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9 things to do in London on a student budget!

26 May 2015

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1. London Parks 

My favourite London parks are: Victoria Park, Hyde Park and Hampstead Heath, which are all absolutely free.
When the sun is out there is nothing nicer than heading down to one of these parks to clear your head, read a book, go on a jog, or catch up with friends.

2. City Farms 

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the countryside and life outside of London; yet there are many city farms just on Queen Mary’s doorstep (Stepney City Farm & Hackney City Farm), both in East London. You can visit these farms for free and see animals such as chickens, pigs and ducks. Hackney City farm even has a 3-legged cat!

3. London by Boat 

Fancy using alternative transport to the tube, bus, bike or taxi? Then hop on a Thames Clipper and travel across London by boat. Just using your Oyster Card you can sail along the Thames whilst also admiring some of London’s most famous landmarks. 

4. Museums & Galleries 

One of the greatest things about living in London, which not many people appreciate is how much there is to do for absolutely free. Often many galleries and museums, such as The National Gallery and the Science Museum put on “Museum Lates” which cost nothing. One of my favourite museums is the National History Museum.

5. Cheap Eating 

Looking for somewhere cheap to eat, yet filling? My top 3 places to visit are:
1) Tuk Tuk (Soho)
2) The Breakfast Club (Hoxton)
3) The Grapes (Limehouse)

6. Thrift Stores 

Are you after something alternative to wear which is cheap? There are many thrift and vintage stores in East London, particularly around Brick Lane and Shoreditch. The East End Thrift Store often holds one-pound sales, so it is a great place to go to if you don’t mind sifting through second-hand garments!

7. Markets 

London is filled with all sorts of markets, ranging from food, to flowers, from clothes and jewellery, to antiques- there is so much choice! Sundays are great days to check out: Colombia Road Flower Market, Brick Lane or Portobello Road in Notting Hill. You will not be disappointed!  

8. Live Jazz Music at Ronnie Scott’s 

On a week night, you can get into Ronnie Scott’s for just £5 with your Queen Mary student card. The quality of jazz music is world class, an absolute must if you are a music fan!

9. Cheap Music Gigs 

I have been fortunate enough to go to many concerts during my time in London, yet have never paid more than £25 for a ticket (even in the 02 arena). One of the perks is going to smaller gigs during the week, especially when bands/artists are still relatively unknown. In my first year I saw Bastille in The Barfly in Camden for only £12! I love The Borderline, Soho and Jamboree in Limehouse.

  • Lizzie Thomas is a final year German Studies student at Queen Mary. She loves nothing more than getting lost and discovering new parts of London, and drinking a proper brew!



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