London is the city of opportunities! You might not believe it yet, but there are many ways to find freebies and discounts in London. There are hundreds of hidden gems and secret ways to avoid spending all your money in the first few weeks. London is full of different activities so we have broken down all the fun of the capital into different categories, giving you advice on how to find the best freebies and discounts of each one.
Enjoy Culture in London
Culture is the easiest category in which to find freebies and discounts. That’s because a lot of culture in London is free to enjoy anyway. Most of the city museums are free to enter, and amazing to experience. You can spend days exploring them all; learning about dinosaurs in the Natural History Museum, appreciating the modern art of the Tate Modern and seeing original Van Gogh paintings in the National Gallery.
Unlike galleries and museums, the theatre is not free in London. You can, however, get some great discounts on shows. Check out online sites like Tickets.london for cheap tickets. Alternatively head down to Leicester Square in person, where ticket booths create cheap deals directly with the theatres.
If you keep your schedule open, tickets are cheaper on the day. You can also get £5 standing tickets at Shakespeare’s Globe. To stand in one of the world’s most famous theatres and watch one of the world’s most famous plays, that’s not a bad price.
Eating in London
One of the best ways to find free food in London is by asking the locals. They will know the newest restaurants, still offering promotional discounts. Or, they will know the discount deals of the nearest cafes, and the best time to go. Don’t be scared to ask around, it’s a great way to improve your English and to engage with your community.
Picnics in the park in London can be fun and are much less expensive than buying sandwiches from cafes. Head to a large supermarket, buy some bread rolls, some cheese and a bag of lettuce leaves, and you have a picnic for two for less than £5.
You can usual find vouchers that offer discounts on restaurants. You can even get apps on your phone, which highlight on a map the local restaurants currently offering a bargain. With all the competition, London restaurants love to stand out by using promotional freebies. Check out websites like Student Money Saver and their page of Food Freebies and Discounts, which offers discounts on your favourite restaurants.
Go off the beaten track
One of the best ways to find London freebies is by discovering the alternative scene. Some of the greatest things in London can be found away from the city’s main attractions. Read travel blogs focusing on lesser known attractions. Head to markets in Camden, Covent Garden, and Borough, where you can find bargains galore. Don’t be afraid to haggle for your discount!
If you do want to see the main sights, it’s usually cheaper to book online and in advance. You can also get discounts by buying tourist jumbles. For example, one including the London Eye, Aquarium and Dungeons in one reduced cost.
One of the greatest freebies of London: a free walking tour. Based on donation tips, these are a fantastic way to see the city in an informed and engaging way, meet new people and get a local perspective, all for a low price! In fact, you choose how much you want to give. It totally depends on your budget.
Love London Life!
Over 100,000 international students choose to study in London each year. With its historical monuments, cultural wonders, international cuisine, traditional pubs, buzzing nightlife and exciting urban scene, it is easy to see why London is the most popular study destination in the world. Now it’s your turn – search for the freebies, enjoy the discounts and have the time of your life in London!
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