Wednesday, 6 March 2019

*How to do London on a Budget

London is such an amazing city with so many things to see and do. The only problem is, it’s so expensive. By the time you’ve covered the cost of getting down there and somewhere to stay, you probably won’t have much money left over for spending. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t bother though because there is still plenty of things that you can do without spending loads of money. Just check out these great tips for a cheap trip to London.

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Don’t Take The Train

The train is often the easiest way to get down to London because there are direct routes from most cities. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most expensive ways to get down there. Even if you’ve got a railcard and you can get a discount, the tickets are still going to be very expensive. If you’re trying to do it on a budget, you’d be better off driving instead. It’s not quite as simple as the train and you can’t just sit back and relax but it will save you a lot of money. You don’t have to worry about the schedule either so you’re free to go whenever you like.

Stay Further Out

Accommodation is so expensive in London but if you know where to look, you should be able to find something a bit more reasonable. Anywhere close to the centre of London is going to be very overpriced but if you’re willing to stay a bit further out, you can find somewhere a lot cheaper. You should also look at an Airbnb rather than a hotel because they tend to be a lot cheaper and you got more space.

Book Last Minute Tickets

Catching a show at the theatre is one of the best things to do while you’re down in London but the tickets can be quite expensive, especially if you want good seats. But you can get London theatre tickets for a lot less if you book last minute. There are some great sites where theatres will sell the tickets that they can’t get rid of at a reduced price. You might not get the best seats in the house but that’s a sacrifice you’ve got to make if you want to save some money. It’s worth checking in the weeks leading up to your trip to see whether you can pick up any tickets at a good price.

Free Attractions

A lot of the best attractions in London are free so there’s no need to spend much at all. The British Museum is free apart from a few paid exhibitions and both Tate galleries are free as well. London is also filled with plenty of great parks that are ideal for a summers day out. If you just visit the free attractions and skip the paid ones, your trip to London doesn’t need to be expensive.

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You’re still going to spend a bit of money on food and drink but you can still do London on a budget if you follow these tips.

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  1. You are right about everything. The trains are so expensive. Only one return fair is more expensive than the petrol to get to London and is two of us. London also has a lot of very interesting free attractions and museums. It would be a shame not to visit them as well.

  2. I had no idea there were even free attractions, I definitely need to check that out next time I'm planning a trip xx

  3. Great tips Sarah, I love London. I never fancy driving as I love the train ride so much and totally agree you need to keep your eyes peeled for them train deals. xx

  4. I'm going to London in a few weeks and driving. Train prices are a joke!

    Corinne x