A Day Out in London

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The other day, my friend and I decided to spend a day exploring London. We actually live pretty close, only about 40 minutes away by train, however I hardly ever go. This trip showed me how surprisingly cheap a day out in the capital city can be. Here is what we got up to.

After getting the tube to St James’ Park, we had lunch at Pret a Manger and then headed off to Westminster Abbey.

Once we’d admired the Abbey we came upon Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament, with the perfect Thames backdrop photo opportunity!

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Then we walked down to Trafalgar Square, passing by some protesters outside Downing Street (this was the day Theresa May actually became Prime Minister and people had a lot to say about it). I found that really cool, happening to be at such an important place on such an important day.

After the customary photo with one of the lions (unfortunately we were told very aggressively that we could not climb on them) it was, of course, beginning to rain.

So we popped into the National Portrait Gallery and had a look around. London is great because so so many of the museums are free- when I visit museums elsewhere I always feel obliged to see everything possible, to justify the cost of the ticket. However this was perfect, we mooched around feeling cultured while the rain tired itself out.

At least the weather provided a dramatic backdrop
After our dose of culture, we headed off towards Buckingham Palace. At this point I was having serious stomach cramps after the mac ‘n’ cheese I’d had at Pret (being lactose intolerant and a cheese lover is not easy okay) so we lay down in Green Park by Buckingham Palace, soaking in the sunshine (yes the sun finally decided to show up).

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On the way to Buckingham Palace on the Mall
It soon started to get very cold and rain was once again threatening, so we speedily made for h&m to buy some warmer clothing, where I found this jumper.

Only ยฃ3!!
At this point we were very tired, so decided to call it a day. Not wanting to face the crowds of Oxford Circus tube station we walked to Regent’s Park and caught the tube there. By this point my feet were killing me and I was very excited to go home.

Even though London is so big, I love that we were able to see so many monuments yet go out for lunch and chill in a park in one day trip, just by walking around. I’d definitely recommend a day trip around your local big city as a cheap, fun day out. We could have easily just spent ยฃ8 for the entire day (the cost of a Zones 1-6 Travel Card with a 16-25 Railcard discount) by bringing our own lunch and avoiding H&M!

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