Although London is one of the most fascinating and captivating cities in the world, it also happens to be one of the most expensive. If you add up the cost of accommodation, activities and entertainment, the potential outlay can be quite frightening.
However, exploring the capital of England doesn’t have to be an extortionate and expensive affair, as there are several ways to save money and cut costs. From discount hotel rates to free entry attractions, here is a guide to visiting London on a budget.
A way to get from the London airports to the city center (or even traveling inner city) is by using a car service like myDriver. Easily book a ride up front 24/7 through the myDriver app or website and enjoy fixed rates. You pay in advance when booking, so you will not have any unexpected costs.
Booking a place to stay will probably be one of your most costly expenses, but you can still find some of the best boutique hotels within London without having to compromise on quality. Shopping around online will undoubtedly find you the best deal and comparison websites are usually the best resource. It might be a good idea to wait until the last minute, as several hotels will offer rooms at a discounted rate.
If you don’t mind travelling to and from the main attractions, accommodation outside the centre of London will be much cheaper too.
Attractions and entertainment
London is home to some spectacular museums and galleries, several of which including the British Museum, Tate, National Gallery, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, V&A and Museum of London are free.
There are also numerous walking tours of the city and sights that do not charge, but tips for the guides are encouraged.
Tickets for the big attractions such as the London Eye and Tower of London are cheaper if you buy in advance, so consider making a purchase before you arrive.
In the evening, the TKTS booth in Leicester Square sells half-price tickets for performances on the same day and if you don’t mind standing up, you can take in a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe for just £5.
Eating and drinking
London plays host to cuisine from all over the world, so every individual’s taste buds will be catered for. But if you can’t afford a top-rated restaurant, there are cultural areas of the city such as Kingsland Road for Vietnamese food, Brick Lane for Indian grub, or Igloo Restaurants London for tasty and affordable alternatives.
More and more food stalls are now popping up on the street too, so be sure to check out Borough Market, Portobello Road Market and the Real Food Market on the South Bank.
The magnificent city of London can be experienced on a budget if you’re smart about it and plan a little in advance.