It is rightly said that a bad day in London is still better than a good day anywhere else. No wonder, London is the dream destination for people, tourists and globe trotters from across the world. Many have a notion that the city is for those who are born with a golden spoon in their mouth. And why not? The swanky lifestyle of the city makes many people wonder if the city is an ideal destination to relocate to. An imperative thing to know is that moving to London is a personal choice, but an underlying fact is that Londoners live a lavish lifestyle with the best luxuries of life.
If you are wondering that enjoying life’s experiences in the city is damn expensive, worry not! There are plentiful things you can do in England’s capital city without leaving a hole in your pocket. We have jotted down 10 things for you to know that can be done in the city for under £20. Have a look at some of the best things you can do and live your dream life in London city.
1) Grab some drinks and enjoy clubbing
The best thing to do in London is to hop from one club to another. The city is surrounded by the best pubs and bars. Having many options, Sam Smith’s pubs are reputed across London. The club serves its own range of beers, and their venues are quite exquisite and happening for the youngsters.
To all those who love wine, Gordon’s near Embankment station should be on your bucket list. It is the oldest wine bar in London, and the cavern-like interior will give you all the feels.
2) Enjoy a shisha session on Edgware Road
For all those who are fond of hookah and shisha, Edgware Road is the place to chill with your dear ones. It is the ultimate hub for the Middle-Eastern culture since the late 19th century, and the place has some of the top-notch shisha cafes and restaurants with tables and chairs placed onto the pavement.
While many shisha lounges are open for 24 hours, there are a few restaurants that offer you a pipe starting from £8 to £16 per person on a sharing basis. Add some tea, coffee or appetizers to sum up your figure to £20.
3) Kensington Gardens, the Serpentine Gallery and Hyde Park
When in London, don’t forget to visit Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. They are huge parks offering a blend of attraction points. Kensington Gardens is located at the centre of Kensington Palace, whereas the Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fountain offers great splashing opportunities on a hot day. The Serpentine Gallery is a free-to-visit destination and is a sight to see in London with temporary exhibitions of modern art and culture.
On the other hand, Hyde Park is pristine and is made up mostly of playing fields. You can definitely enjoy sporting events here with your friends and family. In winters, Hyde Park is the home of Winter Wonderland, an apt destination for festivities. The entry fee for Hyde Park Winter Wonderland costs between £5 to £7.50 during peak hours.
4) Primrose Hill & Regent’s Park
They say that nothing comes for free. But one of the best views in London atop Primrose Hill costs nothing. During summers, you can find people enjoying the sunrise and sunsets with the city view. To all those who love wildlife, London Zoo is located right at the edge of Primrose Hill where you can see different animals, birds and other wildlife creatures without spending much. The entry fee at the zoo is slightly higher, nearly about £25 for adults, and £18 for children.
On the Southside, you can visit Regent’s Park. The Regent’s Canal is a soothing destination for a walk. The natural splendour and soothing scenery are perfect for couples to spend quality time. The open-air theatre, boating at the lake and rose gardens should not be missed when you visit Regent’s Park next time with your family.
5) Visit the fabulous London market
London has a plethora of markets catering to different categories. Food, fashion, arts, antiques or coffee, there’s a lot to explore in the city. Some of the most popular markets in the city are Portobello Road, Camden, Maltby Street, Borough, Columbia Road, Whitecross Street and Exmouth.
Ideally, visiting a market with a budget under £20 is not possible in London. But, you can surely go window shopping as it is absolutely free and allows you to explore the city without spending money from your wallet.
6) Tower Bridge
One of the most picturesque and historical landmarks in London is Tower Bridge. We have often seen the location in many films and shows. The iconic bridge crosses the River Thames and closes to the Tower of London. The entrance fees for Tower Bridge is £10.60 for adults and £5.30 for children aged 5 to 15.
If you visit London, don’t forget to visit Tower Bridge. A pro tip for all – Click some breathtaking pictures with your loved ones at the global tourist destination to create the most cherishing experiences.
7) The Emirates Air Line
Firstly, you need to understand the space between ‘air’ and ‘line’ in the puntastic name of the Emirates Air Line, the cable car that connects the Royal Docks and the Greenwich Peninsula over the River Thames. The place offers a spectacular view with a full panorama view of East London.
In the background on the north side, there is The Crystal, a modern and highly sustainable building that is a place for corporate events and exhibitions. The entry fee to visit Air Line is £3.50. Instead, you can even use your Oyster Card while visiting the destination.
8) The Shard
By far, The Shard is the most eminent addition to London’s skyline in recent times. Located near London Bridge, this skyscraper offers astounding views from its lifts. The views can be seen from two different places. The first view is from The Shard, a multi-level viewing area where you can visit at £25. Though the price is beyond £20, this destination should be on your wish list.
The second option to witness a splendid view of the city is from Aqua Shard, the building’s bar and restaurant situated on the 31st floor. Aqua Shard might not be the top of the building, but it costs nothing to get in. You ought to buy a drink or a delectable dish if you visit the Aqua Shard.
9) Science, Natural History and Victoria & Albert Museum
During your visit to London, make sure you go to South Kensington. It is home to the triumvirate of museums that educates and entertains the visitors. The Science Museum consists of various floors that have interactive and insightful exhibitions at its exclusive IMAX cinema. On the other hand, The Natural History Museum is home to the massive zoological and geological collection including the collection of animatronic dinosaurs.
The V&A Museum educates visitors about the history of fashion and design. It is the world’s largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts, and design with more than 2.27 million objects. The best part is that visiting the V&A Museum is absolutely free. Isn’t it a lightning deal?
10) Take a tour at the historical Lord’s Cricket Ground
To all those who are ardent cricket fans, Lord’s Cricket Ground holds historical significance. To visit the cricket ground, it now costs £20 to get into the iconic cricket ground. The ground is home to the Ashes Trophy played between England and Australia. A fun fact about this massive ground is that it offers the visitors to get their own booze when they visit this place. Isn’t it too cool?