There are plenty of ways to enjoy the views of London without spending a fortune
Enjoy the FREE Sky Garden on 35th floor of London’s latest skyscraper or take in the views of London from the free public roof terrace at the One New Change. Why not climb the 311 steps to the top of the Monument to enjoy aerial views of many of London’s historic sights & even climb Big Ben!
More details available at Budget Views of London.
More Budget London Information
Budget Trip Down the River Thames
The commuter ferry, know as the Thames Clipper, offers a great trip down the Thames at a fraction of the price of other river cruises!
With ferries running from London Eye to Greenwich, you can take in all the sights along the Thames including Tower Bridge, Houses of Parliament & Canary Wharf plus pick up discounts with travelcards & oyster cards too.
More details available at Discover the River Thames on a Budget.
Straddle The Meridian Line For Free
Whilst most people purchase tickets to the Royal Observatory to straddle the Greenwich Meridian Line, you can do this for FREE!
Straddle the Meridian Line and you’ll be standing with a foot in both the eastern & western hemispheres…it’s got to be done & draws hundreds of thousands of tourist each year.
To find out how to enjoy this for FREE, go to Greenwich on a Budget.
Budget London; Free Tickets to the Ceremony of Keys at the Tower of London
Here’s a chance to watch a 700 year old tradition in operation at the Tower of London…and it’s FREE! The Ceremony of the Keys is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London that takes place every night without fail.
Visitors can watch this ceremony at the Tower of London that takes place each evening for free plus your guide for the night will give you an entertaining low down on the history of the Ceremony of the Keys.
More details available at The Ceremony of the Keys.
Free Entertainment in London; Covent Garden
There is a never ending stream of entertainers at Covent Garden so there is bound to be something for everyone at this venue.
Acts tend to last around 20/30 minutes and often involves audience participation! Whilst we like suggest things to do on a budget, do remember to tip the entertainers as this is how they make their living.
Budget London Accommodation
Buckingham Palace, Clarence House & Windsor Castle; FREE Annual Pass
If you are planning to visit Buckingham Palace, Clarence House or Windsor Castle, did you know you can pick up a FREE annual pass upgrade for The Royal Collection?
Simply purchase a day ticket directly from the Royal Collection and pick up a 1-Year Pass, that gives you 12 months’ complimentary admission to the Royal visitor attraction,(s) that you have visited.
More details available at Free Annual Pass Upgrade to Buckingham Palace & Royal Collection Settings.
Tower Bridge For Free
This working bridge sits over the River Thames and remains one the symbolic images of the city of London. If you don’t want to spend out on a visit, you can simply watch the lifting of Tower Bridge from the bank of the river that always goes down a treat with children & adults alike. Lift times & days vary so worth planning this in advance to avoid disappointment.
More information on cheap ticket options & lift timings over at our Guide to Tower Bridge.
London Street Art Tours
This quirky tour around the East End of London, in the company of your guide, gives you a new perspective on contemporary art! The added advantage is that the tour runs on a ‘pay-what-you-like’ basis too.
More details available at London Street Art Tours.
More Budget London Ideas
Budget London; Free Things To Do
All the ‘National’ Museums in London are FREE & full of interactive exhibits for children of all ages. Try the Science Museum in Kensington full to brimming with interactive activities where we particularly loved the waterplay area.
Check out the British Museum which is one of the greatest museums of human history & culture and contains some fascinating finds throughout the ages. Again this museum is free of charge and you can even ‘enjoy’ a sleepover in the dark, (charged event), if you dare!
Unusual Way To Explore The River Thames
Opt to explore the River Thames from above, below or even sailing along the Thames without spending a fortune. From the Thames Cable Cars to the Greenwich Foot Tunnel to the Thames Commuter Ferry, there are plenty of ways to explore the River Thames on a budget.
More details available at River Thames on a Budget.
More Budget London Information
Budget London; Santander Cycles, (aka Boris Bikes)
The Santander Cycle Hire Scheme is a great way to get around London on the cheap and ideal for exploring the London Parks, (some restrictions on use). Bikes are available to everyone over the age of 14 and offers a cost effective method of seeing London on a budget as the first 30 minutes of every journey is free.
More details are available at London Santander Cycles.
Free Tours of the Houses of Parliament & Big Ben
Did you know that UK residents can take advantage of FREE tours of the Houses of Parliament & Big Ben? These FREE tours of the Houses of Parliament are also available during Parliament session times so you may also catch some action.
More details available at Houses of Parliament Tours.
More London Eye Information
Free Street Entertainment; South Bank
The South Bank transformation began with the London Eye but has developed over the years into a vibrant area full of street entertainers, bars & cafes.
Put into the mix the new playground at Jubilee Gardens, (located just in front of the London Eye) & skatepark that lies on the undercroft of the Southbank Centre and you’ve entertainment galore for all the family.
Again, do remember to tip the entertainers if you are going to watch their show.
Cheap London Aquarium
Check out the aquarium at the Horniman Museum, Forest Hill, that offers entry from just a few pounds. This is an ideal aquarium for younger children and offers a day out at a fraction of standard aquarium costs.
More details available at The Horniman Museum.
Budget London; Free Playgrounds
Located within Kensington Gardens and based upon Peter Pan’s Neverland, the Diana Memorial Playground is was an idyllic spot for adults and children alike.
With water & musical features, pirate ships and wigwams to explore, this extensive play area is fantastic for under 10′s.
Exploring London on a Budget; London Markets
The London markets offer an opportunity to explore a different side to the capital city experience and a chance to pick up a bargain to boot! Our favourite has to be Camden Market to check out the world of alternative fashion.
There are plenty of other markets to choose from including Portobello Road, (antique & flea market) & Columbia Road, (Sunday Flower Market).
Budget London; Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace
Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace takes place every day between May & July and offers a FREE look at the royal guards in actions accompanied by a Royal Guards band…children & adults alike will enjoy this experience.
You can also take see similar ceremonies at Windsor Castle & Horse Guards Parade that run throughout the year.
More details available at Changing of the Guard.
Just be aware that here is no Guard Mounting in very wet weather.
Budget London; The Tardis for Free
Here’s a chance to check out the Tardis for Free in London! Well of course, it’s actually an old 1960’s style police box but a great photo opportunity for Dr Who fans. This police box can be found directly outside Earl’s Court tube station, (next to the newspaper stand) and is in pretty good nick considering all that time travelling.
More unusual ideas available at Quirky London On a Budget.
The Smallest Police Box in the World?
You’ll be one of the few people gathered at Trafalgar Square that notices the smallest police box in the UK if not in the world!
The police box is located in the south east corner of Trafalgar Square and was historically used as a lookout post as crowds gathered for political gatherings.
Whilst the police have now moved to CCTV, you’ll still find police notices attached to the outside of the building.
More Budget London Information