A little over a month ago I spent a few days in London. I loved everything about this city. I felt safe, the architecture was amazing, and there is so much to see and do. It’s impossible to get bored. Unfortunately I could only stay for a few days because I had to move on with my travels. But I feel so blessed to have been able to experience this lovely, historical place.
If you’re traveling on a budget, there are plenty of things you can do without blowing it all. London is an expensive city, but there are ways to stick with your budget. Check out my non-expensive two day guide to London!
1. Start your day by grabbing some tea or coffee along with a hearty breakfast at your hostel (if offered). While in London I stayed at St. Christopher’s Inn. The location was spot on and the prices start at 13 pounds per night. It came with a free breakfast in the morning, bed linens, lockers for luggage, and there was a pub on the main floor. Located just a few steps away from the Tube and the London Bridge Train Station, it’s really easy to find and get to.
2. After getting your food fix, schedule a free walking tour through Sandemans. You’ll get to see the city by foot with a great tour guide. It’s the perfect way to get acquainted with the city and learn more about its history. You’ll makes stops at Buckingham Palace, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben and more. Make sure to bring comfortable shoes as the tour runs about 2.5 hours long. Trust me, it’s worth every step!
3. Once you are finished with your walking tour, you might want to sit and relax for a bit. 2.5 hours of walking is exhausting. There are plenty of pubs to choose from, but a cheap option is a Wetherspoon’s. They offer cheaper pub food and drinks.
4. If you are looking for a more relaxing night after dinner, get tickets to see a show. I haven’t had the chance to see a show, but I will make sure to see one the next time I come back. Because there will be a next time!
1. Day two is for getting lost in the city. Not really lost, but a day for roaming around the city and finding the hidden and not so hidden treasures.
2. Head towards Chelsea, London. It’s not as touristy as other parts and there are plenty of free museums to visit. If you are into worldly art history, check out the V & A Museum. I could have spent hours in this museum. They offer exhibits on fashion history, religious history and architectural history from all over the world.
Another museum in the area is The Natural History Museum. Unfortunately I had other plans on my agenda, so I did not have time to explore this museum. But I could tell from the outside, it would have been an amazing experience.
3. Chelsea is a beautiful part of the city. The houses are gorgeous and dreamlike, the stores are cute and it’s altogether a lovely atmosphere to be in. A must see street in Chelsea is Bywater Street. This street is home to adorable pastel homes which make for great photos.
Checking out the museums will consume a lot of your day, but these museums are stunning. They aren’t boring and there is a museum for everybody. Luckily I scheduled myself an extra day in London whilst on my way to Edinburgh so I could go explore some more. I love this city and all it has to offer. It’s homey, beautiful, and full of history. If seeing London isn’t on your bucket list yet, you must add it! I promise you, you will fall in love with it.
I hope this guide has helped you and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me! I would love to help you plan out your trip to London.
Leave a comment below if you’ve been to London and tell me your favorite part of visiting, I’d love to hear your tips.
Thanks for reading.
Much Love, Courteney 🙂