Touring London can be enjoyable without losing a lot of “pounds” (England currency is GBP). Here is a list of things to do in London on a budget.
- Buckingham Palace Guards – One of London’s most visited attractions. Check their website to see the schedule of the Changing of the Guard ceremony.
- London Eye – Take one of 32 glass pods to the top on this giant Ferris wheel for spectacular views of the city. Lines remain long during hours of operation and it’s best to order tickets beforehand to avoid the ques.
- British Museum – Home to the Rosetta Stone and one of the most popular London museums. A versed collection of mummies and the Lindow Man can also be viewed here. A permanent exhibition entitled Living and Dying is displayed and covers the affects and attitudes of diagnosis, treatment and coping with disease in the human body. Stages of death through the burial are covered as well.
- Kew Gardens – The royal botanical gardens feature many attractions some of which are the glass Palm House and the Xstrata Treetop Walkway.
- Tower of London – Visit the famed Crown Jewels in the Jewel House of the Waterloo Barracks of the Tower. Not used as a royal residence anymore, this is still one of the top London landmarks which see thousands of tourists each year.
- ZSL London Zoo – What started off as a scientific zoo, was opened to the public in 1847 making this the world’s oldest zoo. Also giving privy to being the home of the first reptile house, aquarium, children’s zoo and insect house. Over 15,000 animals currently inhabit the zoo, to include mammals, birds and fish.
- St. Paul Cathedral – The church, one of many London landmarks, is famed for its architectural and interior splendor and design.
- Sir Christopher Wren’s Monument – Located in the heart of London and at 202 feet tall, it is recognizably the tallest Roman stone column in the world. If you’re looking for challenging things to do in London, try climbing 311 steps to the top of the spiral staircase and get rewarded with a spectacular view of the city.
- Hop On Hop Off Bus – Jump on board this sightseeing tour bus and visit as many or as few attractions as you want. This bus pass lasts all day.
- Big Ben – An importance symbol in London. This famous clock and bell tower has its images flashed and celebrated across the world on New Year’s Eve.
- Westminster Abbey – Most recognized as the church of coronations and royal weddings. Notably Prince William to Kate Middleton most recently.
- River Thames Cruise – Local tour services offer several options for cruising the River Thames, such as sightseeing, dinner cruise or private charter. Some of these tours can turn out to be very romantic things to do in London.
- Trafalgar Square – A central meeting spot in things to do in London, is known for its fountains and statues. This location is a gathering place for festivals, sporting events, demonstrations, and Christmas and New Year’s celebrations. The 2012 Olympic countdown clock is also situated here.
- Houses of Parliament – Arguably one of the largest and most beautifully architectural designed structures in London. It is also where the both the House of Commons and the House of Lords convene meetings. Overseas tourists are allowed to tour the building during summer recess months of the two Houses.
- Museum of London – The museum offers a historical overview of the turbulent past of the City of London, as well as celebratory times.
These things to do in London all have nominal, but reasonable and minimal admission fees that won’t break the bank or put a dent in your wallet. If this list is too touristy for you, be sure to check out our Top 10 Unusual Things To Do In London.