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Big cities can be expensive but with help you can experience London on a Shoestring

London can be an expensive place to visit, but if you are smart, you can find lots of great things to do in the UK’s capital city that won’t break the bank. Here are some suggestions to get you thinking. For great value deals on London hotels, check out the Millenium Hotels website.

The British Museum

Every two weeks, the British Museum holds a demonstration of the Japanese tea ceremony, where you can enjoy the traditional Japanese tea drinking experience for free. They also regularly host free gallery talks centred around their current exhibitions, most of which are about 45 minutes long.

Lunchtime recitals

Classical music concerts in London can often be rather expensive, but there are plenty of free and cheap lunchtime recitals where you can hear top-notch musicians performing in exquisite church settings. For example, the Church of St. James, Piccadilly hosts free 50-minute concerts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and St Giles-in-the-Fields Church has free concerts every Friday from 1.10pm. While these concerts are technically free, donations are encouraged.

Pie and mash at Manze's

There are lots of nice cafes in London where you can have a bite to eat for less than a fiver, but very few of them are as pretty as Manze’s café on Tower Bridge Road, which is London’s oldest pie and mash shop. Here you can have a traditional Londoner’s lunch of pie and mash with a side of jellied or stewed eels in a delightful green and cream tiled art nouveau setting, which has been largely unchanged in over a century.

London's bookshops

London has some of the best bookshops in the world, ranging from antiquarian and second hand book stores to shops with a huge range of recent releases. So, if you’re feeling a little frazzled from the night before, why not kick back in Foyles, Hatchards, Skoob, or London Review Books and slowly work your way through a classic novel?

Coffee in the West End

If you fancy a classic Italian coffee, steer clear of the big name chains and head for one of the more characterful independent coffee shops in London’s West End. Caffe Vergnano 1882 and Bar Italia are perfect if you need a quick expresso to perk you up during a hard day’s trekking round London. If you have a bit more time on your hands and want to have a relaxing cuppa and a chat, you could try Lantana or the charming Milk Bar instead. 

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Last updated 20 September 2011