Just because London’s one of the most expensive cities in the world doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time without spending a lot of money. Here are the best things to do on a family trip to London on a budget.
1. Visit Mudchute farm in East London
It’s completely free to visit the Mudchute Park and Farm. The community-based charity has over 100 animals, so there’s something for each member of the family to enjoy.
2. Cheap and tasty street food at Greenwich Market
London has an epic street food scene. Head to Greenwich market for truly incredible cheap eats. Be aware that not all traders accept cards.
3. Visit the V&A Museum for free
Visit the world’s leading museum of art and design. The V&A‘s collection includes some of the greatest resources for art, architecture, fashion, glass, jewellery and beyond. And their gift shop is also inspiring.
4. Cycle around London’s parks
Hire a Santander bike and cycle in the Royal parks. There are designated cycle routes allowing you to ride the entire way around the park. You are not allowed to cycle along other paths and be mindful of pedestrians.
5. Visit the Science Museum
Journey into the edge of the imagination and discover the beauty of science at the Science Museum. From free science-fiction-themed drop-in centres to a guided tour of the clockmaker’s museum, there are plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained.
6. Visit the Hyde Park playground
Have a restful stop at the Hyde Park playground. Suitable for children up to 12, the playground is an exciting and adventurous family space.
7. Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace
For some royal entertainment, head to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guard ceremony. This is a time when the working guards end their shifts and hand over to a new set. This is an old British tradition worth seeing. Be sure to check the schedule before going.
8. Princess Diana’s Memorial Playground
Complete with a wooden pirate ship, the Princess Diana Memorial Playground is the perfect setting for kids to play, run around and let their imaginations run wild. It’s with good reason that the playground attracts over a million visitors each year.