London is indeed one of the greatest cities in the world. It has a captivating nightlife, international (and often free) museums, lots of history, several of the biggest theaters in the world, a large population, fantastic cuisine and crazy nightlife.
I understand that a trip to London in the summer is not cheap. I have been visiting London since 2008 and the city has grown with each visit. The more I go there, the more incredible things I see and the more I fall in love with this city.
There is always something unique to do and the city has a lively vibe.
Fortunately, there are thousands of free and inexpensive activities in London.
Even budget travelers who need to be careful with their money can have a great experience in London, with the right spending plan.
This travel guide will help you plan a last minute trip to London, save money and get the most out of your time in the capital.
Things to do and see on a last minute trip to London
1. Take a free walking tour.
London has it all, from guided tours and specialist tours to paid packages, poetic tours and elegant tea tours. You can several walking tours around the city.
2. Take a trip to several museums.
There are way more museums in London than you can see in one trip, and most of them are free. You can spend a long time visiting international museums such as the Tate, British Museum, City Museum, National Gallery, Natural History Museum, and many more for free.
One of my favorites is the Natural History Museum, which houses over 80 million items, such as samples obtained by Charles Darwin. It has an invaluable catalog of fossils, making for an interesting and educational stop.
Another great option is the Victoria and Albert Museum (named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert). It houses over 2,000 works of art spanning 3,000 years of human history.
3. Check out the London Eye.
The London Eye is a Ferris wheel that is 500 feet tall. Despite being a little cheesy, it’s one of London’s most famous destinations. It is located opposite the Houses of Parliament and offers spectacular views of London and the more classic structures, especially on a clear day.
4. Go to the London Dungeon.
“The most famous horror destination in the world”, according to the London Dungeon. It’s a morbid but thrilling museum that covers 2,000 years of London’s most gruesome legacy. Although you can learn about popular interrogation tactics in English, this place has increasingly evolved into an ‘amusement park’. However, if you like things like escape rooms and terrifying boat trips, you’ll enjoy it.
5. Check out the Royal Observatory.
The Royal Observatory has played a key role in astronomy and navigation since its beginnings in the late 17th century. The observatory is divided into two categories, one focusing on weather and the other on space exploration.
You can be positioned on either side of the center line, which marks the boundary of the eastern and western hemispheres of the Earth, in the meridian yard.
Tourism in London
If you are planning a trip to London, you should first look into office tourism in London. There are many tourist offices in London where staff can provide useful information and traveler information to help you get the most out of your visit to the capital.
Every year, a number of tourists from all over the world visit London to enjoy the city’s impressive rich heritage, cultural events, dining, star entertainment venues, nightlife and more.
The rewards of the city are huge: the tourism industry and nightlife businesses play a key role in London’s overall economy of £36 billion each year and employ 700,000 people.
Mayor Sadiq Khan is seeking to ensure London continues to provide the best experience for tourists while supporting those who keep these hugely important financial systems running.
A tourist vision for London
London & Partner Organisations, the Mayor’s official advertising agency, has teamed up with partner companies to develop a tourism destination perspective. He will put money in:
- Pre-visit advertising – to persuade more tourists to explore London Discovery and tourism data – to provide knowledge to tourists to help them do and see so much in London.
- Architecture and luxury – ensuring London can stabilize and facilitate increased tourist numbers
- Business trips and occasions boost the supply of events and conferences By 2025, 40.4 million people could make a trip to London. This vision aims to help us achieve and manage these numbers.
Planning a last-minute trip to London during the peak of summer vacation? Your visit could cost you dearly, but we hope this guide will help you make it work for you.