If you’re spending your Easter break in London, alongside your work and your studies (obv), why not try and fit in some London loving? To give you some inspiration, we’ve picked out a range of the best cheap or free activities we could find, so you can get out and see a bit of London without breaking the bank.
See an exhibition or visit a museum
Why not use your free days to learn something new and see something you’ve never seen before at an exhibition or show? Here’s a few ideas:
Illuminating India and Superbugs: The Fight for Our Lives are two free special exhibitions now showing at The Science Museum. Illuminating India is a season of exhibitions and events that celebrates India’s contribution to science, technology and mathematics. The Suberbugs exhibition explores how society is responding to the enormous challenge of antibiotic resistance, featuring scientific research from across the globe and the personal stories of those waging war on the superbugs.
The Museum of London also have a handful of free exhibitions on right now including Votes for Women, a new display featuring iconic objects from the museum’s vast Suffragette collection and London Visions; see different contemporary fantastical realities of London through the eyes of artists, architects and designers.
Try some new food without breaking the bank
We know you’re on a budget, so here’s our top pick of some bargain bites so you can try some new food without breaking the bank. Or visit the London Cheap Eats site and filter by area or category and find something you’d like to try, for £8 or less.
South East: Try the Grilled Pork Noodles for £6 at Panda Panda in Deptford, the Pie and Mash at Goddards in Greenwich which is a steal at only £4 or some Polish Pierogi dumplings at Mamuska! in Southwark for £7.50.
Further afield: Feast on a Curry, Roti and Salad Lunch for £5.50 from Hankies Cafe in Soho, try the Vegetarian Sri Lankan Curry from Mildred’s (Camden, Soho or King’s Cross) for £7.50 or how about the Vegan Burger with Fries and a Drink for £8 on the dot from the Temple of Seitan in Hackney.
Get active for free
Getting active doesn’t have to mean slogging it out at bootcamp… unless you’re into that of course! Here’s some ideas for getting fit in a more chilled, sociable way, for free:
Try walking to and from the library/work or meander along to one of the above food or exhibition choices - use Citymapper to find the best/safest route. NHS advice suggests that even a brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise so it’s free and good for you!
There are actually lots of free taster sessions and classes out there too, if you know where to look! Time Out have picked a selection here and Red Bull have their top selection here - find anything from free in-store classes and run clubs to a Friday night skate sesh.
Try something completely different
Want to do something a bit more unusual? Well how about these ideas...