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London


Visiting London can be very expensive. And if you're a backpacker or a traveler on a budget then this is the article for you. Read on to find out how to experience this magnificent city without breaking the bank.

Accommodation

Where are you going to be staying? Most travellers recommend staying somewhere central because the great thing about London is that all of the main hot spots are within walking distance. So you're going to save a lot of money on transport costs. There are a bunch of hostels in central London where you can stay in cheap dorm accommodation throughout the year. But if you are here in summer time, then there is a special deal. Imperial College is a university based in London that opens up its accommodation to the public throughout the summer from July to September. This is based in South Kensington, a one minute walk from High Park, the Royal Albert Hall, and a three minute walk from many of London's most famous museums. So it's the perfect base for exploring. You can arrive direct from Heathrow to South Kensington on the Piccadilly Line with no fuss. You can opt for a single or twin room, with or without ensuite.

Visit Museums and Parks

There's a lot of things that you can do in London for free. One of the favorite things to do is just to come for a walk or hang out in one of London's many free parks. Primaries Hill is a place where you can get the best views of the city. There's also the Regent's Park, Hyde Park, which is the one closest to Imperial, and St James's Park, which is right by Buckingham Palace. Then there's Richmond Park, where you can see all the deer, and that's just to name a few.

Another really good free thing that you could do is visit one of London's magnificent museums. The majority of them will not cost you a penny, including the British Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum.

Covent Garden

This is an area that is very central in London because it's a little bit quieter than the rest of Zone One and also has a little bit more charming. You'll find really great shopping and food all around the area and kind of being in the center of it all.

Shoreditch

Shoreditch is a really interesting area and is a great option for those who are in their 20s and 30s. The area is known for its world-famous street art and a fantastic place for food and drink experiences. You have to always be on your toes while you're here because once second you might see a hipster walk down the road with no shoes on, and then you'll turn around, and you'll be in front of a brand new Banksy that's just appeared on the wall. And if you want to party, this is a great area to stay in.

Kensington and Chelsea

If you want to stay in a high-end neighborhood in London, then check out the Kensington and Chelsea areas. The houses here are absolutely incredible. Most people here use new SUVs to move around. And this is a place that you're probably going to end up spotting some celebrity, because many of them live and stay in this area. There's lots of great high-end shopping here and also some good food spots.

Kings Cross

Kings Cross is incredibly well-connected to the rest of London. There's been tons of great new food options popping up in Kings Cross recently. And this is where you'll also find the same Pancras Hotel, which is where the Spice Girls famous music video was shot. So there's a lot to discover in this area if you decide you don't want to branch out too much.

London is one of the oldest and most visited cities in the world. Planning and executing a perfect trip is not difficult. Follow the tips above for a memorable vacation.



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