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Five of the best things to do in London on a budget


7 May 2015

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London has a lot going for it, but it also comes with a hefty price tag. However, there is no denying that being a student in London is one of the best experiences you can have. Fortunately, there are ways to get around that price tag, and take advantage of this fabulous city on a budget:

1. Free concerts and cheap tickets at the National Theatre
You can get standing tickets at the National Theatre for just £5, but check the length of the play before booking them, or you might regret it! There is also a wide range of completely free concerts at the National Theatre. They run from Monday to Saturday at 5.45pm, and also at 1.45pm on Saturday afternoons. You can catch a variety of different types of music from classical to jazz.

2. Grant Museum of Zoology
Everyone knows about the British Museum and National Portrait Gallery. But London has plenty of hidden gems, and the Grant Museum of Zoology is one of them; housing approximately 67,000 specimens, and covering the entire animal kingdom.

3. Enjoy the city’s nature in Hyde Park
Feed the ducks, enjoy a pedalo ride, have a picnic, take a walk or just enjoy being in beautiful greenery, without losing the convenience of a nearby tube station.

4. Explore our markets
London has numerous markets for you to explore, and discover random and unique items. Camden attracts the fashionistas, whereas you will find an eclectic mix of food and art at Broadway Market. One of London’s oldest markets – Spitalfields - is a stone’s throw away from QMUL, in the heart of East End.

5. The Sky Garden
You can enjoy a visit to the Sky Garden for free if you book the ticket in advance! See some of the best views of London, and enjoy the plushness and luxury of the sky gardens.

Don’t let the high prices deter you from moving to London, or from enjoying everything that the city has to offer once you are here. Just keep your eyes and ears open, and become London savvy. This gives you even more opportunities to enjoy our city, and to do the things that the tourists never get around to!

What are some of the things you would recommend visiting in London? Share them with us via our comments box below.

• Blog provided by Dolly Garland, MA English Literature student at Queen Mary University of London.



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