If you’re seeking budget-friendly and romantic experiences in London, you’ll be delighted to discover that there are plenty of enjoyable and inexpensive activities and attractions to explore. Despite the misconception that London is only for the wealthy, there are plenty of budget-friendly options for you and your loved one to enjoy. From exploring beautiful parks to visiting museums or taking a scenic boat ride, there’s something for everyone. So grab your partner and get ready to rediscover your love for London without spending a fortune!
1. St Paul’s Cathedral
Where: St Paul’s Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD
What: While there is an admission fee for most visitors, if you enter the stunning St Paul’s Cathedral as a worshipper, you can avoid the cost. The cathedral offers breathtaking views and the opportunity to witness a truly enchanting experience. The choir’s performances are as moving as the cathedral itself is beautiful. Additionally, if you arrive early, you can explore the crypts and see the graves of some of England’s most famous individuals. Mass takes place at 5pm from Monday to Saturday, and at 3pm on Sundays.
Nearest tube station: St Paul’s (Central line)
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2. Wander the Columbia Road Flower Markets
Where: Columbia Road, London E2 7RG
What: Fresh flowers probably won’t be on your shopping list if you’re only visiting London, but don’t miss this bustling East End institution (Sundays only, 8am to 2pm-ish). Columbia Road is also packed with charming galleries, cafés, restaurants, great pubs and loads of independent shops selling vintage clothes, books, antiques and homewares.
Price: Free (plus flowers!)
Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green (Central line)
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3. Grab Standing Tickets at the Globe
Where: Just north of Paddington, London
What: Experience the true essence of London by attending a performance at the iconic Globe Theatre on the Southbank. Immerse yourself in the rich history of Shakespearean plays (fun fact: this is how most people would have watched the Bard’s plays when they were originally shown). The current Globe Theatre in London is actually the third iteration of the iconic theater. The first Globe Theatre was constructed in 1599 by the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, the theatre company that William Shakespeare was a part of and had a financial stake in.While you may have to support your own weight instead of sitting comfortably, the proximity to the stage and the ability to move around freely make it an outstanding experience. And the best part? You can enjoy all of this for just £10.
Price: Adults £8.20 (£11.50 return)
Nearest tube stations: Mansion House on the (District Line)
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4. Love Lane
Where: Love Lane, London EC2V
What: What’s the equivalent of a “selfie” for you and your loved one? A “couplie”? An “ussy”? Whatever it is, this is the perfect spot to pose for one: next to the Love Lane sign in the City of London. Fun, free and oh-so cute.
Nearest tube stations: St Paul’s (Central line), Moorgate (Northern, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines), Bank (Northern and Central lines; DLR)
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5. Toast your love in London’s oldest wine bar
Where: Gordon’s Wine Bar, 47 Villiers Street, London WC2N 6NE
What: Situated in Kipling House, once home to Samuel Pepys and Rudyard Kipling, the only drink on offer at the oldest wine bar in London is, well, wine. You can drink it in the cosy, positively Dickensian candle-lit cellar (where there’s no sunlight, so be prepared to lose track of time), or outside on the spacious terrace.
Price: Glass of wine from £9.30
Nearest tube station: Embankment (Northern, Bakerloo, District and Circle lines)
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