This time last year, I was incredibly skint in a post Christmas haze, and finding myself wanting to get out and explore, but not wanting to spend much money. Last year, I even did a post about nine things you can do in London for less than a tenner. It made me really stop and think! London is a wonderful city, but it can be expensive at times. If, however, you know where you look, there are some great things to do that won’t cost you an arm and a leg! This year, *drumroll please* I bring you nine MORE things to do in London for less than a tenner!
Visit The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs
There are lots of little hidden treasures all over London, and this is just one such example. It does require you exploring south of the river, but it’s ideal if you want a little piece and quiet without having to go past Zone 6! Head down to Crystal Palace Station, and the dinosaurs are on display a few minutes walk into the park. The funny thing is that these dinosaurs are historically accurate for 1889 when they were built, but not for 2018. The descriptions have been updated, but they’re still fascinating to look at! If it’s a bit chilly, you can also bookmark it until the summer when things will be a tad warmer, and there will be plenty in bloom!
Winnie The Pooh at the V+A
I loved Winnie the Pooh as a child; in fact, my dad still calls me Tigger, because of this pair of tiger pajamas I had as a kid. I refused to take them off, and would jump around, singing Tigger’s song! My mom even used to take me to see Christopher Robin’s original toys at the New York Public Library. That’s how much I love Winnie The Pooh! When I heard about this exhibit at the V&A Museum, to say I was excited was putting it lightly! If you’re interested in learning a little bit more about the Hundred Acre Wood’s most famous resident, it’s well worth a trip. Lucky for you, it’s on until April, so if you want to spend a little time getting in touch with your inner child, now is the time! I might even have to go again!
Hot Chocolate at Fabrique Bakery
It’s not a post about things to do in London for less than a tenner, during the winter, without suggesting a cheeky hot chocolate! There is nothing better than doing a little exploring, and then indulging in a nice warm beverage! Fabrique is my suggestion for two reasons. First, their hot chocolate is spot on. Second, their cinnamon buns are to die for. Actually, all of their baked goods are worth every pretty penny. Better still, they have four locations around London, so you’re really spoiled for choice! How exciting is that?
Take Yourself on a Photowalk
Want a really nice way to see London for less a Tenner? Take yourself on a photowalk! There are so many amazing and colorful neighborhoods in London, just spending a few hours walking around is well worth it! Pick a neighborhood and go! Take a picture of every pink house you see in Notting Hill. Check out all the street art in Dulwich. The options are endless!
Grab a Bite at Maltby St Market
Everyone knows about Borough Market, but if you head towards Bermondsey, you’ll stumble across Maltby Street Market! Hot Chocolates from Fattie’s Bakery, or grilled cheese sandwiches from The Cheese Truck, and all manner of delicacies! Street Food at it’s finest, surrounded by people who really appreciate a good bite to eat. Plenty of it is under a tenner, and you certainly won’t regret spending it! Scroll through Instagram, and see some of the offerings. Just make sure to grab a tissue, in case you start drooling!
See The Arabian Architecture at Leighton House Museum
From the outside, this house looks like a typical brick building with a little flair. Inside, you’re transported to another world! I’ve been dreaming of heading to Leighton House Museum for absolutely ages,and it is well worth a visit. You have to go. It is a masterpiece of design, and is easily the prettiest building I’ve ever been in. Unfortunately, photography isn’t allowed, but you can see some of it on their Twitter feed. Honestly though, photos don’t really do it justice, and I would hate to spoil the surprise! If you have a free moment, I don’t think you’ll regret the £9 you spend to walk through it’s glorious halls!
Pay Homage to Ziggy + The Windmill
Would you believe, I’ve never visited the mural of David Bowie in Brixton? I know. Terrible. It’s super easy to find, and it was so fascinating reading the messages people have left. In fact, after he died, people were writing on it so much, that it had to be repainted. You can actually still see some of it under the new bits of paint! From there, it’s a super quick walk down to the famous Brixton Windmill, another landmark I’d never actually seen before! Then, because it was a tad chilly, I stopped at Stir Coffee for a nice warm tea!
Swing By Wilton’s Music Hall
Wilton’s Music Hall is a place I’ve always wanted to go. It’s one of the few surviving music halls, and it looks absolutely stunning! Tucked away in Whitechapel, they regularly host music and performances, some of which are free! They also have an area you can visit during the day. You might even recognize it from a few films, where it’s been used as a location, How exciting! I’ve added it to my ‘must visit in London’ and you should too!
Late Nights at Westminster Abbey
GUYS. I’ve always wanted to go to Westminster Abbey, but I could never quite bring myself to pay the price of the tickets. I was pleased to find, however, that they do Wednesday lates, where you can visit the Abbey for only £10! Okay, not technically ‘London for less than a tenner’, but considering the full price is £20-22, it’s a bargain! It actually looks really cool at night, and it’s much quieter than I imagine it would be during the day! If you feel like indulging in your inner tourist, this is one tip I can’t recommend enough!
I’ve got to tell you, finding 9 things in London for less than a tenner requires a lot of thinking outside the box. Honestly, though, that is a truly amazing thing! Living in such an amazing place can at times be overwhelming. You forget what’s on your doorstep purely because life gets in the way and your routine gives you tunnel vision. Every once in a while though, you have to shake it up, especially if it means exploring London for less than a tenner!