“When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford” – Dr Samuel Johnson.
You are guaranteed to experience an unforgettable time learning English in London, a city famous for its world-class historical and cultural attractions, multicultural population and a city filled with lively markets that offer something unique. Also, when you study English in London, you have the opportunity to meet students from all over the world, so it is for this reason that London is the ideal city to visit, explore, and learn English.
Every student knows that studying and living in a big city can be expensive, and finding the cheapest ways to do things can be difficult. Luckily, there are many opportunities for students on a budget to lower their costs and enjoy London without spending large amounts of money. This article will give you some tips on how to enjoy London on a budget.
The best transportation method? Walking
Did you know that according to the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, London is one of the world’s most walkable cities? Walking around London is the cheapest way of exploring a beautiful city filled with historical attractions, lovely architecture, and even green spaces and parks.
The Thames Path (picture below) is a walk I would suggest, as you will see all the historical sites whilst enjoying an amazing walk such as the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, galleries, theatres, and restaurants. However, The Thames Path is a long-distance walking route, so make sure you plan your walking trip in London, especially in areas where you can take pictures of attractive buildings and tourist attractions along the South Bank during your walk.
The Best Free Museums
There are thirty (yes, 30) free museums you can visit in London, where there are opportunities to enter some of the best museums in the UK. The most visited museums in London are National Gallery, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, and Tate Modern.The British Museum is the most popular (free) museum in London. It is a museum full of human history, culture, and art. Did you know that British Museum is one of the first buildings to use electric lighting? This shows how historic it is. Another reason for visiting this museum is the location. Located in Bloomsbury, this brings you close to many lovely green parks, art galleries, coffee shops, theatres, and Oxford Street!
The location of your School of English
Learning English at a language school in Oxford Street, such as Speak Up London, is ideal because the atmosphere and the vibes are spectacular. Oxford Street is one of Europe’s busiest shopping streets and has something for everyone. Take a walk on Oxford Street and explore other areas of interest, like Bond Street, Marble Arch, Hyde Park, and Leicester Square.
Street Food, cheap food!
Markets have become popular in recent years. Londoners and visitors visit markets in the capital city because of the offering of good deals, creative street food, and even vintage clothes! There is something for everyone. Camden Market is known for its entertainment and fashion. Borough Market is known for its fresh food, fruits, and vegetables. Some restaurants even offer cookery classes.
So, if you are a foodie who likes tasting different cuisines whilst saving money, this market is worth visiting. Old Spitalfields Market is known for its antiques, collectables, and flowers. I recommend visiting these three markets, where prices for food, clothes and other items are reasonable. This will help you save money.
Hopefully, this has given you some thought about studying in London and enjoying the city on a budget. It is important to remember that London is not a cheap city to live in, but it can be explored and enjoyed on a budget if you know what to do and where to visit.
Author: Uwais – Teacher