London and budget aren’t words that usually go together. However, with the pound currently reaching historic lows, now is a good time to visit. But it’s not just a currency thing – London has more free world-class attractions than any other European city. The British Museum, home to enough treasures to satisfy the most curious of history hunters; vast Tate Modern, with stupendous views from its terrace and ever-changing art collections; the Natural History Museum with its magnificent dinosaurs; and beautiful Victoria & Albert Museum – all free, all of the time.
And don’t forget the open spaces: spend a day tramping across Hampstead Heath, another meandering along the South Bank or perusing East End markets and you’ll get more of a sense of city life than if you’re stuck in a queue at an overpriced attraction. For food, opt for the popular street-food markets and your budget will stretch further – you might even have enough left for an overpriced pint.
Where to stay
Best for being in the centre of London: The Z Hotel Piccadilly
Best for location to Southbank: Park Plaza London Waterloo
Daily budget: Basic €60, occasional treat €85
Drink: Lager €5
Food: Fish and chips €11
Hostel/budget hotel: €27/€80–100
Travel: Train: London–Brighton €25–35; bus: London–Manchester €10–40
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