While we’re still stuck in the seemingly never-ending continuum of January, money is wearing thin and there’s still an entire week left to haul through. In need of a January pick me up with little to no budget? We’ve got you covered for the prime time to be in the capital.
FREE MUSEUMS & EXHIBITIONS
While living in London can be expensive, there are an array of unturned stones and hidden gems that are perfect to fill up the weekend for absolutely free. Even if you’re not the arty type, you’re bound to leave one of these places feeling inspired. We’ve done all the work for you, swing by one of these culture-pulsing London landmarks without spending a penny: The V&A, British Museum, Design Museum, Science Museum, National Gallery, Imperial War Museum, Tate Modern (don’t miss the ultra-beaut view of St Paul’s Cathedral on the 4th floor), Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Serpentine Galleries, the list really does go on. You’re welcome!
ADIDAS STUDIO LDN
January comes with the feeling of a bitter Christmas aftertaste in your bank account and, usually, newfound motivation to get healthy and start working out. Unfortunately, those two don’t tend to correlate when it comes to signing up for a gym membership. So we’re here to shed light on just one of the many free fitness classes you can attend in London this month. Nestled on Brick Lane is the Adidas studio which runs a selection of women-only fitness sessions hosted by motivational fitness ambassadors, from running to boxercise and yoga, there’s something for absolutely everyone. All classes are totally free and you sign up via a chatbot on Facebook Messenger – is this the future of fitness?!
After celebrating it’s 1000th birthday back in 2014, Borough Market is definitely one of London’s more popular go-to’s for a Southbank-filled Saturday morning. Hidden underneath a web of Victorian railway arches, the place is teeming full of independent pop-ups, delicious food and drink you can mosey your way around for hours on end. It’s free, something different to do and the samples are never ending! Just ask and you’ll be handed multitudes of tasters to see you through and avoid spending any money.
ST PAUL’S CHURCH
Not St Paul’s Cathedral (that comes with an added ticket price)! St Paul’s Church, otherwise known as the ‘Actor’s Church’, sits on the western flank of Covent Garden and pays homage to stars from the past. Home of the debut Punch and Judy show in 1662, swing by St Paul’s to see unique memorials to Charlie Chaplin, Vivien Leigh and many more interesting characters. When you’re done there, take a stroll through Covent Garden and watch the weird and wonderful array of street performances.
While London is one of the most exciting places you can be, it also has the tendency to sometimes become overwhelming. If you need some breathing space from the city while still being in a setting where you can admire it, take a trip to Hampstead Heath. This rolling, archaic parkland has a beautiful view of the skyline as well as a refreshing and well-needed break. Broken up by swimming ponds, a zoo and plenty of quiet spots for a nature-friendly picnic, there’s plenty of serenity surrounding this location which can be ideal for a reflective afternoon of solitude. Take a book with you and a pair of headphones, park yourself on the vista from Parliament Hill bench (yes, the one from all the British rom-coms) and take in the view.