Romantic Weekend in London on a Budget
If you’re having a weekend with your partner in London it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Check out our top ten things to do on a Romantic weekend in London on a budget.
Romantic Weekend in London on a Budget
London is full of great historical sites and Royal Parks, all of which you can see with a free walk around town – even Buckingham Palace! With so much to do, here’s our guide for the top ten things to check out.
1. Go for a Romantic Stroll Around Covent GardenCheck out the old streets of antique book stores, maps, wine cellars and restaurants and trendy Neal Street for a more alternative scene. Covent Garden is famous for it’s market and street performers, but they also have events taking place throughout the year such as free opera and ballet performances on big screens and Christmas Markets with music, shows and reindeer to pet. It’s busy, but it’s a great place to window shop and take in some of London’s atmosphere without spending lots of money. There is also excellent shopping on nearby Long Acre street.
2. Taste the Delicious food and drink at Borough Market
Borough Market is one of the best food markets in London to try local and organic produce – and you can do exactly that without buying it all. There’s amazing cheeses, charcuterie, and kind of jams or preserves, delicatessen produce, the usual fruit and vegetable stalls, plus you can try all the produce while enjoying a glass of organic wine or champagne. What’s not to love? From here you can visit Southwark Cathedral next door for free, or walk along the river from London Bridge to either Tower Bridge or the other direction to the Millennium Bridge.
Hampstead Heath via their Facebook page
3. Picnic in the Park
London is full of beautiful free Royal Parks
, most of them have secret gardens, boating lakes, outdoor events, theatre and concerts, swimming and even wild deer. Why not enjoy them with a picnic with your parter? The view from Hampstead Heath
is also one of the best in London, make your way up to Parliament Hill
at the top and enjoy a great sunset. In summer you can also enjoy the outdoor swimming ponds – a unique experience! Yes it might rain, but you can always take an umbrella! You are in England after all.
4. Visit World Class Art Galleries for Free
Most of London’s gallery’s are free to visit, and there are some amazing collections including the National Gallery
which has Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ and lots of French Impressionists including Monet and Manet. Some evenings they even open late and have free classical music – very romantic!
5. Afternoon Tea
This is not only very English, but it’s also traditionally romantic. The most famous places to have Afternoon Tea
are not budget (such as the Ritz Hotel
or the hotels in Mayfair) but there are a few places that offer a special deal – try the deals on this dedicated Afternoon Tea website
! You can even have Afternoon Tea at the top of London’s famous skyscraper, The Shard
or on a Double Decker London Bus!
London Eye and County Hall
6. Sunset Walk on the South Bank of the Thames
What could be more romantic than a stroll alone the river at sunset, with the distinct skyline beside you and the famous view from Waterloo Bridge? Not only is this free, it’s great at any time of year. In summer there is free music and festivals, in winter the Christmas markets and always street performers and art installations to keep you inspired. There are also loads of great restaurants and bars with a view. Try one of South Bank’s many restaurants and bars
, or you can even dine on the 6th floor of the Tate Modern art gallery
– the restaurant has one of the best views in London. Very romantic!
7. Go see a West End Show
London’s West End is famous for it’s fabulous theatre and musical
performances – there are so many great ones to chose from. Not only can you catch shows straight from New York’s Broadway, there are lots of smaller fringe theatre performances. The best thing about it is it doesn’t have to be expensive at all! You can get last minute tickets for discount prices in many central London locations, including TKTS
booth in Leicester Square and online with Time Out
. There are also discount ballet and opera
tickets too, and both of these are for the royal shows! Very chic.
London Bus outside Equity Point Hostel
8. Sunday Market Strolling
Explore the trendy East London markets with Columbia Road Flower Market and Brick Lane Market for vintage heavenly clothes, music and objects of desire. There’s also great budget international food here. Have a wonder around and grab a coffee at the Love Shake in trendy Shoreditch neighbourhood. That should set the scene.
9. Take in a trip on the London Eye
It’s touristy but locals love it too! This is a great place to watch the sunset, and obviously one of the best views of London. Did you know you can reserve your own booth and drink champagne all the way round? It is definitely not a budget option, but we recommend taking in the view from the London Eye and enjoying a much cheaper glass of champagne at one of the bars on South Bank afterwards.
Equity Point Hostel London
10. Stay at Equity Point Hostel!
If you’re in London and on a budget then a hotel will be one of your biggest costs. Why not get a private room in a boutique hostel
instead? We have private rooms in our central London location, right near to Hyde Park, trendy Notting Hill and all at very budget friendly prices. Book your bed in London here
We hope you enjoyed our Romantic Weekend in London on a Budget!