Although you might not think of looking for vintage clothing in the West End, check out Victory Vintage in Whiteleys shopping centre. A fairly equal number of men’s and women’s pieces are hand-selected by the two sisters who own the shop. You might do well to shop here for designer clothing that is not only unique—it’s a fraction of the price compared to the boutiques around the corner. Once you find yourself all shopped out, check out this budget Paddington hotel in the area to put your feet up for a while.
Eleven Spitalfields is an art gallery just off Brick Lane which is holding an exhibition of CA Mathew’s photographs from a sunny day in the East End in 1912. These hundred year old photographs focus on the lives of the poor and are a charming glimpse into their lives and the history of the area. The exhibition is free and runs from now until Sunday 27 April. Phone to make an appointment during the weekdays or pop in on weekends from noon to 6pm.
The Southbank Book Market is hidden under Waterloo Bridge on Queen’s Walk and perfect for bargain hunters and bookworms alike. This outdoor book market is open every day rain or shine, and has a wide selection of hardcover and paperback books to choose from. If you’re looking to stay in the area, check out this Westminster hotel that’s near Southbank and other major attractions in the centre of London.
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If you’re a student or looking to have fun without spending a fortune, try exploring pubs and cafes around universities in the city. UCL, King’s College London, and the London School of Economics are all top universities in the heart of the city centre, and if you’re a student, you might be able to take advantage of any student discounts!
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The Tune Up Festival tour is coming to London on 19th November. KING CHARLES, Night Engine, and Champs will all be performing at London Scala, and tickets are very affordable at £15 each. Best of all, it’s for a good cause. These gigs have raised money and awareness for War Child, an organisation that works to minimise the effects of war on children.
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If you thought you missed out on the summer tours of Parliament, you’ve actually got a second chance. Tours will continue Tuesday through Friday from the 17 of September until 4 of October (except 1 of October). Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more people, and there is even the option to have afternoon tea in the Pugin Room at an additional cost.
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No matter your budget, the Globe Theatre offers the chance for everyone to enjoy Shakespeare plays. Standing room in the yard starts at only £5, a real treat for a day out this summer. If you need bargain accommodation which is within easy reach of the Globe try this Liverpool Street hotel.
Boris Bikes, as Londoners affectionately call them, are the new alternatives to daily bike rentals and the confines of bus routes. The bikes provide a cheap and convenient way to get across town quickly whenever the mood might strike you. They’re likely to be of particular value if you are staying in the centre of town when visiting London - for example in a Kings Cross hotel or Paddington hotel.
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Want to do something a bit more cultured and memorable during your lunch hour? Pop in to one of the many central London locations where the Royal College of Music performs lunch time and rush hour concerts. The concerts are free unless otherwise stated.