London on a budget

How to explore London on a budget

Get off the beaten path and try these fantastic money-saving experiences in the capital, without having to worry about the price tag at the end!
Travelling to London on a budget? From street food markets to discount theatre tickets, there’s lots of fantastic ways to see the city without spending a fortune, if you only know where to go. Let’s get exploring!

Cheap theatre tickets
Going to a show in the West End is a must-do in the city, but it can come at a steep price. Be street savvy and plan ahead to save your purse strings by buying theatre tickets online in advance – try Viator’s website in advance of your trip, which lists ticket deals. There’s everything from Les Miserables theatre show to special jazz nights, so you’ll be sure to find a bargain. We’d recommend going to a late-night showing of The Bodyguard – it’s one of the best theatre experiences on in the city.
Camden Market
If you’re looking to do lunch on a shoestring, whilst still experiencing the city, then head down to the famous Camden Market. They have a street food market in Camden Lock every day, which carries flavours from around the world to the heart of London. You can grab a delicious burger at Honest Burger, or enjoy one of the best falafel wraps in town, whilst finishing off with the Dutch pancake with Nutella, or a nice Matcha lattee at Yumchaa.
Flesh and Buns
It would be wrong to come to London and not try one of our amazing, innovative restaurants. Flesh and Buns is just that; known for their divine steamed buns, killer cocktails and Japanese-inspired desserts, this atmospheric, low-lit basement restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden is just made for a romantic dinner or catch up with friends. If you come for their Unlimited Sunday Brunch, for £39 per person, you will enjoy a cocktail on arrival, chips, dips and edamame, unlimited (yes, unlimited) hot and cold dishes, such as steamed buns, grilled salmon and tofu salad, and dessert for the table – as well as never-ending Prosecco. Bargain!
Vintage Shopping in Shoreditch
There’s nothing better than a weekend spent shopping in London, but you can avoid the queues, hustle and bustle, and high-street prices by choosing somewhere more unique than Oxford Street. Head to Brick Lane’s Sunday Upmarket for the best vintage shopping experience – you’ll pick up gems, such as vintage sunglasses, tie-dye T-shirts and retro Nikes, whist enjoy East London’s buzz. What’s more, there’s great street food at Upmarket, including delicious sushi and naughty crepes, so you’ll be able to indulge at the end of it all!
If you visit London regularly, and are always looking for ways to curb your spending, it might be worth investing in a Tastecard. For an annual fee, or just £1 for three months, you’ll get 2-for-1 meals at thousands of restaurants around the UK. That means half-price sushi, half-price pizza and half-price curry, all within easy reach. We love the discount offer at Feng Sushi, which has branches in Notting Hill and Camden, where you can dine like a king on salmon sashimi, spicy tuna maki and delicious bowls of Udon noodles with tofu. Glorious!
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