How to Spend a Night in London on a Budget

London is known to be expensive. It is expensive to live in, expensive to work in and expensive to go out in. As a result, many people on a budget avoid it as much as possible. However, if you know where to look, they are plenty of things you can do, such as a visit to Winks London, to have a great time without spending much.


One thing that London knows how to do is art. And it seems that, as a city as a whole, they believe art is something that everybody should be able to experience. As a result, there are many exhibitions and museums that do not charge an entry fee at all. If you are on a budget, however, it may be best to stay away from the gift shops.


London is also a city that wants to go green. They have a variety of buildings that use green roofs, focus strongly on renewable energy and try very hard to bring pollution levels down. As a result, there are also many parks in London, and they all offer free entry. If it is a nice day, then spending time in the park, perhaps with a picnic that was purchased just outside of London, is a fantastic experience. Also, a lot of parks have living art, public speakers and generally people who come and play music, so you are bound to have a great time.

Cheap Eating

Unfortunately, there is no way to have a full meal in London without paying something, unless you plan to trawl the supermarkets and nibble on the samples. However, if you know where to go, eating in the capital city doesn’t have to be expensive. A few options to choose from include:

  • Longji, a Chinese restaurant that also includes some Western dishes. For a meal for two with a few drinks, you can expect to pay around £25.
  • Beatroot is a little eatery on Berwick Street Market. It only offers healthy and vegetarian food, presented in funky little cartons. You get to choose from small, medium and large. For two people, you can order a medium carton with a soft drink for about £18.
  • Tonkotsu Eat, which is a unique little restaurant found under the railway arches of Haggerston. The restaurant is completely no thrills, in the latest “bare chic” style of London. They offer amazing Japanese food that will leave you watering at the mouth and two people can expect to pay around £36, including drinks.

Free Music

Finally, you cannot go on a night out with enjoying some music. While most of London’s biggest clubs charge high entry prices, you can also enjoy music completely free. This means that all you will be paying for is your drinks. A simple look on the various websites that highlight things to do in London, or a trip to the nearest tourist information board will reveal a range of different styles of music, from gospel to hard rock and from blues to jazz, for you to enjoy.

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