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.
If you’re inclined to plan your outings in advance, you musn’t miss the opportunity to witness this 700 year old ceremony. Every night the Tower of London is locked down in the traditional way and you can see it for free. The only catch is to apply for tickets in advance due to the ceremony’s popularity. We recommend staying in a cheap Liverpool Street Hotel for ease of access.
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We recently spotted a great article about London’s best Indian food on the cheap - and doesn’t this picture just make you want to grab some? The article mentions that to enjoy easy access to those delicious budget Indian joints you might want to stay in one of the cheapest hotels in London with good transportation links, such as Tune Kings Cross; or even at its sister budget hotel, Tune Liverpool Street, which is even closer to London’s vibrant Brick Lane.
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Following in the footsteps of its sister hotels near Liverpool Street and Paddington is the new Tune Kings Cross. London Hotels Insight recently explored how the hotel has celebrated the building’s past by restoring the original facade and displaying a number of old floor plans from 1920 onwards (rescued from the basement during the restoration) throughout the property. The hotel looks worth consideration for budget travellers in search of cheap Kings Cross hotels with the added advantage of a location close to the busy St Pancras/Kings Cross rail terminus.
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We recently spotted a brilliant article on the topic of the best cheap London afternoon teas. The writer’s objective was to list the best places to grab a budget afternoon tea for less than £10, while not compromising on quality. We might have to check out some of the places ourselves soon!
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We recently blogged about the early opening sale of the Tune Hotel Paddington. This is the first Tune to enter the competitive Paddington hotels market and was recently toured by London Hotels Insight bloggers who were impressed by its central location (near Oxford Street and Paddington) and its focus on the locality - the hotel even offers special discounts in neighborhood restaurants for people like us who like to save money! Seems like a cool place to stay if you’re looking for a cheap but clean hotel room where you can crash comfortably for a few nights.
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London is one of the most alluring cities in the world. Its historical structures and vast cityscape create a visual masterpiece. Here are six places around the city offering the best views of London - and some of them are free!
This enormous Ferris wheel is located next to the River Thames and definitely worth the £17 investment if this is on your bucket list. Spectacular views of the entire city are visible from the wheel’s highest points. Riders can buy London Eye skip the line tickets to avoid waiting.
Locals and visitors alike often flock to this hill to enjoy picturesque views of the central areas of London and to get some fresh air in the city. Celebrity sightings are common, as many famous people have made their homes in the vicinity.
This iconic bridge spans the River Thames. The observation decks located in the bridge’s two towers provide ideal spots for seeing the city.
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Panoramic views of London are visible from this historic church. The cathedral contains several lookout points.
Beautiful scenery of the city is visible from this structure, which is located on the south bank of the River Thames. Views of the city can be seen from its eighth-floor restaurant or from one of its shops.
You can climb up to the Observatory for a free gorgeous view over Docklands and the city centre (pictured above) and visiting can be a free alternative to the London Eye. For other free alternatives to top London tourist attractions, check out the Smitten by Britain blog.
Any of these spots in London offer ideal observation points of the cityscape. People who visit these places will quickly be able to see why London is such a magnificent metropolis and pretty affordable to stay in once you’re armed with the best London hotel deals.
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