Affordable Activities and Attractions in London

London is one of the cultural centers of the modern world. Whether you’re into visual art, architecture, music or theatre, there’s something for everyone in this capital city. That’s why tourists and students flock to the city, with many choosing to get more value for their money by staying at Central London hostels instead of the pricier hotels. 

If there’s one thing that tourists and students must know about London, it’s that there are plenty of ways to access entertainment and unwind without breaking the bank. London has plenty of affordable activities and destinations that will let you enjoy the best the city has to offer.

1. Enjoy Afternoon Tea at The English Rose

Afternoon tea is a uniquely British experience that every visitor to the capital city should try at least once. However, this activity can cost you a lot if you don’t know where to go.

Fortunately, plenty of places offer traditional afternoon tea at reasonable prices. One such place is The English Rose, located just a short walk away from Buckingham Palace. Bring a friend and enjoy a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes, scones with jam and clotted cream and a pot of tea for only £38 for two people.

2. Witness the Changing of the Guard

Another landmark of London culture that you should catch at least once when you’re staying in London is the changing of the guard. It’s free to watch, and you can get the best view from the gates of Buckingham Palace and the steps of the Victoria memorial. 

Changing the guard starts at 10:45 AM and lasts for about 45 minutes. It doesn’t happen every day, so be sure to check the schedule online before you visit.

3. See the Wax Figure of Queen Elizabeth II at Madame Tussauds

It’s unlikely that you’ll meet the Queen during your stay in London, but Madame Tussauds gives you the opportunity to see her likeness up close. The incredibly lifelike wax figure wears a recreation of Her Majesty’s outfit in the Diamond Jubilee covered in 53,000 Swarovski elements. It’s truly a sight to see.

This famous museum has wax figures of other royals, such as the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall. Madame Tussauds also has figures of British icons like David Bowie and Hollywood stars. Ticket prices start at £37, but you get 10% off if you book online in advance.

4. Learn About World History at the British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the first national public museum dedicated to art, history and culture in the world. Its incredible collection on public display, consisting of about 80,000 pieces, allows visitors to immerse themselves in millions of years of human history. 

Admission is free, and you can view the permanent galleries at no charge. However, you must book in advance. The museum also has free exhibitions and events year-round.

LHA London: Your Home Away From Home

These are only some of the many London attractions you can visit while on a budget. The city also has iconic pubs, football stadiums, parks and other landmarks that you can explore during your stay.

If you’re looking for safe, comfortable and affordable accommodation in the city, consider LHA London’s Central London hostels. We have excellent properties in strategic places throughout London that you can call home during your stay.

View our hostels online or make a booking enquiry to learn more.