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Living in London

London is a great city with so much to do, so much to see...

Free and Cheap in London

Free and Cheap in London

Many are surprised to learn that there are lots of free and cheap activities to take advantage of in London. The staff members at the London Center, who have lived in the City for many years, will help students discover cheap deals, hidden gems, and other great ways to make the most of their time in London, but until arriving and meeting them, check out the info below. From food, to art, to music, to other fun events, London is very accessible to those on a budget.  

Museums: Most of the museums in London are free to enter! The Natural History Museum, the British Museum, the Science Museum, the Tate Britain, the Tate Modern - to name but a few - are all free to explore.

Markets: London markets are ideal shopping destinations for everything from food to flowers, modern art to antiques, clothes to jewellery, and more! 

Parks: London is home to plenty of green open spaces, all free to enjoy! Hyde Park, Regents Park, Victoria Park, Greenwich Park, Hampstead Heath, and so many more beautiful spaces are open to the public to walk, run, cycle, or just sit and relax in.

Supermarket Shopping: Look for bigger supermarkets such as Aldi, Lidl, Sainsbury's, Morrisons, or Tesco where you'll find the groceries are a lot cheaper than smaller, local stores. Local markets are also great for cheaper fruit and vegetables (depending on what's in season).

Events & More: Below are some links to websites and apps which are great sources of information for cheap and exciting events, exhibitions, deals etc. that London has to offer.

  • Time Out is a website and app which serves as a guide to all things happening in London from art to theatre, to LGBTQ+ life, music, and more.
  • Londonist is another great website and app which hosts lots of ideas of things to do and see, including a 'Free and Cheap' section which is updated every week. 
  • London For Free is a website that shares information on free and cheap walks, bus tours, attractions and more.
  • Free London Events is a website that lists free annual and daily events in the city.
  • Visit London is a website that outlines a number of attractions in London that are free to visit.
  • Secret London is an app that will help you discover all of London's best events.
  • Today Tix is an app for theatre tickets. Some may have already used the app in NYC. If so, simply change your location within the app to London and you'll get all the best ticket offers for London theatre.
  • Groupon is another app and e-commerce marketplace offering deals on activities, travel, goods, and services.
  • Living Social is a website and app hosting a marketplace which allows its registered users to buy and share things to do in their city.

Staff Suggestions

Many people love London for the food.  Have a meal made up of free samples in Borough Market or eat some of the best pizza outside of Italy at the super cheap Franco Manca. See below for more staff favorites:

Orla enjoys spending her free time visiting London’s most famous markets, whether it be discovering new food delicacies in Borough Market or finding random knick-knacks on Portobello Road on a Saturday. London is most beautiful in great weather so a stroll along the Richmond riverside on a weekend is a must!

Caroline is involved in musical theatre so loves going to see shows in the West End, where there are lots of exciting, diverse productions on offer. She likes hanging out in London's coffee shops, writing, and drinking her caramel latte.

Becca loves exploring the city's green spaces and enjoys participating in park runs to stay active. She can often be found either wandering around a museum or picking up a bargain at a charity or second-hand shop.

Useful Links

Here are some useful links to some of the things mentioned above: