There’s no getting around it: The basics of life are pricey in London. Hotel rooms, taxis, restaurant meals and subway fares are among the most expensive in the world.
The good news is that Britain’s teeming capital is also a city of cultural riches, historic buildings and gorgeous parks, many of which can be experienced for free.Myriad museums:
And London has museums for all tastes and interests. No visitor should miss the 260-year-old British Museum, with its collection covering millennia of human culture, from Egyptian mummies to Greek friezes to drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Among the smaller, quirkier attractions are the Hunterian Museum, whose skeletons and specimens trace the history of surgery and anatomical study.Hampstead Heath:
Instead, visit Abney Park Cemetery in the scruffily fashionable Stoke Newington area. It’s a splendidly spooky, overgrown graveyard full of crumbling monuments and a ruined chapel.
Right in the financial district in the city center is Bunhill Fields, which served as a burial ground for religious dissenters starting in the 17th century. Now it’s a miniature oasis for lunching office workers, and home to the graves of Robinson Crusoe author Daniel Defoe and poet William Blake.