Friday, 12 September 2014

Guest post #3 - Favourite things to do in London for less than £5

My third guest post is written by Liz who blogs over at Distract Me Now Please.

Beth loves a bargain... ask her about the 5p battered sausage (she'll be so happy that I told you about that). As a tribute to this extreme dedication to thriftiness, I'm going to share my five favourite things to do in London for less that a fiver.

The South Bank

The South Bank is one of my favourite places to hang out in London, especially when the weather's good. The South Bank Centre always has exhibitions on (some of which are free) and pop up art installations outside, where there's space to sit on the grass and watch the street performers. If you do want to splash the cash, the London Wonderground is open during the summer. There's bars, food stalls, circus shows, and rides. If you want a (slightly scary) view, the skyflier (pictured above) is a lot cheaper than the London Eye.

Walk along the river from the London Eye towards London Bridge, and after about half an hour you'll reach...

Borough Market

I'm going to let you into the world's worst kept secret; I love food. And Borough Market has a lot of food. The full market is open Wednesday-Saturday and it's epic. I reckon you can easily get lunch (or pick up some bread/cake/cheese for later) for £5. If you're ballsy/poor enough, you could probably just fill up on the free samples.

The Old Naval College, Greenwich

This is probably my favourite free thing to do in London. Make your way towards Cutty Sark/Maritime Greenwich and you can't miss it. It's a beautiful area to walk around, and there are free indoor attarctions too; the Painted Hall is particularly breathtaking, and you've also got the chapel, Maritime Museum and Queen's House gallery nearby.

Brucie Bonus: Greenwich Park is only a four minute walk away. Sit and chill, or walk up the hill to see the observatory and take pictures of the view.

London Marathon

OK, so it's not exactly a year round attraction, but it is definitely worth going to. You can run it if you really want to, but personally I'd recommend just watching (even running for a bus tires me out). The atmosphere is amazing, and if you get bored you can play count the rhinos. Last year I saw 14.

Green Chain

Last autumn we decided to try walking a section of the Green Chain. The Green Chain is a series of walks around South East London's green spaces. There are similar walks all over London, such as the Capital Ring and London Loop. The website has all the routes, and they're really well signposted along the way. You can also download free audio guides which tell you where to go, and tell you about the places you see along the way. I love facts and I love walking, so it's win-win for me. It's a great way to discover the greener bits of London, and perfect if you're fed up with fighting your way through the crowds.

There you have it. Five of the reasons why I love this city.

All images copyright Liz Stephens 2012-2014.

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