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17 London Outings For Under A Tenner

Adventures on the cheap.

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Closest station: Loughton

Budget: Free

Explore the expanse of Epping Forest on your own, or choose from the property's many attractions, museums, and tours to keep you busy throughout the day. Best practice: bring a book, a picnic lunch, and find an empty field to call your own for a few hours.

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Closest station: Orpington

Budget: £10.60 entry

Visit Down House where Charles Darwin lived the majority of his life, and where he wrote his iconic On the Origin of Species. On a sunny day, explore the surrounding land, where the great thinker used to wander and contemplate his ideas.

Closest station: Knightsbridge

Budget: £4.60 entry

Cool off after a long walk in the park with a swim in the central London lido, or sunbathe on along the shore for a discounted price (£3.50). The facilities open for weekends and bank holidays in May, and expand to daily hours June through August.

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Closest station: Sanderstead

Budget: Free

This six mile walk follows footpaths through the woodland areas of Riddlesdown, Kenley Common, Couldson Commons, and Farthing Downs. Pack a picnic lunch for a true natural day out, or pop into the Fox Inn at Coulsdon Common.

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Closest station: South Wimbledon

Budget: Free

This historical old mill in Wimbledon hosts a variety of independent arts and crafts shops and a bustling weekend market. With the picturesque view from the William Morris free house overlooking the market and the river, it's the perfect place to while away a Saturday.

Closest station: Crystal Palace

Budget: £6 entry to Dulwich Picture Gallery

Follow in the footsteps off the Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro, who lived in London in 1870 and was inspired to paint Norwood and Sydenham. See his blue plaque at 77a Westow Hill. From nearby Crystal Palace, take the number 3 bus to London's oldest art gallery, Dulwich Picture Gallery.

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Closest station: Turnham Green

Budget: £10 tasting / £7 non-tasting

This tour of Fuller's 150 year old brewery is a steal at just £10 per person including a beer tasting. The hour and a half tour walks you through the brand's history and process, and once you're finished, wander along the Thames just beyond the brewery and enjoy a pint in one of the many riverside pubs in the area.

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Closest station: Sloane Square

Budget: £9.90 entry

The gorgeous and educational Chelsea Physic Garden is an excellent central London excursion, and if you're keen to learn about the unique plants throughout the area, a wander through will easily take all day. Don't forget to pop into the cafe, where tea and coffee are brewed from fresh specimens from the garden.

Closest station: Blackfriars

Budget: £5

The Globe offers £5 standing tickets for all of its shows, with past productions featuring theatre juggernauts Stephen Fry and Mark Rylance. The opportunity to get up close and personal for a low price completely outweighs the long standing time, and there's something charming about experience theatre the way Shakespeare's original audience would have (on their feet).

Closest station: Maida Vale / Camden Town

Budget: £8.50

Spend your afternoon floating through London's canals on this unique boat trip between Little Venice and Camden Town. A one way journey costs less than ten pounds, and give you an an hour and a half to enjoy the view from the intimate streams that cross the city.

Closest station: Greenwich

Budget: £11 (yes, technically a pound over budget, but it's a two for one!)

Skip the Ritz for an equally charming but much more affordable afternoon tea at the quirky Fan Museum in Greenwich. For a full day out, see the museum's permanent collection for £4 and enjoy a full afternoon tea in the lovely banquet room, The Orangery, for just £7.

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