How to visit London on a shoestring.

If you fancy a trip to our iconic capital and one of the world’s greatest cities, but have been surfing the web and found that London hotel prices have hiked because of the Royal Wedding and Olympic fever, why not join the ‘daycationers’, catch the atmosphere and pack as much as you can into a day trip? What’s more there are endless sites you can visit for free. We’ve searched the web and come up with the following best-known sites where you won’t be charged entry, from a BBC Travel list.

One of London's top attractions, The British Museum, may appear daunting but as you don’t pay an entry fee, you can pop in and simply focus on the infamous Elgin Marbles, the amazing hieroglyphs of the Rosetta Stone, and the ‘home grown’ bronze age Mold Gold Cape. There are 20 and 50 minute eye-opener tours which are also free.

The Science Museum wows kids and adults alike, filling seven floors with interactive exhibits. Anyone interested in trains will love the Energy Hall, which highlights the first steam locomotives of the early 19th Century. The old gliders, hot-air balloons and flight simulators on the third floor are also a great hit with the kids.

Have a cheap but delicious on-the-hoof lunch at Borough Market, which dates back to the 13th Century and is one of the top attractions south of the river, before heading to the mid 19th Century Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. If you reserve ahead (www.parliament.uk) you can watch the banter during Parliament sessions.

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