Seeing (Some of) London in One Day on a Budget

London is one of the cities to which I would like to return. Last year, when we got to travel to England, we spent a full day in London and to be honest, it wasn't even enough after walking over 30,000 steps! This is why it would be great to return!

Everyone knows that London is not a cheap European capital and coming here, you will need to consider your budget. But there is a way to experience London on a budget. Hotels in London, like in many other capitals during the hot season, are quite pricey. This is why we made our decision to stay in Greenwich. Our hotel wasn't bad and we were close to the train station. This is what I love about Europe - you can get anywhere you want by public transportation. The other thing that we learned while there is that you can go cashless in London. Just use your credit card, even in the metro system, so long as you have a wifi chip. Compared to Germany, where it's quite hard to find a place to pay with your credit card, London was with the times.

Our first stop was in the Belgravia neighborhood to grab a sweet breakfast at Peggy Porschen Cakes. I loved their coffee and cake. It's a nice way to start your morning before all the insta bloggers come. Afterward, we walked around and enjoyed the architecture and shops in the neighborhood. Moving on from getting a taste of Belgravia, we decided to continue walking towards Westminster, where we were planning to see the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace. Since we were in London in August, it was quite hot that day and it was already overcrowded 1 hour prior to the show. I couldn't handle the heat, and we decided to stop at some restaurant to get a real breakfast.

Later we walked all the way to Westminster Abbey, but it was Sunday, and we didn't realize that it could be closed to the public. Sadly, we didn't get our chance to see it. We also didn't get to see a Big Ben due to it being under repair.

I was a bit disappointed, yet still glad that we had more time to see other neighborhoods of London like Covent Garden (where we stopped to check out Neal's Yard), Maida Vale (where we got to enjoy ice cream while walking along the canal that locals call Little Venice), Kensington (to have a lunch at the Churchill Arms pub), Notting Hill (for instaworthy spots from where we continued on Portobello Road to check out the Antique Market).  Unfortunately, we were late to check out other neighborhoods and flea markets, but catching one of the last vendors made our trip worth it! We bought a vintage travel case that works perfectly for our living room decoration. I truly hope we can go back to London and see more. Have you been to London already? Share your favorite restaurants, cafes, and museums that I should visit next time.