.
enjoy both a slice of history and a slice of cake will enjoy the Borough Market, which has been in existence since around the 13th century
The famous food market is situated south of the river in Southwark, and is best visited on Saturday for maximum people-watching enjoyment.
Houses of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster is the neo-gothic home of Big Ben, as well as the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Houses of Parliament Guided Tours
Forgotten London Walking Tour
Situated on the Middlesex bank of the River Thames, the Palace of Westminster derives its name from the neighboring Westminster Abbey, another Gothic wonder well worth visiting. Explore the entire area (including nearby St James’s Park) at twilight for maximum effect.
The Secrets of Westminster Abbey
Houses of Parliament Guided Tours
Explore the entire area (including nearby St James’s Park) at twilight for maximum effect
The British Film Institute’s South Bank complex has cinemas, bars, and an exhibition space. Its greatest asset however is the Mediatheque, a suite of wide-screen booths where visitors can watch any one of thousands of archive TV shows, films and documentaries for free.
The British Museum has one of the most comprehensive collections on earth, some eight million items. Its seemingly endless galleries contain artifacts from almost every civilization on earth, from the controversial Elgin Marbles statues to the Rosetta Stone.
artifacts from almost every civilization on earth, from the controversial Elgin Marbles statues to the Rosetta Stone
For those studying English courses in London, possibly the very best thing about the museum is that it costs nothing to visit.
Even those who claim not to enjoy art will be wowed by the sheer scale of the National Gallery’s collection, which includes works by artists including Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, and Michelangelo. Like many of London’s best galleries, the National Gallery is free to enter.
Even those who claim not to enjoy art will be wowed by the sheer scale of the National Gallery’s collection
Art-lovers should also make time to visit other great galleries such as the Tate Modern, the Guildhall Art Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, and the Wallace Collection.
Spending time in the company of others is a great way to get a different perspective on the city. If trying to socialize with Londoners seems a little intimidating, then consider enrolling on an English course.
Flickr photos by hexadb, az1172 and ell brown.