If you are planning a trip to the capital of England, then you’re not alone. Thousands of people travel to the city every year to see the sights and explore the region. There are a lot of things to do and see, so it makes an obvious destination for at least once in your life. The UK can be quite expensive to stay and eat, especially when you compare it to euros or dollars. So if you know a few ways to save money when you are there, then it will make a difference. Here is how you can cut costs on a trip to London, but still have an amazing trip.
Avoid Staying in Central London
If you choose a hotel in central London, then you will pay a premium for it. The reason being is that it is right by everything and you’ll be walking distance from some of the main sights. The difference in cost can be quite significant, though. So think about staying slightly further out of London. You can still get great four star hotels in Shepherds Bush in West London, for example. You could go a little further south as well as east London, and it will save you quite a lot. Public transport is good and pretty inexpensive in London. So getting the tube or a bus for a few minutes will still be cheaper than more central locations.
If you are just visiting, then it is worth getting a visitor oyster card. It can b over 50% cheaper than buying a railcard each day, as there is a daily maximum. So you’ll never pay over a certain amount. Then you can use the tube or buses as much as you’d like each day. Just look online for a visitor oyster card and apply for one in advance. You could always walk between some locations, as a lot of things are actually closer together than you’d think. So getting a map or using wifi on your phone could help to save you money too.
There are plenty of attractions that won’t cost you anything to see, and you’ll still get a feel of London and all it’s culture and history. The changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is free and happens each week. You could visit the free museums like the National History Museum on Exhibition Road. The British Museum is also free, as well as the National Gallery and the Tate Modern. You could also just visit areas like Covent Garden where there are cute shops and stalls, as well as street entertainment. Then you can spend as much or as little as you’d like.
Indulge in Happy Hour
Drinking and eating out can be expensive in London, depending on where you choose. So make sure that you take advantage of the many happy hours that various places will have. Then you can enjoy two drinks for the price of one and even two meals for the price of one, in some instances. Look out for signs when you’re out and about, look online or as at your accommodation.