London, the capital of England, is simply beautiful. Located in the south-east of Great Britain, it is the largest city in the United Kingdom and one of the most emblematic destinations in Europe. Although a visit can become expensive, just know where to find free or inexpensive things! Keep reading to find out how you can enjoy the many London sites without spending too much money.
Visit a garden of English roses
The beautiful garden of Queen Mary at Regents Park (northwestern capital) has 12,000 flowers and provides a great place for a walk through the largest collection of roses in London. Enjoy this walk with family, lovers or friends and the pleasant smell of these traditional flowers.
Westminster Abbey is London’s most famous religious building. Built on a Christian site dating from the 7th century, the real name of the abbey is the Saint-Pierre Collegiate Church. The word Westminster means ‘West Abbey’, which reflects its position in the city of London. Most English rulers were not only crowned here, but were married in Westminster Abbey. The most recent was the wedding of Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine Middleton (who can forget the princess’s dress?). Entry costs £ 20 for adults or £ 9 for children and family packages are also available.
The National Gallery
Located in Trafalgar Square in central London, the National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 1250s. It contains masterpieces by Reuben, Van Gogh, Turner, Leonardo Da Vinci, Monet, Rembrandt and many other well-known artists.
A portable audio guide is available in eight languages with comments on more than 1,000 paintings in the collection. In addition, there are trails specially designed for children – you can find out more about this at information desks. There is also a nice bar / cafe in the gallery.
The National Gallery is open every day from 10am to 6pm (or until 9pm on Wednesday) except January 1st and from December 24th to 26th when the museum is closed. Entry is free as the works belong to the public.
The National Gallery in London
Tate Britain, located in Milbank, includes a collection of British art from the 1500s to the present. The best known are a collection of more than 300 paintings by Turner and a considerable collection dedicated to two artists of the romantic age, Constable and William Blake.
An audio guide is available. If you plan to visit the two Tate Galleries in London, it is well worth taking advantage of the boat that travels between Tate Britain and Tate Modern every 40 minutes during business hours, offering panoramic views of the Thames who inspired so much British art.
The museum is open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (last entry at 17:15) and is closed from 24 to 26 December. Entry is free.
Westminster Bridge, located on the banks of the Thames, is located between the two landmarks: The Houses of Parliament and County Hall. The views in each direction are incredible.