Affordable dates in London

1. Take a walk on Clapham Common.
Clapham Common is a huge open space in SW London on the edge of zone 2. There’s 220 acres of green space, 3 ponds and Victorian bandstand. The bandstand area is popular with dogwalkers and there’s a cute little café where you can get a coffee & cake watch the world go by.

2. Grab some dinner at Pizza Pilgrims
Pizza Pilgrims does Napoli inspired street food at locations on Dean Street and Kingly Street. Their pizzas are baked in a couple of minutes in the custom built stone bake ovens and are all under £10, including the delicious Nduja (spicy sausage) pizza. Top tip – Finish your meal with a delicious order of limoncello.

3. Walk from Kings Cross to Camden Lock.
If you head towards Granary Square from Kings Cross you’ll find some green steps leading down towards the canal.
If you walk along towards Camden Lock you’ll have some lovely sights including canal boats, a number of functioning locks & quaint cottages. When you arrive at Camden make sure to head to the food markets and in particular try the Bún Bao from the world food stands.

4. Take in the view from One New Change
Opposite St Paul’s Cathedral is a shopping centre called One New Change which has a wonderful roof terrace. It’s open from 6am-midnight daily and offers magnificent views of the London skyline and particularly of the cathedral from an angle you’ve probably never seen before.

Take the lift up to the floor of Madison’s Restaurant and Bar, but then just head left onto the terrace instead of into the bar. They also host a number of outdoor events on the roof throughout the year, ranging including free screenings of Wimbledon.

5. Check out Colombia Road Flower Market
Every Sunday morning Colombia road turns into a multicoloured flower market complete with pleasingly Cockney sounding market-sellers shouting about their offers and trying to entice you to buy. The flowers themselves are very reasonably priced but if you’re just in the mood for browsing them make sure to check out the various trinket and antique shops lining the round.

Published by Alex Outhwaite

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