In a couple of weeks I'm travelling to London for a few days. I've been quite a few times before, so have seen most of the sites.
I'm just looking for suggestions as to what to do when I'm there that won't cost too much money, or take up too much time. Something different and interesting would be great instead of the cliched 'buckingham palace' and 'tower bridge' sightings.
Any good, trendy, and affordable places to eat/stop off for a coffee?
(I'm staying near hyde park)
On my site i have a list of some attractions and some of them are not the typical things. Check it out and maybe your find something.
camden strollin, hawkers food there are pretty cheap and best of all, view from primrose hill..i could do those any day
[ Edit: Edited at Aug 16, 2006 6:17 AM by beachbabe ]
London markets are a great way to soak up some atmosphere, shop, and get some cheap eats! Spitalfields market (Sunday) is particularly good. Sells everything from vintage t-shirts to lampshades to records to organic olives. Has some great global food stalls (as well as the typical British pie & mash!). If you're that way, there is a flower market on Columbia Rd on Sundays which is lovely. And, of course, Brick Lane if you are partial to a cheap but very yummy curry. I would also recommend Portobello Rd and Borough Markets (Saturdays). As beachbabe suggests, Camden Market is pretty cool too, in an alternative kind of way! If you go to Camden, you can take a walk along the canal to Regents Park.
If it's nice weather, Hampstead Heath is perfect for walking/picnic. There is a fresh water lido, so take your swimwear (and a map as tricky to find!). Hampstead has some lovely coffee shops and places to eat also.
Check out timeout.com, (the London bible) and squaremeal.co.uk for eating out ideas.
If you want some more ideas, I can help you out more, just PM me!