Enjoy London for less with our tips
Most of us will agree that London is a fantastic city to visit, with so much to offer. London guarantees entertainment, history, culture, night life and great food. Almost 20 million tourists flocked to the city last year and that number is expected to increase yet again for 2018 – and with good reason! However great it is, most of us will also agree that it is also one of the more expensive cities to visit in Europe. If only there was a way to enjoy London for less?… Well we can make this dream a reality with the following 5 tips…
Try Street food instead of restaurants
Street food in London has started to become really popular. The markets provide you with food stalls from all corners of the globe, meaning that there is something to fit everyone’s tastes. A couple of markets to look out for especially are the Camden Market (open 7 days a week) and the Portobello Road Market (open Monday-Saturday). If you want to be really cheeky, then you can probably even get by with eating on the amazing free samples provided by the stalls.
Great value food can also be found in the ethnic areas of the city. Chinatown and Bricklane are well worth visiting for some great Chinese style food or Indian food to look out for. Street food provides you with amazing choice, for great value and it allows you to explore different areas of the city while you eat. This is an amazing way of enjoying London for less.
Now let’s go to the next tip, before we all get too hungry!…
Walk more and buy an oyster card
London may seem like a huge city to get lost in, however the centre is all very walkable and you would be amazed how much is squeezed into such a small place – check out the map if you don’t believe me! Walking around won’t cost you a penny and it is a great way to see the sites on your way to your destination. On a short walk down the Thames, you will be able to see a range of the sites such as Big Ben, The Shakespeare Globe and the Tower of London.
Of course, sometimes the distance to your destination will be far too far walk, so you will need transportation. Taxis are very expensive, and the roads are very busy, so you are best of avoiding these unless it is late at night. The best way for London visitors to save on transport is to get an Oyster card. You can buy one either online or at a tube station and they bring the price of a single Tube fare in Zone 1 down from £4.90 to £2.30. The prices are capped so the most you will pay in one day is £6.80, when using it within zones 1 and 2, where the most of tourists want to stay. If you are using the public transport in London for 4 or more consecutive days, is worth looking out for weekly deals for your Oyster card.
Visit the Free Museums
The Capital’s museums and galleries are one London’s biggest gems. It sounds unbelievable, but they are free to enter… Yes, you did hear me correctly… You can enjoy hours of entertainment for no cost at all. Included in the names are the British Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Tate Britain and Tate Modern. Some of the museums even remain open until late on various days of the week too. It is well worth doing some more research on the museums to see which one is best suited for you.
Find local music performances!
London is a city with a huge music scene, but it doesn’t mean that every gig is going to cost £100 like Ed Sheeran playing at Wembley would. If you are into the live music scene and love watching bands, then there will be always be free gigs to go and see. It doesn’t matter what your taste, there will always be something for everyone. Areas like Camden are especially great for live music. If you prefer classical music to rock bands or singer song writers, then you can see free classical music at lunchtimes in the churches at or St-Martin-in-the-Fields in Trafalgar Square. Alternatively, you can always find street performers around Covent Garden. Keep your ears open, so you can enjoy London for less!
Hire a Local Guide
There is so much to see and do in London. And there is far too much to try and squeeze into a short amount of time when you don’t know the area or the sites well. Accommodation and travel do not come cheap in the city, so it is important to try and fit as much as you can into your trip while you are visiting.
The best way to ensure that you do this is to book a local guide. A guide will be able to plan your day efficiently, help you find the quickest transport routes and take you to the best spots which meet your interests. They also remove all the stresses of having to plan out your day to day, find where to buy the relevant tickets and getting lost with different apps, maps and numerous available information. A local guide helps you to save your precious time among other savings. We would normally recommend five days in London for people who come without a guide to explore on their own, or only three days if they have a guide… I am available to help you to plan your visit, so Get in Touch!