London is a city that is famous for its history, style, and charm, but thankfully, you don’t need to be as wealthy as the Queen of England in order to have a great time visiting London. These days, you can experience the very best that the UK capital has to offer, all without breaking the bank. Read on to discover our top recommendations for a memorable stay.
A Great Place For US Visitors
Tourists from the US make up the majority of foreign visitors to London, and with these same guests spending so much in the UK economy during their stay, it’s perhaps no wonder that Londoners are extending a warm welcome to American travelers.
There are plenty of great activities on offer that can satisfy even the most demanding of visitors. Whether you enjoy learning about many centuries of history, admiring architecture, or simply hitting the shops, London has something for everyone to enjoy.
Eat Like A Queen
You don’t need to book afternoon tea at The Ritz to enjoy a memorable dining experience in London. Why not head over to Borough Market to take in world-class food and drink outlets, sample traditional fish and chips, or just soak up the atmosphere of this vibrant and fashionable destination.
More adventurous foodies might want to try a real taste of old London, with a visit to the Eel and Pie House in the East End. Tempt your taste buds in this authentic London venue, with tasty eel-based dishes, once the staple food of people living in this area. It certainly merits a place in your own version of London’s most instagrammable restaurant list as it’s hard to imagine this quintessentially London cafe anywhere else in the world.
And, for those who like their home comforts, there are plenty of US brand restaurants dotted around the city, too, so why not call into a Five Guys, Shake Shack or Hard Rock Cafe, for a great value meal.
If you want to get close to nature, London has plenty of beautiful parks that are all free to visit. Hyde Park is perhaps the most famous, and why not stroll down to see the Princess Diana Memorial Fountain whilst you’re there? This stunning tribute was crafted from Cornish Granite, and makes a serene spot to relax in the midst of the bustling city.
Another great trip is to take the tube or train out to Greenwich Park, where you can see the famous Observatory as you enjoy acres of stunning rolling country park. You can explore the Flower, Rose, and Herb Garden, or take a selfie as you stand on the Prime Meridian (the basis of GMT.)
Don’t Forget About The Major Attractions
If you are heading all the way across the Pond to visit London, you’ll want to be sure of ticking off some of the most famous visitor attractions. However, it’s also a fact that popular spots such as the Tower of London, the London Dungeon, and Madame Tussauds are pretty expensive to visit, especially if you are in a large family group. The good news is that these places (and many others) typically offer family discount passes, and even multi-attraction tickets, and there can also be online discount coupons to be found if you check online before you visit.
Tower Bridge is another iconic option, which certainly won’t break the bank. For less than $10 per adult, you can explore the historic engine rooms, stroll along walkways and brave some glass floors.
Or why not try a fascinating “Blue Plaque” walk? These little blue signs are dotted around the capital, and mark out buildings where famous events have taken place, or where historical figures have lived. Keen readers can see where George Eliot once lived in Chelsea, whilst film buffs can spot Alfred Hitchcock’s former residence on the Cromwell Road. You can join an organized tour or make up your own by visiting the website and choosing your destinations. Just remember to bring your walking shoes!
If you want more, you can get close to plenty of incredible art and history without spending a cent (or a penny!). Many of the major museums in London offer free entry although a donation is welcomed. Famous locations such as the Natural History Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and National Gallery can all be enjoyed free of charge.