You can save money by traveling during the shoulder or off season. It can get pretty cold in England during the winter so for the best price and decent weather I would recommend the shoulder season which usually runs from April to the end of May and September thru October.
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One way to save money on your accommodations is to stay at a Bed & Breakfast or a Guest Hotel. These are less expensive than regular hotels and they include daily breakfast with the price of the room which will help out with your meal expenses. Some people Bed & Breakfasts and Guest Hotels even have family rooms with private bathrooms so check around to find the right one to fit your family or groups needs.
$34.02 per night
$42.81 per night
You will need tube or subway tickets to get around the city. The tube is very easy and safe to use. You can order multiday passes prior to leaving the States. By doing this you will get the best prices but you can also by single day or single use tickets when you get there.
Under 18 years old – $41.92
Discounts for groups of 10 or more people and seniors.
The Changing of the Guard
The National Gallery in London takes up the entire north side of Trafalgar Square. It houses one of the finest collections of Western European paintings in the world from around 1250 onwards.
The British Museum
In my opinion one of the best museums in the world. They have over 7 million objects in their collection. The collection of Egyptian and Greek antiquities are without a doubt amongst the largest and best known in the world.
Not to be confused with Kensington Gardens, Kensington Roof Gardens is London’s equivalent of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.See Kensington Roof Gardens Photos. In the unlikely location 100ft above street level, on top of a department store building in the busy Kensington shopping area, you’ll find a tranquil garden planted in the 1930s. It includes a Spanish garden, a Tudor garden, an English woodland garden and resident flamingos!
The Royal British Legion Poppy Factory in Richmond, Surrey makes paper poppies and wreaths for Remembrance Day, 11 November. The factory workers, many disabled ex-Service and dependents, make poppies all year round and free factory tours are available. The Poppy Factory was formed back in 1922 when disabled ex-Service came home from the war and found no employment. The factory moved to its current site in Richmond in 1933.
House of Parliament
The Palace of Westminster, home of ‘Big Ben’ (or Clock Tower), is a neo-Gothic wonder from the mid-19th century. And it’s full of houses: namely the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Reserve ahead to watch antics during Parliament sessions.
Greenwich’s best attraction, this neoclassical building museum gets more interesting and fun the deeper you go in. The focus is on Britain’s seafaring past, including the bullet that felled Horatio Nelson, a replica of Ernest Shackleton’s life boat and plenty of kid-friendly interactive exhibits in the Your Ocean exhibit.
North-east corner of Hyde Park, near Marble Arch, W1
The orange-brick headquarters of the BL aren’t just for researchers and scholars. The titanic complex houses plenty of diversions that anyone can visit for free. First among them is the Treasures exhibition, which displays literature as diverse as Magna Carta and original Beatles lyrics. Two small galleries off the main foyer also present ever-changing temporary exhibitions on literary themes. A quirky bookshop and excellent cafe with free Wi-Fi add to the attractions. And don’t miss the sculptures by Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi in the forecourt.
This website lists a number of different self guided city walks. You can printout the information and follow the instructions for the different walks. They instructions include a little bit of information about each of the sites you will see, however I suggest you take along some additional information perhaps a small guide book to give you a little more information about the sites. www.londonforfree.net/walks/index.shtml
Picnic in the Park
London is full of beautiful parks so why not grab a couple of sandwiches from a local deli and enjoy lunch in the park. If you are traveling with kids bring along a freebie or inflatable ball and let them enjoy some down time playing in the park. It’s a great way to spend time like a local enjoying the city’s beautiful parks.
There are a number of very old cemeteries in and around London. You will often find them on the grounds of old churches. They can be very interesting to walk around and look at all the old head stones. Some of the gravestones will state how the person died or some interesting fact about them. Some of the cemeteries themselves are beautiful and interesting dating back hundreds of years.
Tap your feet to free music concerts in the “Djanogly Concert Pitch” in the main foyer. Mon-Fri, 5.45pm; Sat at 1pm and 5.45pm; occasionally Sun at 1.45pm).
End the week on a high at one of the free Friday evening music concerts. Other free music events include lunchtime concerts in the Central Bar of the on Fridays and Sundays.
Free classical recitals can be heard drifting through the majestic stained-glass windows of many of London’s churches and cathedrals. Don’t miss the lunchtime concerts at (Mon, Tues and Fri at 1pm).
If the weather’s good, head to , where everyone from busking guitarists to string quartets provide a great free soundtrack as you watch the world go by.
If you love cinema, you can enjoy the big screen on a little budget at. From film-noir classics to futuristic video art, Roxy has an innovative programme of screenings catering for film buffs everywhere. Screenings are free, apart from recent releases and double/triple bills which cost £3.