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Capital Gains: How to See London on a Budget

It may be one of the most expensive cities in the world, but you can still see London's best bits on a budget.

Bag a hotel bargain in August as business travellers leave the capital and hoteliers cut rates to lure Brits away from a cheap week in Greece.

We've seen summer room rates drop by over 50% at top properties, including the 4-star Millennium Hotel in Kensington (£99, was £229). Or if the budget's really tight, you could check in to the brand-new Tune Hotel in Westminster, a no-frills budget hotel opening in August with rooms on offer from a wallet-friendly £35 a night.

So that's the accommodation sorted, now for a round up of the best things to do in the Big Smoke this summer that won't cost you a penny:

  • Eat your way round Borough food market on the South Bank (open Fridays and Saturdays). Tuck into free samples from fromageries, patisseries and artisan food stalls
  • For a late-night culture fix, Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum are open until 10pm on Fridays, and the National Portrait Gallery is open until 9pm every Thursday and Friday. All offer free entry
  • Walk to the top of Primrose Hill near Camden for stunning views of the city. Much cheaper than a spin on the Eye
  • The Thames Festival (11-12 September) is packed full of free events including al fresco dance classes, fireworks and a street party on Southwark Bridge
  • Watch free films at The Scoop, an open-air cinema near Tower Bridge, between 15 September and 1 October. Films including "Up", "The Hurt Locker" and "Dirty Dancing" start at 7.30pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

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Deal Expert, London
Friday, 16 July 2010
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