Visiting London without the Tourist Traps
London has a rich history behind it, with countless landmarks and picturesque sights to see and no end of tourist traps. You may want to take in everything, but if you’re not careful, you could easily find yourself burning through your wallet at an alarming rate.
But don’t worry. There are plenty of ways to enjoy London if you’re working with a budget, so here are some ways to make your trip to London a fulfilling one.
The Right Apartment
You need to prioritise your budget in finding the right accommodation for yourself and your fellow travellers. There are many apartments in London to choose from, but ideally, you want to be basing yourself close to the areas you plan to visit. These apartments offer all the necessary facilities and items to make it feel like your home away from home.
London is home to some of the world’s finest parks, each one offering their own unique slice of life. Perhaps you’d like to venture to Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park, or maybe you would like to take a tour through the luscious Rose Garden in Hyde Park. There’s always the option of making your way down Hampstead Heath too.
But wherever you decide to venture, there are things you can do in every park, like feed the ducks, take a leisurely stroll along the water or take your family for a picnic. Pack up your favourite foods, choose a blanket, find a nice patch of grass and take in the surrounding sights.
Many of us love a pub, but a beer garden offers an extra vibrancy to your outings. Imagine sitting down basking in the sun, or better yet watching the sun go down alongside good company. There are many wonderful gardens to choose from; there’s the Albion which is far from any traffic and perfect for summer barbecues. You’ve also got the Spaniard’s Inn with enough space for 300 people. And there’s also the Edinboro Castle in Camden Town, which is more than ideal for any social occasion.
But bear in mind that these gardens are only going to be familiar to London regulars, so unless you want to fall into the tourist trap of ‘where can I find…’ make sure you research the beer gardens you want to visit beforehand.
The Village Side of Life
London may be known as one of the UK’s greatest cities, but it is also home to some quaint little villages, such as St Johns Wood, where you can see Lords Cricket Ground and admire the magnificent houses from a nearby deli-shop. Or you could take up a longtime tradition and take photographs walking across the iconic Abbey Studios Crossing. If you are looking to fill your shopping bags, look out for the great bargains at Kilburn or venture around Stoke Newington.
You don’t need to break the bank to have a good time. All you really need is to know is where to find London’s little quirks.