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Cheap hotels in London

Book one of our cheap hotels in London and take advantage of comfortable accommodation and central locations. These hotels are great value for money, offering all the basic facilities that you need on budget vacations in London, at an affordable price.

Our cheap hotels in London range from simple 3 star hotels – Royal National or President are both set in popular central locations, to self-contained apartments like Astons, situated in quieter neighbourhoods. Many of our hotels enjoy great locations, with easy access to London’s major attractions. Look out for our exclusive deals and book your flights and hotel together to guarantee the cheapest fares for budget vacations in London.

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Free things to do in London

London is an expensive city, but there are lots of ways to make it friendlier on the bank balance. Think about its great views, lots of outdoor pursuits and free museum entry – just three ways that London helps to keep your holiday cheap.

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London Museum.

Best free museums

Most of London’s museums are free, unlike our European neighbours. Visit the superb and sprawling British Museum for a history of civilisation, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. The Imperial War Museum provides an account of the human experience of modern conflict. You can observe one of the greatest collections of decorative art at the V&A. Or the Natural History Museum welcomes you to its extensive and exciting collection of wonders from the natural world. For the more technologically minded, the interactive Science Museum will educate and entertain about modern scientific breakthroughs.

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Best markets

Whilst shopping isn’t free, you can still browse to your heart’s content. You could even try to pick up a bargain, like at Broadway Market in Hackney, where the hip crowd buy retro garments. Or the Columbia Road Flower Market in Bethnal Green, which takes place each Sunday come rain or shine, so head down to see flowers in full bloom. Head up to Camden Lock Market to find arts and crafts galore amid a bohemian atmosphere. Or browse second-hand collectables and historic objects d’art at the brilliant Bermondsey Square Antiques Market.

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Best outdoor.

Best outdoor

There are lots of parks and outdoor things to do in London, most of which are completely free. Take a stroll down the Southbank and see the skateboarders at the ‘undercroft’ of the Queen Elizabeth Hall, there has been skating there for 20-plus years. If you venture to Greenwich, you can find the Meridian Line – the line where east meets west. Also here is a beautiful palace and the Royal Observatory. Alternatively, visit Regent’s Park where you can stroll round the rose gardens, and splash out on a ride on the boating lake.

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Things to do.

Outlandish things to do for free

London has its share of quirky sites, like museums featuring Churchill’s dentures and hidden indoor gardens. The Hunterian Museum displays weird anatomical specimens from the 17th century onwards. Or visit the Barbican’s superb conservatory, which houses more than 2000 species of tropical plants from all over the world. The fantastic Postman’s Park, near St Paul’s, has the Memorial of Self Sacrifice – a collection of moving plaques about Londoners who gave their lives for someone else. Or venture to Hyde Park’s Speakers’ Corner, where (often rambling) orators hold discussions on anything and everything each Sunday.

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Music and culture.

Music and culture for free

If you know where to look, you can find free music concerts and guided tours all over the city. The St Martin in the Fields lunchtime concerts (1-2pm) feature musicians and choirs from all disciplines in stunning surroundings. The 45-minute free tours at Tate Modern take place daily, where the house experts happily donate their knowledge to willing ears. The Ain’t Nothin’ But club in Soho offers free entrySunday to Thursday, allowing visitors to listen to world-class blues musicians for free. And the Turner Collection at Tate Britain is always free and always spectacular.

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Free views.

Free views of the capital

Don’t want to pay the extravagant prices to go up the Shard? Then find the best views of London for free instead. The Sky Garden offers one of the best views in London from a skyscraper, but remember to book in advance. Or the reservations-only Vertigo 42 bar, at the top of Tower 42, has a spectacular panorama of the city. For great ground-level views, make your way to Primrose Hill in Regent’s Park - where London celebrities walk their dogs. Or try Parliament Hill on Hampstead Heath, to see the entire city at sunset.

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Free stuff for kids.

Free stuff for kids

The cost of visiting children's attractions can really add up on holidays. But there is always something to entertain your little ones for free in London. The Diana Memorial Playground in Kensington Gardens is an amazing space for kids – there is even a pirate ship – and the nearby Peter Pan statue will animate their imaginations. Or head south to Crystal Palace, where Victorian-era life sized concrete dinosaurs and a working maze will make their day. The wonderful Hackney City Farm has plenty of animals to pet, including pigs and donkeys, and is run by hardworking volunteers.

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