London is an awesome city; there’s so much going on that everyone can find something they enjoy.
I visited London on a budget for 4 days and still managed to see everything I wanted to, although I’ll definitely be back!
Top Tip: get an Oyster card and buy unlimited travel in zones 1&2. We saved about £50 in travel and it meant we could hop on and off the tube and the buses as much as we wanted to.
We stayed at The RE Hotel in Shoreditch through a secret hotel deal. The hotel was just used as somewhere to sleep at night so we didn’t really care about the facilities – except the free wifi!
I really liked the location; there’s a Tesco Express across the street and a bus stop that got us to Liverpool Street in 5 minutes. There’s also some cool bars and a red double-decker bus that sells alcohol and vegan food.
One highlight for me was getting to eat breakfast in the Sky Garden with glorious views across London. I love a bit of people watching and so it was fun to see the city up high. The bar had pastries, cakes, cookies and doughnuts for breakfast, with my sweet tooth I was in heaven! It’s also free entry unlike The Shard. I’d recommend booking a table to avoid disappointment as it’s popular.
I love live music and going to the theatre and I especially love going behind the scenes. So a tour of The Royal Albert Hall was definitely a highlight. The tour guide made exploring interesting and they let us watch a snippet of a show that they were rehearsing for. We also got to sit in the seats that Queen Lizzie & family would sit in if they were attending a show.
Camden was great for markets and had a bit of a buzz around the area. You could spend the whole day shopping there. I’ve wanted to visit the Cereal Killer Cafe for ages so was very excited when I got to have Lucky Stars cereal with Magic Stars. The Camden cafe is the biggest cafe they have (& the best in my opinion!).
The whole day at Greenwich was fun; the start of the journey began by taking the DLR (driverless railway) there. I naturally wanted to sit at the front where the driver would have normally sat. Once off the train, there was a lovely walk up to the Greenwich Royal Observatory – and when you got there you could see the centre of London with all its tall buildings staring back at you. At the observatory, you can watch a show at the planetarium and stand on the Meridian line.
We also went on the London Eye (& discovered that I’m not as good with heights as I thought) and visited the Tower of London. Both attractions should have cost over £100 for our tickets but I googled cheap ticket deals and got 4 tickets for just over £60!
However, I definitely enjoyed myself more doing the less touristy things of Laaandaaaan.