South West London on a budget

London is generally considered to be an expensive place to visit, and south west London is no exception.

With prominent retail areas such as Knightsbridge, Chelsea, and Battersea, it’s to be expected that some budget-savvy travellers would rather avoid the area altogether.

That’s a shame, because south west London has much more to offer if you know where to look.

Thankfully, there’s no need to spend a huge amount when trying to enjoy a day or night out in London.

We’ll show you how to explore south west London while keeping things budget friendly.

Low Entry Casinos

Fancy trying your luck while having a spot of fun?

Low-entry casinos are your best bet. Aside from your usual choices of Admiral Casino or Merkur Slots, you can go to The Palm Beach Casino in Berkeley Street or The Sportsman Casino in Marble Arch.

Keep in mind that those two casinos are technically in west London, which could be a bit further depending on where in South West London you’re staying.

If you must stay within the SW postcode, The Grosvenor Casino in Gloucester Road is a good shout.

They offer live table games with £2 bet minimums, along with their selection of electronic machines and slots.

If you can’t make it to one of the venues mentioned above, you can still enjoy a low cost casino experience as there are lots of online casinos that accept £1 deposits available for UK players.

You can even play these when commuting from point A to point B while exploring the area – that way, the fun never stops.

Cheap Nights Out

If you’d rather enjoy the evening socialising and sipping a few drinks.

There is no shortage of places to go for a decent priced drink, whether you find yourself in Putney High Street or over in Clapham, an inexpensive drink in a friendly atmosphere is never too far away.

The Tequila Mockingbird in Putney offers excellent happy hour deals for drinks, every day from opening until 8pm.

Expect to pay £3.50 for bottles of beer and £5 for a pint or take advantage of an excellent 2-for-1 deal on their top 10 cocktails.

Fancy some wine instead?

That’ll run you £15 for their house wine or £20 for prosecco.

If you want an experience that combines drinks and entertainment, Clapham’s The Grand should be your destination.

They always have an event going, whether it’s a variety show, a karaoke party, or a comedy show.

The drinks aren’t too dear, either; spirits, beers and cider cost roughly £6-£7.

They also serve food if you are feeling peckish.

Staying around Clapham, if you are feeling like royalty then you should head down to the Prince of Wales pub.

Famous for having pints pulled by the now King of England, this quirky and friendly pub offers pint bottles of Budvar for just £4.20.

They also have a wide selection of locally brewed beers on offer.

Free museums

Combining education with a day out is always an excellent idea and South Kensington offers a few lost cost options for the curious minded.

The Science Museum boasts several floors of various exhibits and best of all, it’s free to get in.

All you need to do is pre-book your visiting hours, so your entry is guaranteed.

They’re open daily from 10am until 6pm, although some exhibitions and galleries may close earlier.

When you’re done at the Kingston Museum, why not visit the Kingston History Centre to learn more about the town?

With free admission, it’s a great way to learn more about the area you’re seeing.

Restaurants with a cheap set menu

No day or night out is complete without a nice meal, and what better way to do it than by enjoying an inexpensive set menu from a London restaurant?

It’s the best way to explore the culinary wonders of London without shelling out hundreds for a meal.

Being in South West London, you’re spoilt for choice.

You can enjoy a lovely set lunch at 28-50 Chelsea for £19.95 for two courses or £22.95 for three.

The best part of this meal is that 28-50 will serve you a complimentary glass of red or white wine, depending on your main course.

This offer is available daily until 5:30pm.

The Café Murano on St. James’ Street also offers a set menu at a reasonable price.

Indulge in some excellent Italian dishes from a two-course meal for £25 or go for three courses for £30.

Some items on their set menu include white onion risotto and red wine poached pears, and the setting is something that has to be experienced in person.

Their set menu is available from Monday to Saturday, from midday to 3pm, and from 5pm to 7pm.


London undoubtedly conjures up images of high prices, but budget-conscious travellers need not avoid South West London.

With insider knowledge, you can experience the area’s vibrancy and attractions without breaking the bank.

By mixing and matching these wallet-friendly options, you can enjoy all that South West London has to offer.

Follow our guide to stretch your travel funds further, experience star attractions, and indulge in food and entertainment.

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