How To See London On A Budget

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To get the most out of London you’ll want to do a bit of travelling – there’s something to see in every corner of the city! Getting around by car is near on impossible though (unless you enjoy spending hours sat in traffic). The bus or tube it is.

When you consider that a journey on the tube costs £4.30 at minimum, travel costs can soon add up. If you’re planning to go on the bus or tube at least three times during your stay (and who isn’t?), buy an Oyster card from the ticket office instead, it costs £3 but then you’ll get tube and bus journeys at a massive discount!

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How To See London On A Budget

  1. 1. How to See London on a Budget - 5 Top Tips Posted by Gavin Harvey - Guest Blogger on 05th, September 2012 Image Source Ah London, that great British capital – one of the most famous and most economically important capitals in the world! As anyone who’s taken a trip to the city will know, it’s a fantastic place that’s well worth a visit. From the thriving hubbub of tourists and shoppers on Oxford Street to the famous (or should I say, infamous) West End, full of arty, theatre-going types, down to the quieter, relaxed Hyde Park - there is something for everyone to love about London! There’s so much to see and do that you could never be bored, even my friends who’ve lived there for years are discovering cool new places on a weekly basis. The only problem...of course... is money: London is not a cheap place to visit. As a tourist on a shoestring what do you do? Just stay for a day or two? Give the city a miss altogether? Luckily, you don’t have to do either of those things. With a little insider know-how, everyone can afford to take a nice long break to London! Here’s how... 1. Find a Budget Hotel First and foremost you need to find a place to stay, but the average London hotel costs a hefty £119 a night - stay for a week and well, you do the math! But there are cheaper options, especially if you don’t mind staying a little out of the city centre. The Travelodge will cost you as low as £19 per night even in London, and if you’re worried about ‘getting what you pay for’ you also have the security of knowing that this is a world-famous brand with decent decor and cleaning standards! The luxury Hoxton hotel has a quarterly £1 room sale too –you should sign up for their newsletter to be the first to hear when they go on sale! London On A Budget | Where Too Stay In London On A Budget
  2. 2. Guide To London 2. Get an Oyster Card To get the most out of London you’ll want to do a bit of travelling – there’s something to see in every corner of the city! Getting around by car is near on impossible though (unless you enjoy spending hours sat in traffic). The bus or tube it is. When you consider that a journey on the tube costs £4.30 at minimum, travel costs can soon add up. If you’re planning to go on the bus or tube at least three times during your stay (and who isn’t?), buy an Oyster card from the ticket office instead, it costs £3 but then you’ll get tube and bus journeys at a massive discount! 3. Sign Up to Voucher Sites There are loads of voucher sites out there such as Groupon and Living Social that offer daily deals on everything from meals out to spa days and theme park tickets. You’ll need to make a reservation for most deals once you’ve bought the voucher, so sign up well in advance of your holiday and keep an eye out for activities you’d like to try or places you’d like to see! London On A Budget | Places To Stay In London
  3. 3. London Travel Tips 4. Find Free Attractions Not everything in London costs money! There are plenty of places that you can visit for absolutely nothing. If you fancy taking in a bit of culture, check out this list of free museums in London, it includes the world-famous Victoria & Albert Art & Design Museum, the intriguing Natural History Museum, and the enormous Museum of London with over one million items on display! 5. Rent a Driveway I’ve already mentioned that you don’t want to be driving around in London, but if you’re visiting from elsewhere in the UK perhaps you’re planning on getting to the city by car and will need a place to park. It can be difficult to find hotels in London with parking, but it’s certainly possible, and public car-parks are not a low- cost option in central London! Why not rent out someone’s driveway instead? Websites such as ‘Park At My House’ puts you in touch with native Londoners who have a parking space, driveway or garage they’re not using, and will rent it out to you at a considerably-cheaper-than-public-car-parks price! These are my suggestions but do you have any other tips for budget tourism in London? Please tell me below! Gavin Harvey is a globe-trotting blogger on a budget! He will always book hotels well in advance to get the best rates, and he recommends doing your research well to find the best value or free attractions before jetting off! He blogs for Hotelopia.

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