As you can see from the ridiculously long post title, I thought I would combine the second part of our anniversary trip to London with some last minute Valentine ideas. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time in London. there are many things you can do on a budget too.
London, like most big cities, has a reputation for being expensive. Although we didn’t want to be counting the pennies everywhere we went, a shopping spree at Harrods wasn’t exactly an option either. First was breakfast. After a quick internet search of nice, but inexpensive places to eat in London (I’m not kidding, that’s what I typed into the search engine. Gotta love Google), we were on our way to Princi. Experience has taught us that internet reviews can’t always be trusted, so we decided that we would give it a simple test. If there were loads of locals sat inside, we would stay. We needn’t have worried. There were customers, they were eating and they looked happy. Princi is a gorgeous Italian bakery that serves a delicious selection of cakes and breads. the surroundings are neutral and calm, with a beautiful water feature that runs along one wall (weak bladders, please note).
The food was amazing. One month later and I’m still dreaming of the Nutella-filled croissants……. The coffee was good too and the price was none to dissimilar from Yorkshire prices too. Don’t you just hate it when you have to remortgage your house for a beverage?
Me and Mr C liked the Princi experience so much that we went back the next day. No, not because we’re getting old and set in our ways. If you had tasted those Nutella croissants, you would have done the same. For more information on Princi, click here.
After Princi, we went for a wander around Covent Garden. There’s lots to see and do here if you’re on a budget – window shopping is free, after all.
However, the January weather did drive us indoors eventually and we found ourselves at the National Portrait Gallery. Free to enter, the gallery is full of portraits of historical and culturally important people. The only downside was that the section containing portraits of contemporary figures of today was closed due to preparations for a special exhibition that was opening soon. Not that it mattered. I found seeing original paintings that I’d previously only seen in history books really interesting. It kinda blew my mind that a) they’d been so well preserved and b) that I could touch them, if I wanted to…..
I didn’t touch them.
Other places that we could have visited were the Science Museum and Natural History Museum. All are *free to enter. Ker-ching! Unfortunately there wasn’t time to see all those sights, so we did some sightseeing of our own. Look, a Banksy…
In the evening, we went out for a meal and then went to see a West End show. We ate at Bella Pasta. Yeah, it’s a chain, yeah it’s wasn’t super cool, but the food was good, so who cares, yeah?
(Note to self: stop saying yeah)
London is a great city to visit, full of great things to see and do and I think we’ve proved that a visit to it needn’t be cost prohibitive. If you’re thinking of a last minute trip for the Valentine Weekend, I highly recommend it. And if you’re still not interested, maybe the sight of this might tempt you…
Mmmmm, Nutella croissants…….
*apart from any special exhibitions, which you may have to pay for