Budget Tours in North West London
British Library -> Wellcome Collection -> All Hallows Church -> Tandis (restaurant – meals from £8.90) -> Hampstead Heath -> The Parlour -> Royal Air Force Museum -> McGowans (bar – beer from £1.95)
North West London is an area that you cannot miss when visiting the British Capital. It is a zone filled with all sorts of attractions, from museums to parks and contemporary art galleries. If your budget does not allow you to enter expensive attractions or to go to luxurious restaurants, you don’t have to worry because this area features numerous free and affordable things to see. Check some of them below.
- One attraction you must not miss in North West London is the British Library (96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB), one of the most recognisable libraries in the world. The greatest thing about it is that you can visit it for free. The opening hours are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30am till 6pm, on Tuesdays, from 9:30am until 8pm and on Sundays from 11am till 5pm. Inside, you can see some of Shakespeare’s early plays, the original Beatles lyrics, Jane Austen’s notebooks and much more. Moreover, while you are in the area, you can take some time to also see the beautiful St Pancras Station. It is 5 minutes away from the Library.
- You can continue with the Wellcome Collection (183 Euston Road, NW1 2BE), a modern gallery with great exhibitions featuring scientific themes. The gallery was constructed in honour of Henry Wellcome, a British collector and science-lover. The entry is free and the opening hours are Friday – Sunday and Tuesday – Wednesday between 10am and 6pm and Thursday from 10am till 10pm.On Mondays, it is closed. The Wellcome Collection is also home to a bookshop and a café.
A journey from the British Library to the Wellcome Collection will take around 5 minutes and will cost £11 (£2.75 / person for a car with 4 passengers).
- The All Hallows Church is another place that you can visit. It is located at NW3 2LA, Savernake Road. It is one of the oldest and best known churches in London. It was constructed in 1889. It will immediately capture your attention with its high and vast interior and the exquisite acoustics. The church is free to visit from morning till late in the evening.
A transfer from the Wellcome Collection to All Hallows Church will cost you £12 (£3 / person for a car with 4 passengers) and the journey will take almost 15 minutes.
- Now you can take a break and have a snack at the Tandis, a Persian restaurant located at 73 Haverstock Hill, NW3 4SL. It is a nice eatery with a bar. You can go there if you want to take your meal in a quiet, yet friendly environment. The dishes are exquisite, delicious and carefully prepared. The meals are usually served from noon till midnight and the prices for a main course start from £8.90.
A transfer from All Hallows Church to Tandis will take almost 5 minutes and it will cost around £11 (£2.75 / person for a car with 4 passengers).
- One of the greatest and most beautiful green areas in London is Hampstead Heath (Hampstead Lane, NW3 7JR) and it is located in North West London. Besides the numerous trees, the bathing ponds and picnic spaces, the park’s biggest asset is the panoramic viewpoints it features. From there, you can see London’s entire centre, so make sure you take your camera with you. The heath is free to visit and it opened from dawn till dusk.
From Tandis to the Hampstead Heath, you can take a minicab and the price would be £11 (£2.75 / person for a car with 4 passengers). The trip will take 10 minutes.
- If you are into contemporary art, then you can visit The Parlour, in NW5 4DS, 181 Queen’s Crescent. It is a fashionable, yet funky gallery and it houses works of art created by young British artists. It has free entry and it is opened on Sundays from 1pm till 6pm. The Parlour is the ultimate experience in what regards the underground art.
The minicab transfer from Hampstead Heath to The Parlour will be £11 (£2.75 / person for a car with 4 passengers) and will last 10 minutes.
- When you’re planning a Budget Tour in North West London, you must not miss the Royal Air Force Museum, at Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL. It is opened every day, from 10am till 6pm and the entry is free. The museum features a vast collection of aircraft, including monster bombers, featherlight bi-planes, helicopters and flying boats. It also has refreshment options and picnic tables for those who enjoy meals in the nature.
The transfer from The Parlour to the Royal Air Force Museum will take 20 minutes and it will cost £19 (£4.75 / person for a car with four passengers).
- The Budget Tour in North West London can end with a beer at McGowans, a lovely bar at 225 – 227 Edgware Road, NW9 6LU. It features a friendly Irish theme and you will be impressed by the prices offered for drinks and food. For example, the price for a beer starts from £1.95. It also has pool tables and it shows sports events. On weekdays, it is opened from 10am till 11pm, on Fridays it is opened from 10am till 1am and on Saturdays it is opened from 10am till 2am.
The transfer from the Royal Air Force Museum to McGowans will cost £11 (£2.75 / person for a car with 4 passengers). The transfer will last almost 10 minutes.
The Budget Tour in North West London will take around 7 hours and 15 minutes. The transport will cost you £86 per vehicle and £22 per person when this is filled with 4 passengers. A 10% discount can offer you cheaper prices – £78 for a minicab and £20 per person.
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