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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

Keep reading to discover how to have the perfect day in London for under £20.

Do you want to experience the best of London but haven’t got the budget for it? … well, now you do! I’ve put together a WHOLE day itinerary of how to see and experience the best of London for under £20. The itinerary includes seeing some of London’s most iconic landmarks plus great places for breakfast, lunch, a sweet treat and dinner. ALL FOR UNDER £20!


Start with breakfast at:

Pophams Bakery – Maple & Bacon Swirl £3.80

Pophams is a small but perfectly formed bakery in North London producing some of the most delicious and creative pastries in the city. Their maple & bacon swirl is the BEST pastry I’ve ever eaten. If you don’t fancy that particular pastry their menu is full of other brilliant sweet and savouries to enjoy for your breakfast.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20 (Picture of the bacon maple pastry from Popham's Bakery)


Take the Tube:

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


Camden Market – FREE

Camden is probably the most famous market of all. What’s great about this market is there’s so much going on and around every corner, there is something new to see. It has over 1000 stalls to browse for clothes, homemade gifts & vintage furniture. Plus, it’s got a huge selection of top food vendors & restaurants. See more great London markets here.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20 (Picture of Camden Market)

Take the Tube:

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

Get Lunch:

Padella Pasta – Pici cacio £6.50

Padella is one of London’s most famous restaurants. They are a small pasta bar serving fresh, handmade Italian pasta. They are incredibly popular so expect a queue on arrival. Unfortunately, they don’t take reservations. Their portions are designed to share or one plate is enough for a lighter lunch.  

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20! (Picture of pasta from Padella, London)


Walk to Borough Market (1 minute)


Visit Borough Market & Bermondsey Street – FREE

Borough Market is London’s oldest, largest and most established food market. The many stalls are adorned with an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, meats and cheeses brought to you by passionate artisan producers from across the UK.  Borough Market is steeped in history and dates back all the way to 1276. It’s also been the filming location for Harry Potter and Bridget Jones’s Diary. Borough is probably the most tourist-heavy market out of them all and Saturday’s get SUPER busy. Go as early as you possibly can. Borough isn’t just a market, it’s an entire destination!  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.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20 (Picture of Borough Market)

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 – FREE

You can’t visit 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. Take a walk up Whitehall, past the Prime Ministers house and the Churchill War rooms. It’s the perfect sightseeing route before we stop for something sweet. If you have more time, you’ll want to do my free sightseeing walking tour which takes you past 20+ London landmarks.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20! (Picture of a London bus and House of Parliament)

Stop for Cake:

Ole & Steen – Cinnamon Social £3.30

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. The soft, sweet bread is filled with a thick cinnamon-sugar paste, little bits of custard and it’s INSANELY GOOD! It’s so good in fact it made my ‘London’s Tastiest Cinnamon Roll‘ list.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20 (Picture of a cinnamon social from Ole & Steen)


Walk through Piccadilly Circus to Covent Garden (5 minutes)


Covent Garden

When in London you MUST stop off at the iconic Covent Garden. Inside the beautiful piazza, you’ll be spoilt for choice with shopping, food, history and entertainment. If you have time, Seven Dials & Neal’s Yard is also a short walk away – another great place to visit.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20 (Picture of Covent Garden Market)

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’re food is ready to pick up. Even though it’s pretty casual inside you can still settle down to a really nice evening 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! It made my list of Best Pizzas in London for good reason.

How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20 (Picture of pizza from Pizza Union)


…. and there it is – How To Have The Perfect Day in London For Under £20*

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


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



  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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