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BACKPACKING IN LONDON
London is a global city where you can find everything you could ever want or need, as it is a representation of a lot of cultures,
11 April 2014 Friday 00:25
Explore the city on a budget
London is a global city where you can find everything you could ever want or need, as it is a representation of a lot of cultures, foods and people. No doubt, it is worth a visit and backpacking could be a unique way to experience such a dynamic destination.
London is an expensive city and you are probably going to spend the most of your budget on eating and accommodations, but you can find some good places for cheaper prices especially considering many attractions in the city are free.
Heres a mini guide if you are planning backpacking in London.
Free entrance: what to visit in London
Where to stay in London
If you are backpacking, chances are you are looking for a cheap accommodation and London offers a wide variety of hostels and B&Bs which can work for you.
Clink78 is a great hostel if you are planning to stay in London. The rooms are not over the top but theyre fine and comfortable enough for your needs, and the atmosphere is amazing. Situated in an old courthouse in Londons King Cross district, Clink87 is the perfect place to meet people from all over the world enjoying your travelling experience.
You can also try the Generator Hostel in Russell Square, an award-winning hostel with over 800 beds in 1-8 person rooms and a bar thats open until 2am.
Backpackers on a budget: where to eat in London
London offers such a wide range of British and (mostly) non-British food but if you are looking for traditional cooking and pubs you are probably going to spend a little bit of money. Perhaps choosing an one of the many food chains available is the easiest way to save some money, although the quality might not be excellent American fast foods, Asian take-aways and so on and so forth.
You will be pleasantly surprised by the amount of things you can do and venues you can visit in London for free.
For example, all of Londons National Museums are free, as the British National Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. Some extra exhibitions or special installments might require extra charge, but its definitely worth stopping for a visit.
You can also visit some art galleries, as the Tate Modern and Tate Britain, absolutely for free as well.
If you are into theatre, in London you can often find some cheap options available. Having Internet access to check event listings and plays on your smartphone might be handy.
It is a plus that there a lot of free Wi-Fi areas in London so you can easily stay connected, check maps and look for information about what to visit in the city.
Last but not least, parks and markets are nice (and completely free) places to wander in the city. There are many green spaces, as the Green Park near Buckingham Palace, the well-known Hyde park and the adjacent Kensington Gardens, for example. In London you can also visit some really good markets as Camdens, Portobellos and Petticoat Lane Market.
Nightlife in London if you are on a budget
Even if you are backpacking on a budget, it does not mean you have to give up enjoying a nice night out from time to time. Despite the fact that a lot of nightclubs in London will have a time tariff, you can enter for free (or for a discounted rate) before a certain hour. The A Lounge, for example, is one of the cheapest options in Central London, as it offers free entrance before 10pm. Sala, in Kings Cross, Moonlighting in Soho and Ku Klub in Leichester Square are other nice and cheap options for a night out if youre low on cash.
Again, check on the Internet if theres a list of places offering special deals, gigs, live music and so on. And why not to try the fortune and gamble at the casino. It might be worth trying to double your budget and have a little bit of fun (without exaggerating). You can try the Gala Casino and the Napoleons Casino and Restaurant, for example; both are easily accessible and offer a wide selection of games.
Although you might be worried to get carried away when gambling, it is easy not to lose too much money or even winning some, and have some fun at the same time. First of all, set your limits beforehand. Decide how much you want to invest in your casino night and once you have spent your set budget, leave.
Try and play at lower limits. For example, if you play slot machines, go down to penny slots and maybe cut back on the number of coins you play on each spin. If you play tables games, choose the table with the lowest minimum bet.
Also, if you are not a frequent player, a good tip would be to do a little bit of practice first, playing poker online. Check out online casinos, there are ongoing multiple promotions and bargains so it can be easy to tempt Lady Luck into awarding some extra money without losing too much or anything at all. You can learn the basics of poker playing, extra tips and tricks and easily become a good, more advanced player. Being more prepared will help you not to lose when you play in actual, land based casinos.
London is a great city to explore especially as a backpacker.
This post is a guest post by Amy Baker, a backpacker who has been living in South London for the last year. I absolutely love this city but having not lived there for the last ten years, I felt a bit out of touch so agreed to let Amy explain what to do in this amazing capital.
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