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How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

So … you want to enjoy and experience London the absolute best you possibly can but you really haven’t got the budget to do so … Well, now you do!

I’ve put together a WHOLE day itinerary of how you can see and experience London at its best all for under £20. The itinerary includes touring some of London’s most iconic landmarks & places as well as where to eat breakfast, lunch, a sweet treat and dinner . Yes, all for under £20! 

Here is How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

Start with breakfast at:

Pophams Bakery

Maple & Bacon Swirl £3.80

Pophams Bakery in Angel, North London. Pophams is a small but perfectly formed bakery producing some of the most delicious, beautiful and creative pastries out there. Their maple & bacon swirl is the BEST pastry I’ve ever eaten and their menu is full of other brilliant sweet and savoury pastries to enjoy for your breakfast.

Pophams Bakery - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!


Take the Tube:

Northern Line Tube from Angel > Camden Town (10 mins)


Camden Market

Camden is a buzzing, a diverse and colourful area famous for its multicoloured houses and brilliant, bustling market.  The market is home to independent, creative retailers, fantastic street food and there’s always something going on on every corner! There are over 1000 places in and the around the market to experience and it’s a must visit place when in London.

Camden Market - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

Take the Tube:

Northern Line Tube from Camden > London Bridge (20 mins)

Get Lunch:

Padella Pasta 

Pici cacio & pepe plus sourdough bread and oil £8.50

Padella are a small pasta bar serving beautiful, fresh, handmade pasta. On arrival expect a queue as they don’t take reservations. Their portions are designed to share or one plate is enough for a lighter lunch. If you want to save even more money their gnocchi with nutmeg butter and bread would be just £6.50! One of London’s best cheap eats and one place I marked on my ‘Where To Eat in London For A Special Occasion List’.

Padella Pasta - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!


Walk to Borough Market (1 minute)


Visit Borough Market & Bermondsey Street

Borough Market is the biggest market in London solely dedicated to food. Inside you’ll find fresh fruit and veg, butchers and cheesemongers, as well as an epic street food scene, coffee shops & restaurants. The best thing about Borough are the number of food samples and traders tend to be very generous. Plenty to see and eat in Borough Market. If you happen to be doing this route on a Sunday remember Borough Market isn’t open but you could head to Maltby Street Market instead which isn’t too far away or take a short walk to Bermondsey Street to experience the shops, restaurants, coffee shops and art galleries.

Borough Market - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

Take The Tube:

Jubilee Line Tube from London Bridge To Westminster (8 minutes) and walk from Westminster to Piccadilly Circus (15-30 minutes)


Visit Big Ben, Houses of Parliament and Whitehall

You can’t come to London without seeing the iconic landmarks. Once you’ve jumped off the tube at Westminster, Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament are right on your doorstep. Then take a walk up Whitehall, past the Prime Ministers house and Churchill War rooms. It’s the perfect sightseeing route before we stop for something sweet!

London Landmarks - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

Stop for Cake:

Ole & Steen

Cinnamon Social £3

Ole & Steen are a Danish bakery doing a huge selection of bread, cakes and pastries. They are most famous for their cinnamon social and there’s a good reason why. This soft bread is filled with a thick cinnamon sugar paste and little bits of custard. It’s so good which is why it made my ‘Where To Eat London’s Tastiest Cinnamon Roll‘ list.

Ole & Steen - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!


Walk through Piccadilly Circus to Covent Garden (5 minutes)


Covent Garden

Again, when you’re in London you can’t NOT stop off at the iconic Covent Garden. Inside the beautiful piazza you’ll be spoilt for choice for shopping, food, history and entertainment. If you have time, Seven Dials is a short walk away and another great place to visit.

Covent Garden - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!

Take The Tube:

Central Line Tube from Tottenham Court Road to Liverpool Street (20 minutes)

Have Dinner:

Pizza Union

Margherita Pizza £3.95

Pizza Union is a relaxed, no fuss, no frills pizzeria. You pay at the counter, take a seat and your buzzer will tell you when you can pick up your food. Even though it’s pretty casual inside you can still settle down for an evening of good food and feel you’ve made a good night of it. The pizzas are great and if you want to splash out cocktails are just £5 a pop. At these prices, it’s an absolute steal and there’s a good reason it made my ‘Best Pizzas in London List

Pizza Union - How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20!


…. and there it is – the perfect day in London for under £20!*

If you try out my mini itinerary please let me know what you think and I hope you have an amazing day. Don’t forget to check out all my other bucket lists here to get the most out of the amazing food places London has.

*£20 doesn’t include drinks & service charges.


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  1. Jessica
    7th January 2019 / 8:16 pm

    Damn.. you forgot to mention Neals Yard whilst in Covent Garden, that place is also a must when in that area ?

    • Not So Basic London
      7th January 2019 / 8:53 pm

      Hello Jessica. Thanks for reading. Neals Yard part of Seven Dials which I mention in article. Couldn’t miss that little gem! xx

  2. 7th January 2019 / 8:58 pm

    Ahh what an amazing itinerary! Well done for keeping it under £20 and with so many amazing choices, too! Pizza Union is my favourite place for pizza in London and I seriously still can’t believe how freaking cheap it is! xx

  3. 8th January 2019 / 6:04 am

    This is so amazing! Can’t wait to follow this when I m back in London!

    • Not So Basic London
      10th January 2019 / 10:15 am

      Thanks for reading Sharmin. Let me know what you think 🙂 x

  4. 8th January 2019 / 7:52 pm

    I absolutely LOVE the food at Camden Market. I used to work at the Interchange building and I’m ashamed to say there were quite a few occasions when I had two lunches from two different stalls.

    • Not So Basic London
      10th January 2019 / 10:16 am

      haha, NOTHING to be ashamed about Kelly. Too much choice isn’t there. Thanks for reading. Charlotte x

  5. 16th January 2019 / 8:08 pm

    This is so fab I love it!! Always love the bargain meals!

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