There’s no denying that London is a fantastic city with so much to offer. As a temporary Londoner, summer is my favourite time of year to finally get outside and discover old and new activities to do in London on a budget.
5 activities to do in London in summer
1. Visit the Royal Parks
London has no shortage of parks – in fact its one of the greenest cities in the world. There are many parks in Central London but if you’re looking for outdoor activities to do in London, Hyde Park has it all. You can hire row boats and paddle boats on the Serpentine, pack a picnic and relax in the meadows, ride a ‘Boris’ bicycle or simply stroll around Hyde Park.
2. Go on a walking tour of London
London is a city full of history and each street has its own story. London walking tours are a great budget activity – whether you choose to do-it-yourself or go on a guided tour. The best thing about the big sights in London is how close in proximity they are – you can walk from Big Ben across Westminster Bridge to the London Eye and then along the River Thames to Southbank. Or book a guided tour using a discount voucher from Smartsave – discover the darker side of London on a Jack the Ripper tour or channel your inner wizard on a Harry Potter tour of London.
3. Discover London’s unique museums of all types
Most of London’s big museums are free like the British Museum and Victoria & Albert museum. However there are also many other unique and interesting museums around London like the Design Museum, Cartoon Museum or the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. Visiting museums are fantastic group activities to do in London since there’s definitely a museum for everyone!
4. Visit Greenwich on a day trip from London
Visiting Greenwich is a fun activity to do in London and is an easy day trip outside of the city. You can hop on a leisurely city cruise down the River Thames to get to the heart of Greenwich. Fun activities to do in Greenwich include checking out the weekend markets, seeing the Royal Observatory where Greenwich Mean Time was established and seeing some spectacular views of London from Greenwich Hill.
5. Head to the West End of London and see an award-winning musical
London’s summer can be unpredictable – so when the rain appears the best activities to do in London are indoors. On a rainy day, head to London’s infamous West End to see the world’s best musicals. You can often find discount vouchers from sites like Smartsave to have a pre-theatre dinner and night out on the town whilst on a budget.
This is a sponsored post by Smartsave – the home of great discounts for activities to do in London, the UK and abroad. All thoughts and opinions are my own.