London is a beautiful city with plenty of things to see, do and discover; unfortunately these experiences often come with a hefty price tag. This doesn’t have to be the case though, London is brimming with free events and activities that are perfect for a day out on a budget. Many shops, restaurants and cafes are also happy to offer deals to students so you might be able to eat out for less than you think!
Our top three things to do on a budget in London
The Royal Parks
You can’t talk about things to do in London during the summer without mentioning the eight Royal Parks situated throughout the city. All of them are completely free to enter and offer a combined 5,000 acres of quality green space in which to relax and explore.
Our pick of the bunch would be Richmond Park. Situated in the South-West of London, Richmond Park is the largest of the Royal Parks. Red and Fallow deer roam freely within it and the vast landscapes of vegetation create an air of tranquillity that transports you from the hustle and bustle of London; best of all it’s just a 20 minute underground journey away from central London.
Primrose Hill is situated to the north of central London, just above Regent’s Park, and is known for its picturesque views over London. At 65m (213 feet) tall Primrose Hill may not sound like the most iconic of hills, however it is not the scaling of the hill that draws thousands of locals and tourists to it everyday. The view from the top encapsulates the iconic London skyline, including the London Eye, BT Tower and the Shard. We would recommend enjoying this view after sunset when the skyline comes to life with a myriad of lights.
Our Pure Highbury and Arcade properties are a pleasant 45 minute stroll from Primrose Hill, making it a perfect destination for an evening stroll with friends or an afternoon picnic in the sun.
London has a plethora of free museums and galleries, one of which is sure to take your fancy. These include the Science, Natural History, Imperial War, and Victoria and Albert museums as well as the Tate and Tate Modern galleries.
We recommend you visit each of these museums at least once during your stay in London but would have to recommend the Imperial War museum as a must see. The museum displays the first and second world wars in a modern and engaging manner. It also extends into the modern era, often showing specialist exhibitions such as those on display at the moment examining Afghanistan and Syria.
All of these activities can be enjoyed completely for free and are within travelling distance of all of our London properties. If you’re ever stuck for ideas on things to do feel free to ask our friendly and helpful accommodation teams who know the local area and are more than happy to make suggestions.