A day trip from Cambridge to London for less than £50.

If you fancy a day trip into our capital, but the budget is a little tight, then fear not - I've got you covered.


A return travelcard train ticket to underground zones 1-6 will set you back £23.00, but if you have a student railcard (which is a very sensible investment for uni), your ticket will already be down to £15.20. This travelcard to London allows you to have free reign on the tubes, so you can really explore.

If like me, your first thought is always food (true foodie here), then you’ll be happy to know that London has some cheap eats if you choose wisely. www.londoncheapeats.com (or sites like Buzzfeed) will provide you with an array of choices for £8 and less. But some of my personal favourite places to eat in London include Franco Manca, which serves sourdough pizza prices from £4.50, and Hache, which serves burgers from £7.50. Places like Covent Garden and Camden Town have tons of market style food for under a tenner. So, as long as you’re willing to stray away from chain restaurants, your choices are endless.


Speaking of Camden Town, this is one of the many perfect (and FREE) locations to browse around on a day out. Other markets include the Borough Market, Portobello Road and Old Spitalfields. Visiting tourist spots like Leicester Square can also be fun, with shops such as M&M world.


If you fancy visiting a specific building or location, the oldest aquaria in the London Horniman Museum offers entry at £4.40, where you'll find views of remarkable fish. Most museums will also have cheap, or free, entry. This is a fun yet informative day out, so find the one that suits you and head out there!

For those of you who want to burn off those calories from lunch, you can hire Santander Cycles bikes from as little as £2. Alternatively, hire a rowing boat in Hyde Park for £10 and, if you love a hike, for £4 you can climb The Monument’s 311 steps, with the promise of spectacular views at the end.

If you stay into the evening, you can find late-night openings of museums, live jazz for under a fiver (for example at Nightjar), and plenty of 2-for-1 cocktails (Be At One is always a safe bet for this). The Royal Opera House and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre also have tickets that sell for under £5.

Combining a suitable number of these activities (with some food, of course) and the train tickets, you’re looking at a fabulous day in the heart of London for – you guessed it – under £50.

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