For generations, London has captured the imagination of people from the four corners of the globe. Often, London can be expensive, however there are ways to view London without spending a fortune. From museums and walks that offer views of historical London to parks and markets, London is a vast metropolis that offers a delightful range of activities for people of all tastes.
Museums and Galleries
As one of the oldest cities in the world, London possesses an abundance of galleries and museums- many of which are free.
The National Gallery, located on the periphery of Trafalgar Square, offers a formidable collection of art from across the globe- including works from the likes of van Eyk, da Vinci and Cezanne.
The Science Museum on Exhibition Road offers an intriguing and fun insight into the world of science.
On Cromwell Road, the Natural History Museum provides insights in cultures across history, offering a fun day out for all the family.
Parks and Recreation
Although the British weather may deter you from venturing out, London offers several parks that provide a different perspective on London life- so wrap up warm and get exploring. Hyde Park, perhaps London's most famous park, is one of London's largest Royal Parks.
Historically, the park was the hunting ground for King Henry VIII, but it is now the realm of locals and visitors seeking to catch a rare glimpse of the English sun. The Prime Meridian Line- and founding place of Greenwich Mean Time- is located at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Royal Observatory. If you don't fancy going to one of London's many parks, take a walk along the banks of the iconic River Thames.
London's history is intertwined with market history. A centre for social interaction and economic exchange, London possesses an array of markets which offer everything from boutique antiques to delicious street food.
Columbia Road Flower Market, located in Bethnal Green, offers flowers from the locally grown to the imported. In between flower shopping, browse the quaint Victorian shops of East London.
Situated in the iconic district of Notting Hill, Portobello Street Market is open throughout the week. A bustling affair consisting of several smaller markets, Portobello Street Market features everything from bric-a-brac to vintage clothing.
Synonymous with delicious street food, Borough Market providers visitors with a huge choice of dining options- from some of the best falafel in London to seafood.
Admittedly, it costs money to enter the House of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Tower Bridge, the Tower of London and Westminster Abbey, but it costs nothing to visit these iconic London landmarks and snap pictures to your heart's content.