‘London on a budget’ may not be a sentence you would see often. I assure you, you can cut down costs drastically by using these simple tips when visiting one of my favourite cities! A destination is only as expensive as you allow it to be!
Getting a visitor oyster card will save you 1/3rd off the price of tickets and is well worth getting. When I lived in London I had a 16-25 railcard, which you could probably apply for if you are going to be there for a while. You obviously have to be in the age range of 16-25 though! You have to put down a British address and have a photo of yourself handy. This only costs £30 and will cut costs down significantly if you are going to be travelling in and out of London. I used to live 30 minutes out of London so I couldn’t use an oyster card but saved hundreds of pounds by having a railcard.
Stay as central as you can so you can walk everywhere instead of taking the tube. Most of the time you take the tube because you think it’s faster but realistically it’s not. By the time you get down to the tube, especially in rush hour, you may as well have walked. Plus you get to see a lot more and get up to your 10,000 steps! Tubes are usually smelly anyhow.
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Renting a Santander bike (previously Barclays) is another great way to save some cash, get some exercise and see this beautiful city. Renting a Santander bike costs £2 for 24 hours. The first 30 minutes of your journey is free and when you are not using it, you can dock it and pick another one up when you’re ready without paying another £2. There are heaps of docking stations around so you don’t have to worry about having trouble finding one.
Get your food from the markets! There are a large amount of really cool markets in London. You can find any type of cuisine in any type of price range. If you are in London on a Sunday I highly recommend the Upmarket on Hanbury street in East London. Check out the Motherclucker food truck, it’s to die for! Portobello road market on a Saturday is also a winner when it comes to yummy food! The photo above shows all the markets that are around in London so put them on your to-do list.
Get a London pass. I spent ALOT of money when I first arrived in London on attractions. You pay for the length of the pass and you can get entry to all the attractions instead of paying for them all separately. You can choose how long you want the pass for so best to check out this link to find out how much your London pass will cost.
Do a free walking tour. The hostels I stayed in offered a free walking tour around London. Don’t pay for those stupid red buses! Do a free walking tour and get information from real people. Plus you can meet heaps of interesting people on these tours and it is loads of fun! Ask if your hostel has one available or if they know where you can find one!
London museums are free! You only have to pay for parts of it if you want access. So, if you are a museum lover you have to check them out. It can be a great thing to do on a rainy miserable day in London.
By food from cheap supermarkets such as Aldi and Tesco, and take a picnic to one of London’s parks. There is nothing better than chilling out on a sunny day with a tonne of food in your belly. You could even go to one of the markets in London, grab a whole lot of delicious fresh food made locally and then make your way down to the nearest park!
One of the things I love about London is the history. You don’t have to pay to simply walk around this beautiful city and admire the architecture. Watch one of my favourite Jimmy0010 videos above, about some of East London’s history. You will be surprised how many people walk past these icons without realizing what it actually was back in the day!
So there you go, a quick guide on how you can stay in London while being on a budget! It is possible. Check out Hostelworld for accommodation and of course Tripadvisor for more great things to do in London.