Inexpensive things to do in London Watch

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Hey all,

London is notoriously expensive to live in, and it also can be ridiculously expensive to socialise in. I find myself astonished by how much a couple of drinks can be, and really normal stuff like going to watch a film in Leicester Square can be as expensive as £14 (!)

I bet some of you will have gems of information, so how about we share free or cheap things to do in London.

Here's some that I've come across:

*The Science Museum/National History Musuem/British Library
*The Prince Charles Cinema - (not necessarily cheap, but still cheaper than the major cinema chains). Obviously Orange Wednesdays as well.
*Chain Restaurants such as Cafe Rouge, Zizzi, Ask, La Tasca, Prezzo etc nearly always have offers.
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The Portrait gallery.
Most of the museums (Imperial war, V&A etc)
Camden Market.
Something simple like walking around Hyde Park.

http://golondon.about.com/od/thingst...ree_London.htm
http://www.timeout.com/london/featur...our-lunch-hour
http://www.londonforfree.net/
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Walk around the royal parks - st james's, green, hyde park and kensington gardens all lead onto each other....very nice for a stroll.
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Get on the buses that go around central London? £1.30ish for an afternoon of sightseeing, essentially.
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All great suggestions. I'll probably wait until the weather gets a bit better for the walks around London, but I'm sure I can coerce a friend into coming on a stroll with me
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A few good galleries that are free, or have free exhibitions - Saatchi, Portrait, National Gallery etc...
Window shopping - Bit depressing but..
Book shops (Charing Cross Rd has some nice ones, just read a bit)
Go to Cafe's/ restaurants eat and not pay (always fun)
Charity shopping, you can find some really fun reminders from your childhood (games, vhs)
Go to smaller one-off cafes with friends order one drink sit and chat for hours.
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Take a dip in the Thames.
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In the summer have a picnic in the parks or study there! Sounds fun, go to those free itunes concerts or apply for free TV tickets on applausestore.com
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(Original post by Renegade Dagger)
Hey all,

London is notoriously expensive to live in, and it also can be ridiculously expensive to socialise in. I find myself astonished by how much a couple of drinks can be, and really normal stuff like going to watch a film in Leicester Square can be as expensive as £14 (!)

I bet some of you will have gems of information, so how about we share free or cheap things to do in London.

Here's some that I've come across:

*The Science Museum/National History Musuem/British Library
*The Prince Charles Cinema - (not necessarily cheap, but still cheaper than the major cinema chains). Obviously Orange Wednesdays as well.
*Chain Restaurants such as Cafe Rouge, Zizzi, Ask, La Tasca, Prezzo etc nearly always have offers.
Some museums and galleries are free (e.g. Imperial War Museum) and if you have an oyster card (11-15 or 16+) you could try travelling around by bus, there are lots of bus services depending on where you are and how much time you have. Also, you could try to get discounts or vouchers, they usually come up in the metro or online or when you shop, or get an NUS card. Then there's the MacDonald's pound saver menu. Going to the parks e.g. Battersea Park or Hyde Park is free.

Dunno, can't think of any more.
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to scare pidgeons under the london eye is priceless!
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http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums - free museum, I found it really interesting! Not as well known as the others, it was quiet when I went & pretty much everyone else there was a medical student, haha. I loved it though.

The British Museum is also good.
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(Original post by Renegade Dagger)
All great suggestions. I'll probably wait until the weather gets a bit better for the walks around London, but I'm sure I can coerce a friend into coming on a stroll with me
Wanna go with you!!
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(Original post by Aarroonnn)
A few good galleries that are free, or have free exhibitions - Saatchi, Portrait, National Gallery etc...
Window shopping - Bit depressing but..
Book shops (Charing Cross Rd has some nice ones, just read a bit)
Go to Cafe's/ restaurants eat and not pay (always fun)
Charity shopping, you can find some really fun reminders from your childhood (games, vhs)
Go to smaller one-off cafes with friends order one drink sit and chat for hours.
You kidding me? Eat and not pay?:eek: Where?
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You kidding me? Eat and not pay?:eek: Where?
Haha, i had lunch at a small one-off type cafe and i paid before i sat down at one of the tables (i didnt realise if you sat at a table you paid as you left, it costs like double doing this) so i just ate, got up and left and when my friend went up to get up and pay for hers as she left she was moaned at as i didnt pay (which i did) but noone stopped me. Since then i've thought how easy it would be to just walk out without paying for food (im too pussy to try it).
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SOooooooo many things to do

-Go to all the musuems
-Covent Garden to see the street performers
-Camden town
-Parks- Green Park, Hyde Park, St James Park
- Go see Buckingham Palace(no point paying to go inside you only get to see like two rooms)
-Go to spitafields market(its really cool market near the City so maybe go see the Gherkin after)
-Tower Bridge for a nice walk about
-Westminster Abbey- You can see inside Westminster Abbey for free.
-Go to Green Park to see the Royal Academy of Art and Fortnum and Mason

Probably so many more go to Harrod and Harvey nichols and Knightsbridge/Sloane Square to marvel at the ridiculously expensive things that you are not able to buy but its fun to look at especially the food halls!!

Now that is why I lurveee London!
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- When in China Town, go to a Chinese restaurant but DON'T ORDER OFF THE NORMAL MENU! Ask for the Dim Sum menu. It's kinda different from mainstream 'British' Chinese food but it's so much cheaper.
- Go to Wetherspoons. They're a bit more expensive in London but an ideal place to spend hours on a sofa nursing the one drink you bought.
- Check Trafalgar square out from time-to-time as there is occasionally something going on there. Plus sitting by the fountains in the summer cools you down and it looks pretty.
- Use groupon.co.uk to find great places to eat in London but really cheaply.
- As others have said, travel on a bus that goes through London for a mini sightseeing tour at a fraction of the cost.
- Take a boat from Westminster to Greenwich along the Thames. It's cheaper if you have a travelcard or if you're a student and they have commentary about sights along the river.
- Walk along the Thames, you'll be sure to find some cool place to eat or hang out in, especially on the South Bank. Also, in Summer, have a look at the performers by Waterloo/Embankment/Westminster stations.
- Go to Whole Foods in High Street Ken. Go upstairs and to the front of the building where there are a few comfy seats. Great place to sit and watch the world go by without getting cold. Plus the gelato there is so yum and quite cheap.
- The Camden Markets are good, but make sure you go to all of them and not just the ones by the station. The further away the market the cheaper and more unique it is.
- If on Oxford Street/Regents Street, don't just stick to the main road. Go down the side roads, there are some great bargains to be had and some interesting shops to be found!
- Go upstairs in the Science Museum and play on their interactive games tables, if you can kick the kids off of them for long enough!
- Go to London Zoo when they have a 2 for 1 voucher out, or in the Summer they have special night time viewings. These are great because there are less kids about.
- Look at lastminute.com for cheap things to do or go and see.
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Also just go to bars and clubs on student night......drinks are much cheaper
Also in Leicester square the tickers will obviously be really expensive. If you go to the Odeon near covent garden it is about £5.00 cheaper........its just knowing where to go
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