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About London

There's nowhere in the world quite like London
There's nowhere quite like London - whether you're checking out the kooky fashions at Camden Market, taking in performances at the London Southbank Centre or wandering the vast green expanse of Richmond Park, there's always something new to do. The UK capital is constantly evolving, and while some of the attractions may be pricey, YHA's wide selection of cheap London hostels means you don't have to splash out on accommodation, leaving you with more cash to spend doing the things you really want to.

It's hard to know where to start when talking about the things you can do on a city break in London, but there really is something for everyone. First-time visitors may want to do some sightseeing, taking in famous landmarks like Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge, or spend time exploring the city's vast wealth of museums and art galleries, many of which are free to visit. Alternatively, you may want to live it up in the trendy clubs and bars of Soho and Shoreditch, get a bite to eat in a bohemian Camden café or take in a West End musical - it's all there for the taking!

Be sure to check out our Top 11 London Travel Hacks video and the other great things to do in London in our Travel Guide

YHA operates six hostels in the city centre, including accommodation in Oxford Street, Earls Court and St Pancras, so there's a great selection of cheap hostels in London if you want to stay somewhere central. If you'd prefer to stay outside of the city centre, or are looking for an activity break, London Lee Valley offers fantastic accommodation set in thousands of acres of tranquil country parkland - and all just a 25-minute train journey from the centre of London! Whatever you get up to in the capital, you can be assured of comfy lodgings at an affordable price when you stay with YHA.

Five FREE things to do

Richmond Park
You’ll be sharing 2,500 acres with two herds of red and fallow deer. Don’t miss the Isabella Plantation – beautiful at any time of year, exceptional in the spring when the azaleas are in flower.

London Southbank Centre
This welcoming space on the Thames regularly holds free concerts, dance performances and arts oriented fun.

Maritime Greenwich
Visit the Royal Observatory, National Maritime Museum and The Queen’s House – all free. Explore the maritime history of Britain, navigational and astronomical discoveries, and seafaring deeds that led to the voyages of discovery.

British Library
The UK’s national library and home to unique exhibition galleries. Many exhibitions are free though some do incur an entrance fee.

Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon
The history of aviation from the earliest balloon flights to the latest “Eurofighter.” The museum has special events throughout the year. Call 020 8358 4849 for details.

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