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5 Fun Budget Activities in London

31 May 2023

Looking for affordable fun in London? Our GBSH Social Media Ambassador reveals five exciting activities for those on a budget. Don't miss out - explore London without breaking the bank.

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One of the best things about being a student at UCL GBSH is being in the heart of one of the best cities in the world. Even though London can be notorious for being expensive, it still has a lot to offer for those who are on a budget. Let's look at some of the many options available in London.

  1. Park and Recreation
London has some of the most breathtaking parks in the world, and they are deemed so for good reason. From stunning greenery to precious wildlife, London’s parks have it all. 
Some of the free parks in London include: 
St. James’ Park – A 5-minute walk from Trafalgar Square and Big Ben, this park boasts views of Buckingham Palace along with plenty of flowerbeds. 
Hyde Park – One of the most famous parks in London, Hyde Park will not disappoint you. Additionally, it has a lake with paddle boats! 
Regent’s Park – Breathtakingly beautiful, Regent’s Park offers excellent views from Primrose Hill as well as events during the summer along with top-notch landscaping 
For a small entry fee, you can enjoy the Royal Botanical Kew Gardens, which is a treat for the eyes and the mind as it is the host of a plethora of flora from all around the world 

  2. Museums 

London has some of the world’s most exquisite and stunning museums. To name a few -
Victoria Albert Museum, which is the world’s largest museum of applied arts, decorative arts and design. Situated in the posh neighbourhood of South Kensington, V&A is a must-visit.  
 Natural History Museum,
Also, in South Kensington, the Natural History Museum is the perfect place to get some food for thought while walking around the history of planet Earth.  
The British Museum hosts human and cultural history from over 2 million years! Make sure you start early!
The National Gallery & Tate Modern are a must-visit for those who love art, especially European art. 
The ticketed parts offer generous student discounts and are a treat for the senses. 

  3. Explore Markets in London

London has some of the most unique markets, and it is always a good idea to check out the world’s largest Antiques Market on Portobello Road, the freshest sustainably sourced produce in Borough Market or Food & Drinks in Camden Market and in Spitalfields Market.

  4. Walk around London

Home to absolutely gorgeous architecture, there is loads to admire in London, from Westminster Abbey to St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge, London Eye and of course, Big Ben! 

  5. Food and Drinks

This is a tough one because London has far too many choices. But be sure to check out Shoreditch, Carnaby Street, Soho, China Town, and Hackney Wick for some delicious and pocket-friendly options while soaking up the best of London!

Happy Exploring!