There’s no beating a weekend in London. With so much culture, art and atmosphere on offer, it’s no wonder millions of visitors flock to the UK’s capital city every month.
But London’s expensive – and a weekend in the capital can set you back a good few hundred pounds, even if you’re trying to do it cheaply. For many would-be visitors, the costs of spending an all-inclusive weekend in London can be a real turn-off.
But it’s possible to enjoy a non-restrictive, all-inclusive weekend in London without spending a fortune. We’re talking sightseeing, entertainment, food and drink and accommodation. In this guide, we explain how.
Cheap weekend apartments in London
Finding an affordable place to stay in London can be the most effective way to keep your overall costs down – but an affordable place in London is not easy to find. Hotel prices in the capital are much higher than the UK average, and at weekends, guests will have to front the premium prices on top. In fact, the average cost of a London hotel is £150 a night - with many other charging significantly more than that.
But there are ways to keep your accommodation costs down. For example, staying further away from the city centre is an option. Others opt to rent spare rooms in Airbnb apartments so they’re not paying to rent a whole flat.
However, if you do want your own space and you want to be central, that’s where Stay Central comes in.
With Stay Central, you can stay in University of London apartments and halls for as long as you need, whether it’s a weekend trip or longer. Our accommodation is both affordable and fantastically located, letting you stay in the heart of London for significantly less than most hotels and apartments in the area. For more information about our range of accommodation, take a look at the availability and prices here.
Cheap and affordable sightseeing in London
There’s a lot to see in London, and a lot of it you can see for free - or at least very cheaply. Some of the most iconic landmarks in London don’t cost a thing to go and see. These include:
- Seeing the lions at Trafalgar Square
- Walking by London Bridge
- Going to see the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben (Although up until 2021 you’ll see quite a lot of scaffolding instead of a clock face)
- Walking by Southbank to see the London Eye
- Walking through Camden Market
- Browsing the stalls at Borough Market
If you do have some money budgeted for sightseeing in London, you can opt for a tour of London. Many people choose bus tours to get a grasp of the city, but a great way to do this cheaply is by joining a Free Walking Tour.
In a Free Walking Tour, a trained, local guide will take you around various monuments in London, explaining the history behind each of the landmarks. The best bit about these tours is you won’t have to pay a thing! Although it is expected that you tip at the end of the tour, this will still cost much less than a bus or paid tour – and you’ll get a lot for your money!
You can take a look at the range of free tours offered here. Covering everything from the main landmarks of London, to tours dedicated to London’s graffiti and pubs – you’ll be able to find a sight-seeing tour that will guide you through the parts of London you want to experience.