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10 things to do under £10 in west London this summer

On a budget? Take a look at our guide to cheap and cheerful things to do on your doorstep

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Payday may feel like a relief, or perhaps your packet gets swallowed by bills... but that doesn't mean the fun has to be put on hold.

There are plenty of great things to do on your doorstep that do not cost the earth.

From a hidden Japanese garden to a M&S meal deal, we've put together a list of some cheap and cheerful suggestions of fun things to do - and they all cost less than £10.

1. M&S meal deal

Bring a touch of class to your sofa on a Friday night with the classic Marks and Spencer £10 meal deal. Choose a main, side dish and dessert to share with your loved one, plus enjoy a bottle of wine - thrown in for free.

2. Picnic at Holland Park

Enjoy a picnic in Holland Park

Considered by many as the most romantic park in London, many would be surprised to know a number of peacocks can be seen roaming free throughout Holland Park.

Walk around and try to find some of these feathered colourful creatures while enjoying a picnic in the famous Kyoto Gardens, a beautiful Japanese-inspired spot in this Kensington hidden gem.

3. Walk among dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

The Museum's dinosaurs are world famous. Meet the roaring T Rex, see the skull of a Triceratops and wander among fossils in the dinosaurs gallery.

Explore the different time periods dinosaurs lived, sort the facts from the myths about why they died out, and find out what our scientific research has taught us about these prehistoric giants.

4. Enjoy a Bubble Pop Waffle

It's the latest dessert craze everyone’s talking about and it's available at Creams in Hammersmith, Ealing, Kingston, Uxbridge and Wembley. Think sundae in a big bubbly waffle - with ice cream and they cost £6.45 each.

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5. Head to the beach

Ruislip Lido is a huge 60-acre lake and artificial beach, with facilities for swimming and boating. Head down on a warm summer's evening and relax in the idyllic setting.

6. Hire a Boris Bike

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You can explore London by hiring a bike. From as little as £2, you can see the sights of the capital. Simply go to any docking station with your bank card and touch the screen to get started.

7. Go on a Harry Potter Tour

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Delve into the world of Harry Potter in a free tour around London.

Strawberry Tours have launched the Potter themed tour around the capital, giving fans a sneak peek into some of the most iconic buildings, streets and neighbourhoods which inspired J.K Rowling, and appeared in the Harry Potter films.

8. Go to a ceramic café

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Visit a brilliant ceramic café like Ceramics Café in West Ealing and make a masterpiece out of clay. Spend the day painting with a cup of tea, then enjoy your treasure for years to come.

Sessions start from £2.

Ceramics Café, 6 Argyle Road, West Ealing, W13 8AB - 020 8810 4422

9. Head to the cinema

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With so many incredible films on offer at the moment, what better to do on a rainy day than to catch a movie? Adult tickets range from £8.79 to £9.99 each.

Below are the listings for every Vue cinema in west London...

Acton: Vue Acton, Royale Leisure Park, Western Avenue, Park Royal South, Acton, W3 0PA - 08712 240 240

Fulham: Vue Fulham Broadway, Fulham Broadway Retail Centre, Fulham Road, Fulham, SW6 1BW - 08712 240 240

Harrow: Vue Harrow, St George's Shopping and Leisure Centre, St Anne's Road, Harrow, HA1 1HS - 08712 240 240

Shepherd's Bush: Vue Shepherds Bush, West 12 Shopping and Leisure Centre, Shepherds Bush Green, Shepherd's Bush, W12 8PP - 08712 240 240

Westfield: Vue Westfield London, Westfield Shopping Town, White City, W12 7GF - 08712 240 240

10. Eat at the largest Asian foodhall

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The largest Asian foodhall opened earlier this month on the border of Brent and Barnet.

The food hall celebrates Asia’s vibrant culture with an eclectic mix of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Vietnamese, Taiwanese and Malaysian cuisine.

From katsu curry to fluffy dumplings, Bang Bang Oriental Food Hall has more than 20 stalls of delicious cuisine to chose from.

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