By Amanda Gegg
It’s no secret that London is one of the most plentiful cities in the world when it comes to finding ways to enjoy yourself. Many presume that you’ll probably be paying through the nose for this, but there are actually so many ways to make the most of the city without breaking the bank. We’re sure this is welcome news after feeling the Christmas pinch so here we have for you some of our favourite cheap thrills that can be enjoyed in the capital:
1. The Royal Parks (especially the Diana Memorial Playground for children)
It’s an oldie but a goodie: the Royal Parks really are something special and whether you find yourself central (near Hyde Park or Kensington Gardens) or even all the way out in Richmond, you can’t put a price on the enjoyment of good walk (also literally because they’re all free).
2. Comedian Warm-Up Gigs
If you keep an eye on websites like Chortle you’ll be surprised how many cheap tickets you can get to see famous comedians testing out new material in the capital. One of the most popular location for this is Leicester Square Theatre.
3. Sky Garden (Fenchurch Street)
Still one of London’s most sought after attractions, the exquisite viewing deck at Sky Garden (located 38 storeys high at the top of the Walkie Talkie building) is completely free as long as you book in advance on their website.
4. Santander Cycles
Formerly known as Boris Bikes, the bright red cycles that you see sprinkled all over the capital are the best way to take it all in and cost only £2 per half hour. Just be sure to get it back to a docking station when you’re done!
5. Markets (Portobello, Spitalfields, Borough, Camden and dozens more!)
Never underestimate the enjoyment of walking around a good market. London has so much to offer in the way of thrift you can’t possibly get bored and if clothes aren’t your thing then food markets such as Borough and Maltby Street are a marvel in themselves. You might be even be lucky enough to get some free samples along the way.
6. Thames Clippers
There really is no better way to experience London than via the majesty of the River Thames and for this there is no reason to spend any more than a few pounds on one of the many Thames Clippers that operate daily.
7. Cheap Theatre Tickets
It’s a little known fact that most West End theatres release tickets every day at 10am for that same evening’s performance. You can only do this in person so it requires some effort but if you have a day to spend in the city it couldn’t be more worth it with tickets as low as £10.
8. Flight Club Darts (Bloomsbury/Shoreditch/Victoria)
If you’re looking for something fun for a big group of you then Flight Club Darts is the perfect activity and if you split the price of an area you’re only looking at a couple of quid each.
9. God’s Own Junkyard (Walthamstow)
Although a little way out, God’s Own Junkyard – a salvaged haven for disused neon signs – will be everything you hoped for and more. It is also totally free but only open at weekends (Friday – Sunday).
10. The Southbank Centre
There is never a time when the Southbank Centre doesn’t have some fun activity or performance going on for all the family to enjoy, the vast majority of which are completely free.