6 cool things to enjoy in London

Now my oldest is at university she’s discovered just how expensive London can be. Not only are there plenty of places to feast your eyes for free, for anyone 18+ with a London address, doing work experience or in full-time education there’s even a  way to get 34% off all your tube travel… 

Wandsworth is just one of the boroughs you need to explore – especially as Lonely Planet recently rated Tooting as one of the “10 coolest places on the planet’. (c) homemadekids

  1. Free art show – meet 20 pastels by French impressionist Degas on show at the National Gallery. These are normally displayed at the Burrell Collection in Scotland. £0
  2. Farmers’ market nibbles – on Saturday at Primrose Hill, Sunday at Chapel Market, and daily (except Monday) at Borough Market you can be as foodie as you like nibbling cheese, bread, sweet treats, olive oil and flavoured chocolates. There’s no need to buy, but the hungrier you get the more tempting it will be.
  3. Just before it closes – everything is cheaper at Itsu approx half hour before the doors shut (check times at individual shops). Or try asking for best prices for fruit and veg at unpretentious street markets held at East Street Market, Walworth Road (near London College of Communication); Shepherd’s Bush or Chapel Market in Islington.
  4. Time Out magazine – handed out once a week by tube stations, and sometimes the bus. It has loads of ideas about what’s on and where to go. Sign up to the email alerts and you can get lots of good value offers for activities, theatre, comedy etc every day of the week.
  5. Get search clever – google or twitter search #freestuff and see what turns up.  Groupon can offer good deals for sports classes and might even encourage new friends to try something different – tai chi, paddle boarding… https://www.groupon.co.uk
  6. Cheaper travel – if you are 18+ with a London address or in full time education (eg, at uni) you can get a discounted Oyster card (34% discounted travel). Find out more at

Exploring Herne Hill (c) homemadekids

Please let me know what clever ways you’ve found to explore London, cheaper. As they say on W1A “let’s do more with less”…


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