Despite its many free attractions, museums and art galleries – from the National Portrait Gallery to the British Museum – London is a notoriously pricey city. We’ve covered how to get the cheapest tickets to London’s top attractions before but with this post we’re asking a simpler question: If you had just $10 (or £6.40 ish) in your pocket, what would you spend it on? We asked travelers in London for their ideas.
We played backpacker for the day and scoured the city for a list of great things to do when you’re staying in London on a budget. We were pleasantly surprised at the more unusual things you can do in London with a bit of spare change.
1. Beigels in Brick Lane (£2)
In London’s trendy East-End, Brick Lane is a popular place to soak up a bit of Brit-cool. There are edgy bars and clubs, vintage clothing stores, and infamous curry houses lining the streets. But after a night on the grimy-but-oh-so-hip tiles, London’s clubbers head to the Brick Lane Beigel Bake – perfect for soaking up the booze with a Jewish ‘beigel’.
Cooked in the traditional way – boiled and then baked – these are the most authentic bagels you will ever eat. Chewy and warm, and served with all the typical fillings, from smoked salmon and cream cheese to pastrami. Open 24 hours a day, a plain bheigel is only 15p, and the classic salt beef is only £2. At these prices, you’ll have change spare to squeeze in a slice of cheesecake, or any other sugar-soaked pastry, for around 60p.
2. Full English Breakfast (£5)
If the beigel wasn’t enough to prevent that hangover, spend a fiver on a traditional English breakfast – otherwise known as ‘the Builder’s’ or the ‘fry-up’ . As its loving name suggests, this British ‘delicacy’ (just like fish and chips, pie and sausage and mash) is heavy with cholesterol and calories – but who cares when it tastes this good!
For an authentic but cheap English breakfast, forget the skinny lattes and croissants of more upscale breakfast venues and look out for a ‘greasy spoon’ cafe – the plastic tablecloths, wipe-clean booths and gruff builders downing cups of tea are all part of the charm.
Each ‘Full English’ varies from place to place, but expect a greasy mash-up of bacon, eggs, sausage, beans, fried tomatoes and mushrooms, fried bread or hash browns, black pudding, and toast with lashings of butter, all washed down with a strong cup of tea.Places you can get a Full English for a fiver include:
Dakin’s under London Bridge 7 London Bridge Walk
The Other Side in King’s Cross 246-248 Pentonville Road
Phoenix Cafe in Brixton 441 Coldharbour Lane
3. A Monu-mental view (£3)
The Monument is one of London’s most underrated tourist sites – just next to Bank tube station on the north bank side of London Bridge, this doric column tower (built to commemorate the great Fire of London in 1666) offers dizzying views of the city. Once you pay the small admission fee, brace yourself for a 61 metre climb up the spiral stairs to the top.
Christie’s is an auction institution that opened since the year 1766. Its rooms are organized, and what’s more interesting is that, they have auctions of valuables in Hollywood.
Christie’s has several branches around the globe like London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. Also, they even support the ability to bid live via the Internet, so no one can miss the opportunity to bid on jewelry, art objects, paintings, clocks, furniture and even wines.
This famous house has sold objects from Elizabeth Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Michael Jackson, among others.
There is only the Olympic Tower to symbolize the Olympic Games, which will invest 73 days in London with all their load of sports, entertainment and business. Head to the Olympic Park where there are a number of structures and spectacular views from the sky that makes it even better. This will definitely a show with a lot of design effort.
Dall’Aquatics Olympic Centre Stadium, Arena dall’Handball the International Broadcast Centre, the Velodrome at the Basketball Arena, is a plethora of bold projects and daring achievements, which changed the face of the city.
If you are in London and you’re tired of the usual fish & chips, then you can opt for a true and delicious Neapolitan pizza.
The Fratelli La Buffalo (already present in Miami, New York and various European cities) has opened at the end of March 2012 in the heart of the city. The Fratelli La Buffalo remains open daily from 8 am to midnight.
Here, you can find many variations for pizza. If pizza is not what your taste buds is looking for, then you can just go for the appetizer and drinks that will be served with the typical and delicious taste of the restaurant.
On Tuesday nights, dine with the sound of live Italian music. Also, the Fratelli La Buffalo has other events to anticipate to. These are cooking show events and wine tasting, with the best wines from Campania.
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