The Ultimate Guide to London In 24 Hours (On the Cheap)

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‘London’ and ‘cheap’ are two words that don’t usually go in the same sentence. But, what if we told you that you can visit this magnificent city in just 24 hours while keeping it on a budget? We know, it sounds like a dream come true. That’s why we gathered the best options for you, so you can make the most of your visit.

All the attractions are compatible with London Pass, saving you between £10 and £25 per entrance fee. You won’t even have to worry about using the public bus. Intrigued? Keep reading and have a look at our list.

  1. Royal Albert Hall

This emblematic building was opened in 1871 and, since its inauguration, it has seen many iconic artists performed on its stage. However, the fact that it’s a registered charity promoting the Arts and Sciences is even fascinating. The Royal Albert Hall encourages children to pick up an instrument for the first time in their lives, and it also brings music to care homes, improving the quality of life of their residents.

If you want to take a peek inside this emblematic building, join the Royal Hall’s staff into a 1 hour tour and have a first-hand experience of its greatness.

  1. Wellington Arch

The Wellington Arch was originally built as an entrance to Buckingham Palace, but it later became a victory arch where Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington, defeated Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. Besides being an iconic historical place, you can also enjoy the panoramic view over London from its balconies, and watch the Household Cavalry on their way to the changing Guard.

  1. Royal Mews

We assure you that you’ve never seen a stable like this one before. The Royal Mews is considered to be one of the finest working stables in existence. It’s also the place where the state vehicles are guarded and maintained. The Gold State Coach, one of the most radiant coaches, has been used at every coronation since 1821. You’ll leave this stable with a sparkling feeling.

  1. The Queen’s Gallery

What will London be without a visit to the Queen’s Gallery? The Gallery was built in 1962 over the ruins of a former private chapel, which was destroyed in an air raid in 1940. It holds a breathtaking collection of different art pieces, where visitors can enjoy the paintings and sculptures among other works of art.

Opposite to the Queen’s Gallery, you can take the bus at Buckingham Gate, Tourist Stop, to Pall Mall East, Stop 2, for visiting the next attraction.

  1. Benjamin Franklin House

Consider the father of electricity and helping to advance the Age of Enlightenment, Benjamin Franklin was a key figure for the foundation of the United States. Throughout his life, he spent many years in England. Even though during that time the relationship between the United States and Britain was difficult, he always tried to reduce misconception and hostility between the two nations. For this, some people consider him the founder of the ‘special relationship’ between America and Britain.

This house is the world’s only remaining home of Franklin. It has now been turned into a dynamic museum and a student science centre, where visitors can explore how life was back in the 18th century. A truly authentic experience.

As night falls, it’s time to have some fun. So head to Soho, London’s entertainment centre (11 minutes’ walk from Benjamin Franklin’s house), for a marvellous time.

  1. Curzon Cinema Soho

With three screens and a bar with free Wi-Fi, we know you’ll thank us for that, Curzon Soho is one of the most popular attractions in London. Here, you can unwind at its beautiful bar while waiting for your film to start.

If you’re also planning to spend the night in London, we’ve some great news for you. Next to Curzon Soho, you’ll find two affordable and nice hostels for you to choose from. SoHostel is located within 6 minutes’ walk from the cinema, and YHA Oxford Street, within 9 minutes’ walk from it. This way, you can freely enjoy the area without worrying to call an Uber.

We hope you have a pleasant and budget friendly day in London. We would love to read your opinions about the attractions on the comments below!


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