6 Ways to Keep your London Trip Cheap
Want to visit London but budgets not allowing? Then, you need not worry as you can visit London without shelling out all of your fortune! All you need is some planning and a little calculation from your part. Given below are ways through which you can keep your London trip under your budget:
Choosing the Budget Accommodation
This assumes an utmost importance as accommodation expenses account for a major portion of your trip-budget to London. It would be a good idea if you choose budget accommodations for your stay in London hotels.
However, if you want to indulge yourself into the realm of luxury while you are in London and that too under budget, that is possible too. Just look for deals offered by hotel websites and make the full use of it. For example, a website called londonhotels4u.com (that offers a wide range of hotels in London) has this attractive offer called secret hotels in London. In this offer you get a stay at some of the most luxurious hotels that too at amazingly low prices. Therefore, keep your eyes open for such deals.
Using the Oyster Card and London Pass to Fullest
With these cards you can reduce your transportation expenses to the minimum. Oyster cards are practically smart cards that are used as a substitute for paper tickets. They are valid across all travel zones in the city. If you would be staying in the city for more than 2 days, it is better to invest a little fortune in this card.
However, if your stay in London is expected to go beyond four days or more, then purchasing a London Pass would be a wise option. It would be even better if you purchase London Pass with travel option. This will allow you free journey across the public transportation of the city in addition to one-time free access to 60-plus London attractions.
To know more about visitor Oyster card and London Pass, visit tfl.gov.uk.
Opting for ‘Free’ Walking Tours
Instead of spending your money on the bus tour, choose ‘walking’ tours run by knowledgeable locals. Most of the time these local guides work for tips, even one or two pounds is appreciated by them. Hence, it will not be a bad thing to put a little money on this tour.
In addition to this, there are dedicated walking tours operated by tour companies. These walking tours are modestly charged and cover most of the historic neighbourhoods of the city. In this way, you can save substantial amount of money while you are sightseeing in the city.
Venturing into ‘Free’ London Attractions
If you are a budget traveller to the city, then you will love London like nothing else. There is a substantial number of attractions in the city where no admission fee is charged. There are a number of museums in the city that are free of charge and that are quite interesting too. Along with museum, National Gallery, Horniman museum and Gallery, National Portrait Gallery other such major London attractions are free-of-charge.
Planning your Meal to Perfection
While you are hunting down eateries in the city to appease your taste buds, keep in mind the geography of the place where you would be having a meal. If you are munching something near Harrods or having a meal at Knightsbridge or Leicester Square in London, then expect your pocket to burn like a cracker as these places are ridiculously expensive.
The money-saving strategy when it comes to meals would be to plunge into non-tourist areas in the city. Places like Edgware Road and Brick Lane in London are not only economical places to eat but the eateries at these places serve delicious food as well. Else, you can throng into numerous budget restaurants in the city to have a pocket-friendly cheap meal.
Entertaining yourself for Free at Southbank
Want to attend some live music gigs or dance performances in the city for free? Then, head towards Southbank and explore the rich cultural diversity of the place. Southbank is always brimming with activities and most of these events are free or modestly charged. Apart from it, this place also has a number of tourist attractions like Tate Modern, London Eye, Garden Museum and other such delightful places.
Visiting London is ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ opportunity for many. Use the tips given above and embark on your trip to London without having to worry about the budget.
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