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    Ultimate Guide to London on a Budget

    By Sarah Sampaio, Postgraduate research student

    While living in one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world is a privilege, living on a student budget in London can make it difficult to enjoy all the attractions the city has to offer.

    To help you make the most of our beautiful city, everything listed here is either free or on a budget.

    Isabella Plantation at Richmond ParkParks (free admission – green spaces and beautiful scenery spread across the city):

    - Northwest London: Enjoy Hampstead Heath’s lovely ponds and tracks and Regent’s Park’s Primrose Hill for a beautiful view of London.

    - West London: Hyde Park has the largest green area in London and Kensington Gardens, its peaceful and beautiful Italian Gardens.

    - Southwest London: Richmond Park - make sure to visit Isabella Plantation, a beautiful woodland garden.

    Museums and Galleries (free admission to general collections– art, music and historic exhibitions all year long):

    - National Gallery (Leicester Square/Charing Cross Station): the Tate Moderngeneral collection is one of the finest in the world.

    - Tate Modern (Blackfriars Station): international art collections from the 1900 to the present day, it also has a café with panoramic views.

    - British Library (King’s Cross-St.Pancras/Euston Station): enjoy the amazing environment to study and to be creative, and the many free exhibitions throughout the year.

    - British Museum (Tottenham Court Road Station): Amazing finds from all civilizations – from Egyptian to Roman and Assyrian, the British Museum has it all.

    St Paul's Cathedral

    - National History Museum (South Kensington Station): Botany, zoology, palaeontology - the National History Museum is a great way to have fun and learn more about life and nature.

    Sightseeing and Local Experiences (free admission or tickets available):

    - Skygarden(Bank/Monument Stations): book a free visit online and enjoy a sky-high 360° view of the city. A bar, a brasserie, a café and a restaurant are open 7 days a week.

    - Houses of Parliament (Westminster Station): admire the splendid architecture and watch a debate live at the Houses of Parliament.

    - St. Paul’s Cathedral (St. Paul’s Station): At St. Paul’s you will need to buy a ticket or you can watch a service and admire the general splendour for free (it is worth remembering that St. Paul’s is a place of worship). You can also visit the St. Dunstan’s chapel inside St. Paul’s for free or watch the Cathedral Choir perform on Sundays.

    Stay tuned for more tips on how to explore London for free or on a budget.

    Student lifestyle posts which reflect the interests of our students are written by student interns working within the Marketing department and do not reflect the research, guidance or opinions of Middlesex University. If you have feedback or want to suggest ideas for future student lifestyle posts, please email communications@mdx.ac.uk

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