London may not be the cheapest city to live in, especially in the areas around Chelsea and Kensington, but there are still plenty of places you can enjoy without breaking the bank.
On a sunny day, there is nothing like a walk through Kensington Gardens and Hyde Park. While there, if you feel like mixing in a little culture, pop into the Serpentine gallery. This in one of London’s best-loved galleries for modern and contemporary art, and it’s free!
I recently saw a very interesting exhibition on contemporary design. Next in line at the Serpentine is a solo exhibition by Richard Hamilton (starting March 5th)
Art lovers and not will appreciate free admission to all shows at the Saatchi gallery (Chelsea).Perfect for a cold winter day, the gallery aims to bring contemporary art to the widest audience possible. I find a lot of the art in here hard to understand, but the building is beautiful and the cafe perfect for a cream tea or a drink.
If you are more likely to crave a pint than a cup of tea, there are a couple of pubs you may want to try in this area. The Coopers Arms serves a range of Youngs beers – Bitter, Special and Kew Gold (I hear they are very good) and good grub at reasonable prices. The pub dog friendly- in case you want to bring your pet with you.
For a traditional, old style pub (no TV screens, historical setting and grate ales), head to the Elephant and Castle on Holland St. Here you can try a wide variety of seasonal ales (the ales menu changes every 4 months or so), and to go with your pint make sure to taste one of the scrumptious sausage dishes.
London W2 3XA
Duke of York’s HQ
87 Flood Street, Chelsea
London SW3 5TB
The Elephant and Castle
40 Holland Street,
London, W8 4LT