Whilst saving up for our travels, we spent a year living in big city London. During these 12 months, we spent a lot of time soaking up the culture and lifestyle as best we could all while on a budget. Here are just some of our favourite activities, and the best reasons to visit London!
Enjoy Indian on Brick Lane
Located in Shoreditch Brick Lane is the home to many curry houses. You will find London’s best curry houses on Brick Lane. (Check out Groupon if you’re wanting a cheaper option). These were some of the tastiest curry’s we’ve had.
Walk Along Southbank
A very popular tourist spot in London. This is where the London Eye is situated and a good view of Big Ben, Westminster and the photogenic Tower Bridge. This is beautiful for a walk along the promenade, soaking up London’s city vibes.
Explore the Canals at Little Venice
If I move back to London I would love to live in Little Venice. This area makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to Italy, walking alongside the canals.
Go Back in Time at Cahoots
Grab a cocktail in this 1940’s underground themed cocktail bar. The menu is read off of a vintage newspaper. Make sure you book a table in advance though, it may be a hidden gem but it is always very busy.
Go to the Theatre
Visit the West End and take your pick from many shows. Tickets can be booked in advance online or at one of the ticket stands in the area. If you are not restrained by time, you are able to get incredible, last-minute deals on TodayTix! You will not be disappointed by the level of talent. We have been to many over the years but our favourites are Kinky Boots and The Lion King.
Home to the coloured houses, this area is one of the most picturesque in London. If you are in the are in August, be sure to check out the Nottinghill Carnival, it will not disappoint.
Harry Potter Studios
Although located a wee bit out of the centre of London, this is well worth a visit to see the film studios and the special effects used in the popular Harry Potter films. Make sure you stop at the cafe and try some butterbeer to get the full experience!
If you are visiting London around November/December time you will not be disappointed by the number of Christmas markets. The largest being Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, you will most likely need to follow a map to find your way out, it is that big. It is also worth a visit to the Southbank food markets where you can sit around the fire pits whilst having food and drink.
Picnic in the Park
Although being a big city, London also has many parks. The perfect place to go and chill from the city buzz. Check out Serpatine Lake in Hyde Park, Richmond Park or Greenwich Park for some chill out time.
Have a Street Feast
Disused and derelict buildings are transformed into eating and drinking spaces, all thanks to Street Feast. These are located in Shoreditch, Canada Water, Woolwich, Lewisham and Canary Wharf. Although based on the similar idea, these are all very individual in their own way, offering delicious street food, refreshing drinks and an awesome atmosphere.
Drink in the Views from The Shard
One of the most iconic glass buildings in London with spectacular views of the city. You can either buy a ticket for the viewing platform or simply buy one drink from the bar and share it. This is our favourite budget way to enjoy the view!
Take a Stroll through the Sky Garden
Another one of London’s best views is available from London’s highest public gardens. Across the water from The Shard, the Sky Garden offers a completely different view from its tall neighbour. It is recommended you book a slot for the Sky Garden as the queues are massive if you don’t. Located in the heart of Bank, the Sky Garden is up on the 35th floor looking over the stunning landscape of the city. Completely free to enter (during certain hours) and offering very reasonably priced drinks, this is the better option to The Shard. PLUS you get to admire the glass obelisk and its surroundings from here!
Shoreditch Pub Crawl
One of the most vibrant areas in the city and home to some of the best pubs. Use the Drinki app to see where you can get a free or discounted drink whilst you’re at it!
Unless you know about it, you may not come across it. A cute little square near Covent Garden with cafes and shops, worth a visit even if it’s just for some quirky photos.
West India Quay
Located in Canary Wharf we stumbled across this strip unexpectedly one day. Lined with bars and restaurants with outside seating, this place is definitely one to put on your list.
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