Budget London Day Trips - Part 1

Monday, 16 June 2014

Visiting London is an expensive game but you can still have a lot of fun on a tight budget. As summer is approaching, I thought I’d do a series of posts to share with you some of my favourite things to do in London when friends come to stay, and they won’t damage your bank balance.

Part 1: Boris and Serpentine

This is a favourite little day trip when Soph comes to stay. She’s an architect so it feeds her hunger for a nice design and covers our love of a bike ride. 

Hyde Park

First step is to head over to Hyde Park Corner or Marble Arch and hire a Boris Bike. There’s loads of Boris stations there so it should be easy enough to find one. And boy are they cheap! The hire cost is £2 and if you keep dropping it back within 30mins then it won’t cost you a penny more.

Boris bike in Hyde Park

Next step; go for a cycle. Hyde Park is huge and there are plenty of opportunities for a whole day of people watching from a deck chair or cycling for hours if you fancy.

Hyde Park

Hyde Park

As Soph’s treat we have a yearly trip (between June-October) over to see the latest temporary pavilion at London’s Serpentine Gallery. Every year a new installation is built; last years design resembled a white climbing frame, which was supposed to make you feel like you were sat in the clouds. Fortnum and Mason were providing the treats so we obviously had to stop for a hot chocolate.

This year’s installation is designed by Chilean architect, Smiljan Radic. I think it’s supposed to represent a shell but looks a bit like a spaceship has landed. Check it out from 26th June. On selected Friday nights between July and September, the Pavilion will become a stage for Galleries Park Nights offering poetry, music, film and literature. Check the website for more details.

After the Pavilion, carry on cycling for a bit then drop the bikes off at Knightsbridge.

Boris Bikes

Harrods is a 3 minute walk away so we always head there to get lost in the finery and pretend we are rich.  


Little London Girl x

Day trip 1 is complete. Day trip 2 coming soon…..


  1. That park looks really peaceful, is there a road going through it or is the tar kind of part for bikes etc?

    1. Hi Alan, It's a great day out. There are dedicated cycle paths, and also paths for pedestrians and cars so something for everyone and keeps it really safe for any unsteady cyclists like me! The park is huge so you can always find a quiet spot away from the bustle x

  2. Great post as always! I never knew that if you put the bike back every half an hour it only cost £2. Thanks for the tip.
    Beth x



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