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There’s a great deal at the Beaufort for the shopaholic in your life! Stay for 3 nights at the Beaufort and get a £50 voucher to Harrods. Hotel staff will give you advice about the shopping experience at Harrods, help carrying your shopping back to the hotel, and all while enjoying a luxurious hotel stay in the centre of London.
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The end of the summer brings a chance to enjoy classical music in London performed at the Royal Albert Hall. Tickets are not as expensive as one might think. “Prommers” can pay as little as £5 for a ticket, and up to 900 Prommers can stand in the central Arena and 500 more can stand, sit, or recline in the Gallery. Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity by 13 September 2014!
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For those looking to do something free and off the beaten path, the Imperial War Museum has recently re-opened its doors and offers a unique look at the British experience of being at war. The museum boasts a variety of offerings, from sharing personal stories behind WWI to offering a unique look at modern day conflicts. The area around the museum is surrounded by other great local offerings, including this budget Westminster hotel.
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World Cup fans: here’s your chance to see the world! And London, in particular. “Like" Tune Hotels UK on Facebook and list the 4 teams you think will make it to the semi-finals. If you’re right, you’ll be entered to win a 2 night stay in London!
At the London Canal Museum you can explore a boat for yourself and imagine what it was like to travel in one while learning about the part canals played in British history. The canal museum is just one of many activities off the beaten path to enjoy around Kings Cross. If you find yourself wanting to do more exploring, this cheap Kings Cross hotel is great for extending the experience for a bit longer and exploring London’s network of canal towpaths (get further ideas on the Canal & River Trust website).
The best of the farm—in the city! Spitalfields City Farm lets city folk get up close and personal with chickens, sheep, pigs, and goats everyday (except Mondays). Lots of fun for kids and adults alike, and admission is free.
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!