Are you planning a trip to London as a group? Whether you’re a group of friends, students, or from an organisation or if you’re from the UK or visiting from another country, we’ve got tips for you to get the most out of your visit without breaking the bank.
London is a fantastic city to experience with other people. However, like any amazing tourist destination, accommodation, travel, food and entertainment in London can be more expensive than other cities. Group city breaks in London could easily get very expensive, very quickly.
Organising a London trip for a group of people may become stressful for everyone involved if the costs start to spiral out of control. But don’t let the prospect of expensive hotels and over-priced tourist attractions put you off. In this article we’ll tell you how to keep your group stay in London firmly in budget without compromising on how you experience the city and everything it has to offer.
Affordable group activities in London: tourist attractions
If you want to keep your group stay in London affordable for everyone, consider low cost or free things to do and see. After all, London has so many free tourist attractions to make the most of.
At Stay Central, we think that you can have a great time without spending a penny. Here are some great ideas for free things to do with your group in London.
Free things to do in London for groups
1. See Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter
Is your group made up of some serious Harry Potter fans? If so, make sure to pay a visit to a film location that appears throughout the Harry Potter films.
Platform 9 3/4 is tucked away in the back of King’s Cross Station. Visitors can take a photo as they push their trolley through the magical barrier to the other side.
2. Visit St. Paul's Cathedral
Visiting St. Paul’s Cathedral costs a lot if you buy a ticket to go inside. However, it’s worth knowing that this historic church holds services on weekday evenings and throughout the day on Sundays. These services are free for the public to attend. Unfortunately, if you go to a service you can’t wander around the building but you’ll get to experience this incredible building from the inside.
If your group wants the full tourist experience St. Paul’s Church does offer group discount prices for adult tickets. Adult rates for groups of 10 or more start at £17 with concession prices for groups starting at £15.
3. Explore the Tate Modern
Take in some art at the Tate Modern. If your group loves art and culture The Tate Modern is a perfect place to visit at any time of day. The Tate is free to enter but audio guides are hired for a small cost. There are always paid-for exhibitions, but a great collection of artworks that you can visit for free. The giant turbine hall is also a great place to sit and relax. The gallery opens 10:00 – 18:00 Sunday to Thursday and 10:00 – 22:00 on a Friday and Saturday.
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4. Senate House
This incredible building has appeared in several huge Hollywood blockbusters including The Dark Knight Rises, Nanny McPhee and even the upcoming Bond film, No Time To Die’. Senate House is another great place to visit with your group. A beautiful art deco skyscraper located in Bloomsbury, visiting Senate House provides a memorable stop off for any tourist trip in London.
5. Walk around Greenwich
There’s so much to see at this historical and …spot. Why not walk through the Greenwich foot tunnel which crosses underneath the river Thames from Greenwich to Millwall. Don’t miss the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park from where Greenwich Mean Time originates. And of course you can’t fail to miss the spectacular Cutty Sark, from which you can follow the Maritime trail to the Greenwich Peninsula with amazing views on the Millennium Dome.