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Visiting a king’s city on a pauper’s #budget can be tricky, but #affordable activities in the incredible city of #London make it easy for travelers to experience the best of this city without breaking the bank. All you really need to start is a solid breakfast, and tea, of course.
A very British experience usually costs a very British pound and for a traveller on a budget that means you might not get to experience everything London has to offer. But by planning ahead and dusting off your walking shoes you can get a curated taste of London for the same price the average traveller spends on accommodation alone.
Finding an affordable place to stay, isn’t that hard. If you’re keen to meet people from all over the world, a hostel is the perfect option. The Generator Hostel in London offers modern shared rooms and an edgy vibe. You get a lot of bang for your buck and it’s also located close to the city centre.
...modern shared rooms and an edgy vibe
Hotel Generator Hostel London
Choosing one of the many budget-friendly activities in London can be challenging. A day-long walk through the city around the Thames will give you an idea of what you’d like to do during the rest of your stay.
The tried and tested way to explore London by foot is with a guided tour. Not only will you get to experience a day in the life of this great city, but you’ll get insider info about all the attractions you visit.
You'll get insider info about all the attractions you visit
Fun London Tours offers an Essential London guided walking tour. For about $18 you get to go on a 2-hour tour that includes well-known London attractions.
Fun London Tour
Houses of Parliament Guided Tours
After grabbing breakfast at the hostel (you can make your own in the kitchen), you can head over to Piccadilly Circus. It’s only 1.4 miles from the hostel, so a 30-minute walk should get you there on time. The tour group meets at 09:50 am between the statue of Eros and the Lillywhites store.
From there, the team from Fun London Tours will stroll with you to Leicester Square. If you want to catch a movie whilst in London, this is the place to go. Many a world-class première has been held at the Odeon Theatre.
Your group will then move on to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. The tour guide will share many interesting tidbits about this impressive building as well as the well-known square it’s situated in.
Then you’ll move on to the Horse Guards Parade where many official ceremonies are held throughout the year. You might also catch a glimpse of the prime minister at 10 Downing Street on your way to the magnificent Westminster Abbey. The tour ends off at the Big Ben right after you’ve visited the Houses of Parliament.
By now your tummy should be rumbling, and there’s no more British way to fill that grumbling void than by getting a good pub lunch. The Red Lion in Parliament Street offers a pie and ale tasting board. The pub is rumoured to serve the best pie in the city, so go grab some grub.
The pub is rumoured to serve the best pie in the city ...
The perfect way to end of your first London encounter is by getting a bird’s view of what yet needs to be explored. So head over the Westminster Bridge to the infamous London Eye. It’s best to book your ticket for this sky-high ride ahead of time and Evan Evans Tours is just the place to do it.
Evan Evans Tour London Eye
Houses of Parliament Guided Tours
Your walk back home along the South Bank to Waterloo Bridge shouldn’t take more than 40 minutes - just enough time to plan your next big London adventure.