When it comes to spending a weekend in London, you thought of how costly it could be can put you off. However, if you budget and plan, then you’d be surprised at how affordable spending a weekend exploring the capital can be. There’s so much on offer and there’s something to suit everyone’s budget, so don’t worry if you’re trying to keep costs down. You can still have an unforgettable weekend in London!
Make the most of the museums
The museums have so much to offer, and a lot of the exhibitions are free to enter so you don’t have to pay to get in and enjoy learning more about history, art or science. There’s the more known museums over towards Kensington, such as the Natural History, Science museum and the V&A. All great options, no matter if you’re spending a weekend solo or have a family to entertain! If you’d rather spend time admiring some art, then head towards the Tate Modern, it’s not too far away from South bank, which a great area to exploreafterwards.
Enjoy the views
Heading off to one of the parks is a great way to explore the city, whilst also getting to enjoy the views across the city, all for free! Primrose Hill is a great area, the top of the hill is one of the six protected viewpoints in London, so you can enjoy those views over the skyline of the city. Hampstead Heath is another area to enjoy the views, with plenty to do in the area this is a great option if you have a day to spare. There’s some brilliant cafés, shops and pubs nearby, so you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city for a while and enjoy the greener side to London.
Look out for offers
When it comes to booking things such as your travel, accommodation or activities then keeping an eye on any offers in advance of your trip is a great way to keep costs down. Rail tickets can be purchased well in advance, normally around 12 weeks so you have plenty of time to plan and save some money. There’s often some seat sales going around too on certain train lines, so you can easily cut costs here. When it comes to booking somewhere to stay centrally, it doesn’t have to be overly expensive. There are some great affordable options such as YHA in London, with locations all over the city and suitable for solo travellers or families. You can book family friends rooms, or private so you don’t have to worry about leaving your belongings whilst you go and explore the city.
Another way to keep an eye out for offers is to check out sites such as Time Out it’s packed with ideas, offers and inspiration when it comes to planning your weekend. This can also be a great way to experience something a little difference, for example you can go to a silent disco at the Sea Life aquarium. A truly unforgettable experience, that doesn’t have to break the budget.