I went to London a couple of weeks ago with my husband for a couple of days away. I love London but I haven’t been there for about 3 years. We had to do lots of research about what we could do in London and where the best places to stay would be because we were quite tight on our budget. After all my research I thought I would share with you What to do and where to stay in London on a budget.
Where to Stay in London
We stayed at a place called Staybridge Suites. There is a few in London but I chose the one in Vauxhall. It is close to the MI6 building and about a 20 minutes walk from the London Eye. Price wise it is a little more expensive than a Travelodge or a Premier Inn. But you get more value for your money! It was a lovely place to stay in. Breakfast was included and you had complimentary coffee/tea and water throughout your stay. They even had cute little takeaway cups to take it with you as well, so you don’t have to spend money buying Starbucks or Costas.
In your room there was even a little kitchen area, it had a mini dishwasher, sink, microwave, and hob. You could easily stay there for a couple of weeks and be very comfortable. Downstairs they had a gym and a laundry area as well.
The prices fluctuate a lot so I would book it with the free cancellation and keep an eye on it.
Last time I went to London I used Viator, it is part of the TripAdvisor franchise bit this is great because it gives you ideas of what you can do in London and you can also buy tickets from them for the London Eye etc. They generally have offers on as well and the service is always top notch. Over Easter 2018, you can get up to 50% off tours and activities and up to 20% of London tours!
Euston is a good area to go for, as it is close to one of the main train stations and has a really good underground. Radisson Blu is always a good solid choice. You can also sometimes get some really good deals on the Hilton hotels. Making you feel posher than you actually are!
What to do in London
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There is so much to do in London. This is why I love it so much. There are lots of websites that you can go on and get tickets for various things, these are my favourites:
This is now sponsored by Coca-Cola. It has great views of most of London and is a must-see attraction in London. You stand inside capsules with a couple of people in each. It is near the River Thames and next to Madam Tussauds and the Sea Life Centre, we did these 3 all together, it saves you going back to the same place lots of times. It’s approx 30 minutes when you are on there. Viator does skip the line tickets for the London Eye here. Sometimes there are huge queues, so this will save you waiting for hours. The tickets are about £32.45 each. If you don’t want to skip the line the ticket price is £27.00 on the day or £24.30 if booked online.
Tower of London
The tower of London is near London Bridge, you actually get a beautiful view of it from the Tower of London. This is a very popular place to visit. We got there really early and didn’t have a queue to get in, but as we came out the queues were massive! so time it right. The Tower of London holds the queen’s jewels, it also has loads of history. This is also where Anne Boylen met her end. Beefeaters are here (the people in the black and red outfits) and they give tours of the whole place every 30 mins, alternatively, you can walk around unguided or purchase an audio guide. We did a guided self-tour and then caught a little bit of the beefeaters tour, this is free and you can just join in whenever you see them. Tickets are around £24 but again to skip the queue purchase your tickets online here for around £26.
Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Tickets
We bought these tickets more than a year in advance!!! this is a play that JK Rowling made following on from the Hary Potter series. Harry is now 40 years old and it follows his Son, Albus. Yes, the tickets are very expensive, but it is defiantly worth it! I mean I didn’t pay for the most expensive tickets, which are over £250 each for 1 day (those tickets are for sitting on the same level as the play. But i would love to see it again that close. It is over 2 days, so part 1 and part 2 so you will either need to do this on the same day or over 2 days. The show is absolutely amazing and if even if you don’t like Harry Potter going for the magic tricks alone is worth it! how do they do it?
Harry Potter Tour in Watford
This trip we went to Harry Potter tour and saw Harry Potter and the cursed child. A Harry Potter full weekend. This is the studio where they filmed all 8 films. You get to see the costumes and accessories they used in the films and you even get to try butterbeer. Pro Tip: I would go for the butterbeer ice cream, it tastes so much better!
I would get the tickets from the main website as they are a lot cheaper and then it depends what part of the country you are coming from buy from London get the Underground and Trains, so much quicker and cheaper. I have so many pictures I might have to do a separate post all about Harry Potter. Let me know if this is something you would like to see?
Madam Tussauds is world famous, this is where all the wax figurines of celebrities and famous faces are. You can have your picture taken with all of them and even touch them. There is the queen, Beyonce, David Beckham and even Marvel characters as well. There is over 300 waxworks. Again you can skip the line for about £29/£35 or a standard ticket for £29.
Combine tickets are tickets you can buy for lots of different attractions and saves you money overall. They have a 5 attraction ticket that includes entry into Madame Tussauds London, London Eye, SEA LIFE London, London Dungeon and Shrek’s Adventure! London, this is £55 online or £145 if you buy on the day. Or a 2 attraction ticket where you can go to Madam Tussauds then pick from the above list which one you want to visit as well. The price is £40 online or £59.95 on the day
Free things to do in London
But there are so many free things to do as well: Hyde Park, Seeing Big Ben, Viewing Westminster, Walking along the London bridge. Walking around Camden market, China Town, Soho, Shoreditch, Notting Hil, Picadilly Circus, Oxford Street, Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square and of course King’s Cross station (you can even see platform 9 3/4’s).
All of the museums, libraries, and galleries are free. So you can walk around till your heart’s content. We went to the National History Museum on our recent visit. You do have to cue, because its free, but when you get inside it is just beautiful. Even the architecture is just stunning!
My next post will be our itinerary of London and break down what we did each day because it was just action packed!!