Budget-Friendly Things to Do in London

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  • Runevester
    Aalborg, Denmark313 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hard to criticize something that is free but the exhibition itself is pretty old school with text boards and very little visitor interaction though there were some stands with custodians who presented various artifacts that you were allowed to touch. It probably has to be that way due to the large crowds. The building itself is also very impressive. Nearest underground station is Holborn on the (purple) Piccadilly Line.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • dawn m
    London, UK98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I Had prebooked my ticket a few days in advance but didn't seem much of a que away, I Walked around there is so much to see and I was pleasantly surprised how much I recognised as I've only just started getting into art, i only had 90 minutes freetime until I needed to return to work but i will return again and get the tour
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • 5.0 of 5 bubbles
    PROS
    * Amazing world famous iconic structure
    * Truly "brilliant" incredible one-of-a-kind architecture
    * One of the leading symbols of London and Britain

    CONS
    This is an active busy thoroughfare always full of vehicular traffic and pedestrians

    "I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
    ... because I love it- I am truly enamored of it. I love every single detail and I wanted to study it and see it from every perspective and every level and every angle. So please see and "like" my many "helpful" 👍photos from the street, from on the bridge, from in the bridge and on the walkways at the top, from the Tower of London, from Sky Garden, from the Uber boat dock and from the Queens Walk as well as from the underground below machine room.

    For the practical aspects of my experience-

    I bought an on-line dated and timed ticket with my best estimation for after I finished my "visit" of the Tower of London. My calculation was "off," but upon entry to the Tower, my dated pass was not scanned, so I could leave, visit the bridge and return, which is what I did.

    Scanning of ticket and entrance to the inside was easy quick and no waiting.

    I chose the stairs to the top, rather than the elevator. The stairs are vintage, probably original from the construction in the ke1880s- again, see my many "helpful" 👍photos.

    There are descriptions and demonstrations and exhibits of the design and construction of the tower and its history, including grainy videos.

    Walking across the two parallel walkways is incredible- the views and the glass floor. In addition, I studied the constructions of the tower from that level. From the glass floor, I "stepped" on several gigantic double-decker buses and photographed that.

    I went and rested on the Queen's Walk but did not go to the immediately nearby attractions of City Hall and the HMS Belfast, nor did I go to the Shard, but I admired it from afar.

    I descended into the machine room and walked through it- I didn't understand a thing.

    I returned to the street level walkway of the bridge to do people watching and candid photography of passersby. I also made selfie videos of myself doing a Queen- style waving to those on the upper deck of the tourist boats, and I was thrilled to get a roaring raucous waving and response from those tourists (video sent immediately to daughter-in-law, who does and mimics the formal and somewhat disinterested wave that our late and beloved Queen used to do).

    WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
    Yes- absolutely- something on the order of 10GBP, with a senior reduction

    WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN
    For sure

    ADVICE
    * Purchase dated and timed tickets on line
    * Combine this activity with the Tower of London and/or HMS Belfast, the Shard and/or Sky Garden.

    FULL DISCLOSURE
    "I visited this place" with the plan to write a "helpful" review and to attach many "helpful" photos here on tripadvisor, so if these did "help" you, please indicate that by tikking the "thumbs up" 👍 symbol. Thanks.
    Written 27 February 2024
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  • Cheycf
    Cradley Heath, UK36 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visited the V&A one afternoon whilst on a trip to London recently, it wasn't somewhere I would've chosen personally but my partner wanted to visit so off we went.

    The first thing you can't help but notice is how absolutely massive it is and how slightly confusing the layout is. My partner had a couple of specific things he wanted to see so we were able to find those but after that is just an endless maze of large rooms filled with a variety of objects. Some rooms I could quite happily have just given a cursory glance at and walked through quite quickly, it entirely depends on your interests of course but for me, there's only so many status I can look at before I find it gets a little repetitive. Other rooms were filled with all sorts of interesting bits, including items I wouldn't have thought I'd find interesting!

    It was much quieter than the other large museums we had visited during our a stay so it was a nice escape from the bustling crowds and noise. We only spent about two hours here as we'd been on our feet all day and were getting pretty tired and we barely even scratched the surface so if this is the type of place you want to really explore I would recommend at least a full day, if not more, in order to see everything.

    The building itself is very grand and any military/war enthusiasts won't want to miss the bomb damage to the exterior walls at the side entrance.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Thomas H
    London, UK12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Natural History Museum in London is a captivating treasure trove of the natural world, showcasing awe-inspiring exhibits and interactive displays that will ignite your curiosity. From towering dinosaur skeletons to dazzling gemstones, the museum offers a fascinating journey through Earth's history and biodiversity. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, a curious explorer, or simply looking for an enriching experience, the Natural History Museum promises an unforgettable adventure for visitors of all ages. Come and discover the wonders of our planet firsthand – a visit to this extraordinary museum is an absolute must!
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • neet181
    Salisbury, UK352 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting attraction, with chance to explore the history of Churchills war rooms. We also enjoyed lunch in the cafe where food is served in mess tins which is a nice touch, and the staff were really friendly and happy to answer questions about the rooms.
    Written 2 March 2024
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  • mistermarcus1972
    Hereford, UK472 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Always worth a visit when in London, this market showcases some of the best foods around. From high end to street food and everything in between, be prepared to queue for almost every place here.
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • Lenny H
    Auckland, New Zealand794 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A large park, great for a walk. Certainly not one of the prettier Hyde Parks we’ve visited, but wonderful to have so much green space amid the hustle and bustle of London.
    Written 2 March 2024
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  • AustintoBoston
    Boston, MA324 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Many people had recommended Camden Market to me, but with all the other sights to see, it wasn't really at the top of our priority list. We finally visited on the last day, and I am so glad we did. The market is really quite sprawling, and at points feels like a maze of stalls and alleys. It is the PERFECT place to grab lunch; there are tons of food stalls with food from what seems like every country in the world. The ones with the longest lines are usually a good sign - we went to the mac and cheese one and were not disappointed. My only complaint is that there is VERY limited outdoor seating, so if you visit on a weekend like we did, you basically have to find a corner where you aren't bumping into people and eat wherever you can. Still glad I came.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • pab
    Peak District National Park, UK216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour of the HOP.
    Really enjoyable and a must do for any person interested in how it all works at the Palace of Westminster. Paul was very informative and amusing (he reminded me of Simon le Bon). So do it if you can…fab experience of approx 1.5 hrs
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • DrCDB
    Chile520 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive and beautiful. Fantastic both at day and night. Recommendable to spend some time for a quick visit at day light and another at night.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • Road16881794620
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mr Akhil was very polite and helpful! He patiently explained all the flavours, we requested him to suggest the best seller as well. Excellent service and quality of ice cream.
    Written 1 March 2024
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  • Paul L
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent day out. Right from the start we were made to feel welcome. A lovely lady Jacqueline greeted us and made entry procedure very easy. Security supervisor Cosimir was also very helpful.
    Written 3 March 2024
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  • pab
    Peak District National Park, UK216 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very much enjoyed the guided tour with Sarah and found it all very interesting.
    Even better in the shop as there was a sale on certain things and then we could get a further 20% off as we did the tour. That’s the presents sorted!
    If you want you can get future entry for free in the summer to do your own headset guide tour and also explore the gardens (which we couldn’t ) So all in all, probs good value for money overall if you decided to do that.
    Not allowed photos though so had to be stored in the memory banks 👍 and also disappointed we couldn’t go on the famous balcony and wave at the crowds. Lovely touch that the thrones are recovered to save the planet….hilarious!🤔
    Written 26 February 2024
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  • James
    London, UK8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    On my bucket list for some time. I have had a romance with the outside of this place ever since moving to London, and was so inspired by this visit. The stairs are narrow but the architecture is simply beautlful, words cannot describe the intricacies of it all. Fantastic choice of place to go to, would recommend to anyone.
    Written 3 February 2024
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