Thursday, 23 August 2012

London on a budget

It is surprising how much you can do in the capital on a restricted budget.  I thought we would be throwing money around the place left, right and centre and come home to nurse the overdraft.  But we did do a couple of lovely things for practically small change or no cost at all.

I loved the Rainbow Park full of coloured sand at South Bank Centre.  The boys were thrilled to see it, whenever we have played with sand before it has been the bog standard variety so this was a real treat.  Completely free, you just dive in to climb, build and play.

We were spoilt and treated to free whippy ice creams by Mastercard.  They do a timed treat because supposedly everyone deserves one!  For the five us of it was a huge bonus and simply priceless… I do not know how often they do this promotion but if you happy to be in the area look out for a notice board just in case.

Also at South Bank (close to the London Eye) we dished out a few pounds here and there and enjoyed some fairly unique and memorable photo opportunities with the living statues.  It was relatively inexpensive and the boys really enjoyed it!  I think a walk through this area is a fun experience.  There were other acts too, involving bubble nets, break dancers and musicians.  A good lively buzz in the air, lots of tourists milling around here!  I am just impressed the statues can stay still for so long, I would admit defeat after a couple of minutes. 

Finally of course there is no shortage of free museums, as time was limited we only went to the Natural History Museum, which was absolutely amazing.  I am so impressed that they can give free entry to such a well stocked and fabulously presented museum.  

My boys were in awe of the dinosaur exhibits.  Of course we did spend a small fortune in the gift shop, but I am sure you could side step the shop and make a sharp exit to save money!  I love that you can borrow a little explorer’s set, eldest was in his element wearing a little hat, diving into the backpack and checking out the clues.  

He was fascinated by the whole experience.  This is a must for any visit to London!

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