Budget Tours in Central London
Trafalgar Square -> National Gallery -> British Museum -> Stockpot (restaurant – meals from £4.95) -> Leicester Square -> Piccadilly Circus -> Museum of London -> Tate Modern -> Guanabara (pub – beer from £2.20)
Central London is a tourist’s heaven. It boasts of fabulous and world – famous attractions and it is probably one of the most visited areas on the planet. When visiting London, you cannot possibly miss this place. It features symbolic landmarks and sights that will definitely make your vacation a perfect one. Even though it has the reputation of a quite expensive zone, Central London can also be the ideal option for those traveling on a budget.
- A perfect Budget Tour in Central London will start with a visit to Trafalgar Square, one of the Capital’s icons. The famous square is located in Westminster, WC2N 5DS and it is guarded by Lord Nelson’s Column. The National Gallery also stands on one of the square’s sides. Take a couple of minutes to just sit and enjoy the Fourth Plinth, the fountains and the stone lions and if you want to, you can even feed the pigeons.
- Since you already are at the Trafalgar Square, all you have to do is turn around and walk for 40 feet and you’ll get to the famous National Gallery (Westminster, WC2N 5DN). You will be immediately attracted by this amazing building due to its neo-classical portico and columns. After you will enter the gallery, more than 2,300 paintings will be ready to catch your eyes. The oldest work of art dates from 1260 and the newest is from 1900. You will see paintings signed by world-famous artists like Rembrandt, Botticelli, Van Gogh and Monet. The National Gallery is free to visit and it is opened daily from 10am till 6pm. On Fridays, you can visit it until 9pm.
- If you think the National Gallery is impressive, wait till you will see the British Museum (Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG). It is opened every day, from 10am till 5:30pm and some galleries are opened until 8:30pm on Fridays. It has no entry fee. The British Museum was established in 1753 and it features collections that span 2 million years. The Egyptian mummies, the Parthenon sculptures and the Rosetta Stone are the highlights of the museum.
A transfer from the National Gallery to the British Museum is going to cost you £11 (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger). This journey usually lasts 7 minutes.
- After you have seen all these beauties, you can grab a snack at the Stockpot, a restaurant featuring British cuisine and located at 18 Old Compton Street, W1D 4TN. If being a vegetarian is not one of your passions, then you will definitely love this place, because most of the dishes include lots of stakes and meat. Don’t worry, as they are assorted with vegetables. The staff is friendly and the décor reminds you of the 60s. A set meal with 2 courses can get to £7.10. The meals are served from 9am until 11:30am / 12am between Monday and Saturday and on Sundays are served from noon until 11:30pm.
The transfer from the British Museum to the Stockpot will cost you £11 for a minicab (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger). It will take you 5 minutes to travel between these 2 destinations.
- Now that you have relaxed, you can continue with the tour and visit the Leicester Square (Soho, WC2H 7BP). It is surrounded by the Covent Garden, China Town, Piccadilly Circus and Trafalgar Square and it is the home of the British Cinema. The European premieres are usually presented here, in one of the numerous cinemas that line the area. The square also praises with the bronze hand imprints of famous actors like Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Tom Cruise. The small park in the square is guarded by Charlie Chaplin’s, Hogarth’s and Shakespeare’s statues.
From The Stockpot to Leicester Square, you can take a minicab for which you will have to pay almost £11 (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger). This transfer will take 5 minutes.
- Nearby the Leicester Square there is the renowned Piccadilly Circus (Soho, W1J 0DA), another state-of-the-art London attraction that you cannot miss. This enormous road junction is dominated by the Shaftesbury memorial fountain and the famous Statue of Eros, which represents an icon for the Londoners and the tourists. Sit on the fountain’s stairs, observe the busy life developing around you or take some pictures with the huge advertising signs behind you.
Getting from Leicester Square to Piccadilly Circus will cost you £11 (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger) and it will last no more than 5 minutes.
- The journey continues with the Museum of London (150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN). This free museum is opened from Monday till Sunday, between 10am and 6pm. Here you will see London’s history, from the prehistoric times till the present day. The museum is home to more than 1.1 million objects, including old books, vintage cars, skeletons and even pieces from the ancient London Wall. The galleries are chronologically sorted, so you will gradually see the Capital’s evolution.
A minicab from Piccadilly Circus to the Museum of London will be £11 (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger). This tour will last almost 20 minutes.
- The last gallery included in this Budget Tour in Central London is Tate Modern, 25 Summer Street, SE1 9TG. The entry is free for children and adults and the gallery can be visited from Sunday till Thursday (10am – 6pm) and from Friday to Saturday (10am – 10pm). The interesting fact about this museum is that it is housed in the old Bankside Power Station. It was opened in 2000 and since then it paid homage to the modern art. Some of the most impressive works of art in this gallery are signed by Picasso, Dali, Moore and Matisse.
The transfer from the Museum of London to Tate Modern will be £11 (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger). The transfer will last 20 minutes.
- You can end this amazing Budget Tour at the Guanabara, a pub in Central London. It is located at Parker Street, WC2B 5PW. You will definitely like this amazing Brazilian bar with various entertainment options such as live music, DJs and dance lessons. The cheapest beer is £2.2 and the most affordable wine is £9. It also features delicious Brazilian dishes. The opening hours are Monday – Saturday (5pm – 2:30am) and Sunday (5pm – 12am).
From Tate Modern to the Guanabara, you can use our transfer service and pay £11 (if the car is full, it will be £2.75 / passenger). You will get there in 10 minutes.
A Budget Tour in Central London will cost you £77 for the transport. Per person, the transfer will be £20. The discounted prices are £70 per car and £18 per passenger. The tour we suggested takes almost 7 hours and 40 minutes.
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