Traveling Light – London

London is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Beers at local pubs start around 3 pounds, and can go up to 10 pounds for specialty pints (think ~5-15 US dollars with the current exchange rate). This was my third time in London, and I have slowly been compiling a list of places to go, things to see, and must-try restaurants that won’t break the bank.

1. National Gallery/National Portrait Gallery – located in the heart of the city on the crown of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is an incredible building (architecturally) and the home to thousands of famous paintings dating back to the 1200s. The Gallery is free to the public, and you can get a wide variety of postcards to commemorate your favorite pieces (mine this time was Van Gogh’s Farms near Auvers and Sunflowers) for a mere 70 pence!

2. Public House – a newly opened bar in the Bloomsbury/Russel Square area that sells local keg and craft beers around 3 pounds/pint. We tried a few types from here, and didn’t have one we didn’t like. The staff was super friendly and helpful with explaining the types of beer, and you we haven’t found a place that sells such high quality beer for such a low price.

3. The British Museum

4. Tate Modern

5. Hyde Park

6. Jamie Oliver’s Union Jack – For when you’re craving pizza!


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