How to Spend a Week in London under $800
London is one of the most expensive cities of the world. That, however, does not imply that you will have to shell out all of your fortune to finance a week long excursion in the city. In fact, all you need is around $800 in your kitty and you can roam around in the city without stressing yourself out. Here is how you can spend 7 days in London with just $800 in your pockets!
The First Part – Accommodation
Accommodation in London can be terrifyingly expensive. Therefore, in order to save up some bucks while you are in London, opt for London bed and breakfast accommodation. These hotels not only come with reasonably good facilities but are quite economical too. In addition to this, you will have breakfast included in your room prices. Here are two of the best hotels in London where you can get reasonable deals:
Willow Guest House
192 Church Road, Hayes, Hillingdon, UB3 2LT, London
A family run guest house in Middlesex, Willow Guest House is one of the best places to retrieve your energies that too quite economically! Offering comforting facilities and free Wi-Fi access, this hotel is an ideal place for you on your economical travel to the city. The charges of the hotel are quite reasonable and you can easily get a single room at this hotel under $450 for a stay of seven days.
Civic Guest House
87-93 Lampton Road, Hounslow, TW3 4DP, London
Just three minutes away from the Hounslow Central Underground Station, this 2-star hotel has 22 rooms offering all the comforting facilities. In addition to this, this hotel also provides free Wi-Fi and other services. The hotel does not have an in-house bar and restaurant, however a full English breakfast would be provided to you (prices included in the room charges). As far as prices are concerned, a single budget room starts from $50.
Total Expense Incurred in Accommodation – $450 approximately
The Second Part – Transportation
Travelling in and around London is astronomically expensive. However, with London pass you can reduce these expenses to a fair extent. London pass is a plastic card with a microchip snuggled in it. This pass works as a voucher, providing you a ‘one-way’ entry to some of the most famous Landmarks of the city.
If you want to save even more, choose London pass with travel. This will not only serve as an electronic ticket to major London landmarks but will relieve you of paying while travelling in the public transportation networks of the city, be it tubes or railways.
The six-day adult London pass with travel will cost around $228.
Free entry available to more than sixty London attractions of your choice. However, there are certain attractions that are not included in the pass, most prominent being London Eye and Madame Tussauds. As you would be staying in London for a week, therefore it would be a huge money-saving option for you. The more attractions you visit the more buck you keep in your pockets. In combination with the travel card, this card will give multiplied value as you will not be charged for getting in and around the capital if you are travelling through tubes or buses. You can avail of the discounts at eateries at certain attractions like Tower Bridge.
Total Expense Incurred in Transportation and Sightseeing – $228 approximately
The Third Part – Food
There are number of restaurants in the city that offer delicious food that too without burning your pockets. Given below are some of the eateries where you will have exquisitely mouth savouring food that too in your budget.
A modest place where you will be served authentic Japanese dishes like sushi and Chicken Teriyaki Don. The bento box at this restaurant is particularly sumptuous and pocket-friendly. Priced at around $18, this box contains teriyaki/stir-fry dish with rice, edamame beans, pickles with a selection of sushi and sashimi served with miso soup.
Banh Mi Bay, Holborn
An affordable cafe specialising in dishing out lip-smacking Vietnamese dishes, Banh Mi Bay at Holborn is a haven for Vietnamese cuisine lovers. Dishes like Pho Noodles Soups and Vietnamese Pancakes are not only delicious but affordable too. However, the speciality of this restaurant is ‘Banh Mi’. They are Vietnamese baguettes stuffed with pickled carrot, shreds of meat, coriander, cucumber, white radish and chill served with variety of sauces. ‘Banh Mi’ is priced at around $8.
Indian Veg, Angel
Here you will find a sumptuous veggie meal that too just around $8. Serving exquisite vegetarian buffet at cheap costs, Indian Veg at Islington should be the “must-go” eatery for you in London, if you are on a tight budget. The menu changes constantly according to the season.
Want to treat your taste buds with the magic of Caribbean food that too quite cheaply? Negril at Brixton is the place for you. Adorned with modest decor and stuffed with Caribbean delicacies like jerk chicken, Caribbean toast, curries and stews, chicken and platters, this restaurant will encourage your taste buds to sing. The range for main meals starts from $10 here.
Savouring the Street food in the City
Devote your day five in London in indulging in the tasty street food of the city. There are plenty of places in London where you can have ‘out-of-the-world’ street food that too at reasonable costs. Broadway Market, Kerb, Berwick Street, Borough Market, Exmouth Market and Real Food Festival are the hot spots for having delicious street food in the city.
Stingray Cafe, Columbia Road
Enter this friendly, cosy restaurant and get ready to devour some delicious modern European cuisine that includes a traditional and huge Italian pizza. The restaurant specialises in dishing pastas, pizzas and its speciality calzone. Additionally, if you happen to visit this restaurant between Mondays to Thursday around noon, they provide a complementary beer with pizzas at $9.50 approximately.
Beigel Bake, Brick lane
Beigel Bake at Brick lane is a proper bakery that serves lip-smacking salt beef and cheesecakes. Well known for its quality food and good service, this small bakery is extremely popular both among tourists and local alike. Visit this restaurant and do not forget to taste its speciality, smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel at just $2.5.
Total Expense Incurred in Food for One Time-Meal – $50 approximately, ($100 including Dinner)
Hence, Total Expense for the Trip – $450 + $228 + $100 = $778
As you can see from the calculations above, you can pull of a week long vacation in London that too under $800. You can have other areas where you can save money like visiting free attractions in the city and other such avenues. Plan your budget trip to London using the information given above and have the best week of your life in the city that too under $800!
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