London is one of the most expensive destinations in the world to live in so it is no surprise that a visit to this cosmopolitan city will cost you a pretty penny.
However, there are plenty of ways to make your trip more affordable and experience the sights and sounds of the city for less. With this in mind, here are our top tips on how to experience London on a budget.
Save as You Sleep
Choosing the right accommodation for your stay can really help you to squeeze the most out of your experience in the capital. Avoid sky-high hotel prices and rent a small space on the outskirts of the city. OwnersDirect have plenty of affordable apartments to rent and this option allows you to sleep and eat cheap as you have the freedom to prepare your own money-saving meals at home so you don’t have to pay to eat out for every meal.
Taxis can eat a huge hole in your budget but there are cheaper ways to get around. The best option is to invest in an Oyster card as soon as you arrive. This travel card can cut your travel costs by up to 50% and you can take advantage of meal discounts that are exclusive to Oyster Card holders. If you prefer to travel above ground the Boris Bike scheme is an affordable option and your first 30 minutes of travel is free.
Seek Out Free Activities and Attractions
Indulging in some of London’s iconic tourist attractions can bump up the cost of your trip significantly especially with the average West End show ticket costing around £99. This being said, one of the easiest ways to cut costs while in London is to tailor your trip accordingly. Did you know that there are over 101 free things to do in London? Free attractions and activities allow you to experience the city without breaking the bank. If you fancy soaking up some culture, look no further than one of London’s free museums. Enjoy a spot of people watching in Hyde Park or recreate the iconic Beatles cover and use the zebra crossing at Abbey Road.
Swap Fine Dining for Food Markets
London is home to a grand total of 65 Michelin starred restaurants so it won’t come as a surprise that eating out in the city can be expensive. However, thanks to London’s exquisite array of food markets, you won’t go hungry. Borough Market (located next to London Bridge) boasts fantastic gourmet snacks and many of the stalls tempt the crowds with delicious free samples. Brixton market and Brockley market are also worth a visit. Affordable, local produce is perfect if you are renting an apartment in London as you can cut costs by cooking for yourself.
So, there you have it, four tips to seeing the city on a budget.