15 things to do for £15 in London: Travel, Experience & Activities Guide
Who said having fun In the UK’s capital city had to cost a small fortune? Just for you fellow Londoners and our wonderful visitors that choose to spend time here exploring, I have put together a list of varied attractions and activities. You can enjoy these on you own, with friends, family or even think how good it will be to mix up the usual date night outings? There is no need to break the budget or miss out on having lots of fun in London; go explore, be inspired, laugh, find new interests and wander until your heart is content.
You could pick a few of my 15 suggestions that spark your interest most or pick one a week/month until you work your way through the list. Whatever you choose to do next, treat yourself, take action and let me know how you get on. I absolutely love hearing about adventures, and all of these only cost £15 or less!
- Cinema with a twist £1-15
Try an alternative take on the cinema experience with various providers across the city offering multiple activities for 1 price. 3 great options include;
- Head to the Iconic Grand the-grand-presents.designmynight for upcoming films like Grease, Notting Hill, The inbetweeners and High School Musical. Tickets start from a mere £1 and many of the events are themed so you can really get into the spirit of the movie. Enjoy added benefits on offer included unlimited £1 popcorn, competitions, photo booths and drinking games. They boast the biggest cinematic screen in London and you’ll be sheltered in all weathers.
- Try the Luna Cinema thelunacinema.com (across various venues including Battersea, Tooting & Crystal Palace) for popular modern and classic films enjoyed under the stars, simply buy a ticket to one of the amazing settings, bring a blanket and feel free to take your own food to most venues. You can catch films like The Jungle Book, LaLa Land and Slumdog Millionaire and even upgrade to being seated in a director’s chair with food and drink included.
- The Exhibit Venue theexhibit.co.uk/makando/ hosts loads of interesting things to do and this movie night is no exception. With Latin American live music plus a film at their monthly event for £15 you can enjoy the Cuban themed evening in a laid back venue.
- Picnic in a Royal Park- Free entry/£15pp for picnic budget
There are 8 Royal parks to visit in the London with beautiful surroundings and wildlife to enjoy. Entry is free and all you need to do is spend your money on travel & lunch!
Top options include Victoria Tower Gardens, Bushy Park & Hyde Park click here (https://www.royalparks.org.uk/ ) for more info.
I’ve tested this one out for 2 people & here are my results with a £30 budget!
Deal 1 (Bus hopper)
Deal 2 (Taking the Tube)
(both cheaper if using oyster or contactless card)
All day bus pass £5 x2
All day off peak travel card £12.30 x2
1 litre apple/orange juice
Tesco Sandwich (7 options)
Tesco finest crisps (150g)
Popcorn (variety pack)
(enough savings to upgrade to prosecco & cakes)
(would have to ditch the strawberries & grab a pack of biscuits instead!)
All prices correct as of July 2017 @ tesco.com
Now all you need to do is pick a date, pack some cutlery, tissues, hand gel, blanket and plastic cups/tumblers from home & get outside!!!
3. Performances at the Globe Theatre £5+
You can get standing yard tickets for daytime shows from www.shakespearesglobe.com from just a fiver at the venue that celebrates the work of Shakespeare through performance, talks, exhibitions and various events. This playhouse is set alongside the River Thames and is currently hosting performances such as Twelfth Night & King Lear.
4. Kew Gardens £14/15
How about visiting Kew to enjoy the splendours of a royal botanical garden housing plants from around the world in spectacular showcases and serene spaces. You can cross the treetop walkway 18 metres off the ground, spend time in the multi-sensory bee hive experience or check out some Japanese landscaping.
5. Swim or Aquathlon Challenge £10/£12
Head down to Lee Valley https://www.gowhitewater.co.uk/activities to take part in an adrenaline filled challenge. You can either test your skills with an open water swim assessment at their lake or up the pace to try out the Aquathlon. With the 2nd option you have 2 races to choose from 1) 250m swim followed by a 3km run or 500m swim followed by a 5.5km run. Get booking if you think you can handle it!
6. Life drawing Class £7
Book your place at http://theexhibit.co.uk/life-drawing/
Here you can test out your artistic skills whether you’re a complete amateur like me or an experienced artist taking on a new challenge can always be fun. The entry price includes material and you can go along any Wednesday evening to The Exhibit near Balham station.
7. Museum Hopper £0
Get a cultural and Education fix in South Kensington by visiting the Natural History & Science Museum set within a stone’s throw of each other. People flock from all over the world to see the amazing dinosaur exhibitions, take part in hair raising science experiments, crochet workshops and discover collections of weird and wonderful creatures. A journey through time has never been easier with lots of places to stop, rest and grab a coffee and who knows you may even learn something new!
8. Royal Opera House £0
If you fancy spending a lunchtime in a relaxing environment you can head down to The Strand and check out the free recitals from Opera’s rising stars. These can be booked @ http://www.roh.org.uk/recitals 9 days in advance or tickets obtained from the venue up until midday on the day of performances.
9. Winter Wonderland £0
If you are exploring in the winter months an absolute must is the winter wonderland open Nov 21st – Jan 4th each year, with 2017/18 celebrating its 10th anniversary. Located in the popular Hyde Park and transforms into a magical space hosting fun fair rides, ice skating, Santa land, circus acts & food markets amongst beautiful displays of light. You’re also in a prime position to check out the amazing Christmas displays in the Oxford Street shops and soak up a buzzing festive London. Prices for food are a little pricey inside the park but definitely part of the overall winter market feel. Alternatively, there are plenty of fast food and reasonably priced restaurants in the area. Some attractions are payable inside and can be pre-booked. An amazing way to end the year with a little bit, no, a lot of magic!
10. Visit Greenwich via water and air £14.90
Starting at Excel London: Royal Docks (accessed via the DLR). From here board Emirates Air Line to North Greenwich to experience a 360 degree tour as you cross the River Thames in a cable car and land next to the iconic 02. You can then take a wander around the Queen’s Greenwich Park, with entertainment often provided over the summer months. From Greenwich, you can take in some of the cities most famous sites by hopping on board MBNA’s Thames Clipper boat. This include passing world famous sites like Big Ben, St Paul's Cathedral, London Eye and the Tower of London.
You can book a combined single Emirates air & Thames clipper ticket with bonus entry to Emirates Aviation Experience (in Greenwich) for just £14.90 per adult every day.
TIP: Check Excel’s website for entry to free exhibitions, conventions or other events they hold throughout the year.
11. Street art tour £8 alternativeldn.co.uk
For under 10 quid you can go along and enjoy approx. 2 hours showcasing East London’s creativity, available selected weekends and weekdays by this award winning tour company. You will be led by well-known street artists and see the best the city has to offer with a knowledgeable guide by your side. It’s available for participants 10 years old and up and you can choose to upgrade to a graffiti workshop afterwards at Alternative London’s own gallery and studio. Added bonus- the company also host free workshops for residents of Hackney and Tower Hamlets so if your local go and check them out.
12. Morning Gloryville £7 – 17.95
According to the organisers they are “on a soul-shaking mission to expand hearts and minds” and have been going since 2013 and reached 15 countries. This is the ultimate experience for sober party goers, yogi’s, wandering souls and those that want a fun injection without being hung over and forgetting half of your night out! Imagine bubbles, colourful outfits, free massage, organics coffee, energy boosting smoothies, exercise sessions, DJ’s spinning all your favourite feel good tunes & more all at your disposal to party your way into the day instead of hiding under the duvet. This all happens between 6.30 - 10.30 am in Ministry of Sound (Elephant & Castle). Book ahead for early bird prices @ www.morninggloryville.com
13. Afternoon Tea £14-15 ww.afternoonteaonline.co.uk
An English tradition where a pot of tea can be enjoyed by all with a variety of mini sandwiches, cakes, scones and some even offer special offers of unlimited prosecco. No longer do you have to reserve this relaxing and indulgent afternoon pastime for special occasions with a host of offers at prices that will keep even the most conservative of spenders happy. Check out a range of options covering location such as Tower Bridge, Croydon, Soho and Islington and can all be easily booked on-line in minutes so you can plan ahead. All you need to do now is pick the best hideaway or most opulent venue to visit.
14. Borough Market £0-15 http://boroughmarket.org.uk
If you can simply window shop and soak up the atmosphere of a varied bustling market then it will not cost you a penny but I suggest you bring your cash to sample some of the irresistible eclectic foods on offer as you wander through the historic streets of London’s iconic market, which is over 1000 years old. It’s based near London Bridge, has accessible facilities, open 6 days a week/7 days in December (limited market Mondays & Tuesdays) and has various events throughout the year to add to the buzz of this great location.
15. Rebel Bingo £12 (early bird price)
Lastly think of a whole new sub culture for Mecca Bingo, these people defy tradition, are all about fun and want to turn the idea of a quiet game on it’s head. Loud music, an atmosphere you can freely swear in and totally express yourself, true rebels at heart. Check out the video at www.rebelbingo.com to see if you can handle it.
So that's it, my guide to enjoying outings in one of the world's most popular cities in the most interesting ways.
I'd love to hear what your favourites are so don't forget to comment below.