London truly is one of the most expensive cities in the world (one way on the tube costs about 6 American dollars!) but it really is a special place.  Chock full of high end stores on Oxford Street and Piccadilly Circus, luxury restaurants, and the Strand’s entertaining theaters you really can spend a pound or two in the Capital.  However, there are many free or inexpensive treats to be had.  We were able to attend a decadent high tea (complete with scones, sandwiches with the crusts cut off, and petite fours) and visit the ancient Tower of London with two-for-one coupons because we took the train in.  Free museums included the Victoria and Albert with its eclectic collection of prehistoric Eastern art up to post-modern fashion designs and the British Museum with the Rosetta Stone and European paintings.  Of course, no trip to London is complete without visiting Big Ben (actually the name of the bell, not the tower) and Westminster Abbey, an ornate royal spot filled with the memorials to past monarchs and the location of all coronations, if you cannot make it to the palaces.  The weather may not always be agreeable, but you can just pop in a shop for some new wellies and plan to visit the parks another day.  Life in London is never dull, the lights glow as you return from the pub and if you are on the Thames you may even see the London Eye lit up!