Anyone who has ever taken a short break to London, or even visited the city for business reasons, will already know that the typical weekend in the nation’s capital city tends to make quite a dent in your wallet. From public transport to a meal in a commercial property restaurant, London prices are famed for being significantly higher than in other areas of the country.
Also, with an action packed summer of sport, with Wimbledon and the Olympics both drawing crowds of thousands to the city, prices in commercial properties are expected to rocket. This could prove to be a welcome boost to Britain’s ailing economy, but not such good news for families and visitors to the city who wish to absorb London culture without paying a massively inflated entrance fee.
However, there is some good news – many popular attractions in London are, in fact, free of charge. The city is known as a cultural and historic city, and therefore many commercial properties reflect this, displaying art, architecture and history seamlessly. Best of all, most art galleries and museums in London allow visitors into the commercial property buildings free of charge.
The British Museum, which is recognised as Britain’s most popular tourist attraction, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Imperial War Museum are all prime examples of entertaining and educational things to do in London on a budget. With thousands of tourists from all over the world converging on London this summer, it may even be the ideal time to visit, as the commercial properties may take second place to the various sporting events being held in the capital.
However, if you prefer a more contemporary pastime, London’s wealth of art galleries may be just what you’re looking for. The National Gallery is world renowned for its collection of western European paintings and daring installations, making it an ideal place to spend an afternoon. Also, until 23rd September, Tracey Emin’s exhibition, “She Lay Down Deep Beneath The Sea”, will be available to view free of charge in Margate, as part of the Turner Contemporary initiative.
There are also many music events, shows and comedy performances taking place throughout the summer, both open air and within some of London’s most popular commercial properties. So if the Olympic Games are getting your goat, or you are wishing Wimbledon was over already, why not discover the creative, cultural and charming side of Britain’s capital city instead?
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