London may be one of the most expensive cities in the world. But that is only if you don’t know what to look for. In fact, London is also loaded with some of the most inexpensive places in the world. So, because of some weird series of unfortunate events, even if you land up penniless in the ancient imperial capital, you need not worry. London will still have plenty of places in store for you.
To begin with, you would definitely want to start out with a happy stomach. And for that there’s no place better than Borough Market. Here you can grab a quick and filling meal and shop for the cheapest groceries. Penniless or not, this market is the ultimate paradise for a foodie. The only drawback is that it’s a little too crowded on weekends. But hey you’re penniless, remember?
After that, you can begin your London tour and head straight to the Houses of Parliament. Here you can let your eyes feed on the beauty of the neo-gothic architecture of the most important buildings of England, namely the House of Commons and the House of Lords. If you’re lucky enough to be there when Parliament is in session, you can catch all the action live, although you’ll have to book your spot a little in advance. The most prominent feature of this area is the Big Ben. And you definitely won’t miss it when you’re there.
When you’re done with appreciating the fine architecture of The Houses, tune yourself into art mode and try out the National Gallery, located just a few miles away from the Houses of Parliament. The Gallery is one of the largest in the world, with over two thousand paintings, including those from the some of the most famous painters such as Da Vinci, Michelangelo and Van Gogh. In addition, you could head out to the relatively new Photographer’s Gallery to appreciate modern works of contemporary photographers. It also has a small café and a bookstore, which is rather relaxing.
Another fun attraction, which is neither historical nor artistic in comparison to all the other places in the city, is the Science Museum. Its exhibits are beautifully entertaining and are something you and your kids will truly enjoy. The knowledge you’ll acquire is a bonus.
Finally, to give your trip a divine touch, you could end your day with a visit to one of the many Churches scattered across the city. Some of the more famous ones are the St. Paul’s Church and the Temple Church. Spending some time in their sacred halls and gardens will relax and rejuvenate you for your next explorations.
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