Surviving in London on a Budget

Post written by Kate Robinson.
London is renowned for being pricey. It is one of the most expensive cities in the world after all. So the question is: Is it possible to survive in London on a budget? Here is how…….there are also a number of good excuses for travelling to the city.

1. Travel to London

The good news is that getting to London is easy and usually inexpensive, the reason being it has five airports, one of which (Heathrow Airport) is amongst the most important in the world. Finding cheap flights to London is easy. You should look for American Airlines flights and tickets with some of the other airlines that fly to Heathrow, for example, British Airways, Delta Air Lines and Virgin. Low cost airlines such as easyJet operate to London Gatwick, Luton and Stansted.

2. Accommodation

In London you will pay a fortune for a small matchbox size hotel room in the city centre.

If you are on a budget the best place to stay is a bed and breakfast….this is a very British type of accommodation and will give you an insight into the culture. You should also search online for rooms or apartments to rent. Some families rent out rooms in their homes to help pay the rent or mortgage. In the summer when most students studying in the city go back to their home for the holidays, they let their room to cover the rent. You could get a great bargain and this usually includes kitchen facilities so you don’t have to eat out.

Hostels and cheap hotels are the next best option.

3. Getting around London

London is a huge city and while many of the tourist attractions are located within walking distance of each other, they cover the whole city. If you get tired walking (and I think you will) you should definitely take the tube. This is a tourist attraction itself after all. If you plan to use it a number of times you should purchase a travel card or even the famous Oyster card.

4. Sightseeing

If you plan to stay in the city for longer than a week you should consider buying a London Pass which is usually valid for about 6 days and gives you free entrance to the participating attractions (there are loads). This is without a doubt the cheapest method of sightseeing.

If you are on a really really tight budget there is enough to see from the outside without actually paying the entrance fees to visit some tourist attractions.

Remember that some museums and art galleries are free, as is the changing of the guard and Westminster Abbey.

5. Food

If you are staying at a bed and breakfast you will be served breakfast. Try to eat a lot and then you will only need something small for lunch. This way you can save all your money for eating out. The best place to get a cheap meal in London or anywhere in the UK is in a pub.


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