London is well known for being one of the most expensive cities in the world. It’s easy to spend a lot of money here between the fine dining, luxury London hotels, and high class entertainment, but what if you want to travel to England’s capital and you are on a small budget?
Don’t worry; London is still an accessible destination for budget travelers. Here are some helpful tips which will make your trip a lot cheaper.
Look for London hotels outside of the main tourist zone. They will be much cheaper and the neighborhood around your London hotels will be filled with local pubs, friendly restaurants, cheap takeaway shops and supermarkets where you can stock up on essentials.
- Buy an Oyster Card. This handy little card is to be used on the London Underground system, and is the most cost efficient way of getting around the city. Why take an expensive taxi to your London hotels when you can get across the city in minutes on the Underground?
Take a walking tour instead on an expensive bus tour. Not only are these bus tours not a very good value, but they are often quite boring as well. Walking tours are often much cheaper and give you a better perspective on the city, as well as giving you some exercise at the same time.
Visit free attractions. London has many museums which offer free entry, such as the British Museum, the Tate Modern, the Victoria and Albert Museum and many more.
Search for places to eat outside of the main tourist areas. For example, in the neighborhood of Bayswater just north of Hyde Park, you can find some delicious restaurants frequented by locals with much cheaper and often better quality food.
Spend some time wandering through London’s many beautiful gardens, such as Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St. James’s Park, and Regents Park. They are gorgeous places to relax and take photos and they are absolutely free.
London is a fantastic city, and staying in London hotels doesn’t have to be too expensive when you keep in mind these budget tips.