London is known for being a pricey city to visit but don’t let that deter you from visiting. I spent a couple days in jolly ole London in January and my goal was to spend as little money as possible.
1. It’s always cheaper to travel in the off season, I was there in January so I got a pretty decent deal on a hotel. I wasn’t in the city center but I knew with my budget that was out of the question! I stayed at The Wellington, a neat pub that had several rooms upstairs. It was right next to Waterloo station in the southbank area which is just across the river from city center. I normally book everything through Expedia or hotels.com but they had a special so I booked this one directly from the hotel.
2. Everyone wants that perfect 360 degree view of the city from the Shard but you can get that same view and not pay the £23! The Sky Garden is FREE and offers the exact say view as the Shard. You have to book your day and time a week in advance but it’s tots a freebie! There are two restaurants in the Garden one being a cafe type with coffee and snacks and a sit down restaurant that of course cost money but the garden and the beautiful views don’t cost a pence.
3. Save some money on transportation and make sure you grab an Oyster card, It knocks the normal £4 something tube rides to just £2 something. You can spend a fortune on transportation in London so plan out your days and activities. The city is also very walkable and most times it’s actually quicker to walk then it is to mess with the tube or busses.
4. If you’re a foodie like I am but don’t like to spend a ton on meals than the many markets London has to offer are going to be your best friend. Camden and borough markets are both great spots for some amazing food and pretty cheap. I really enjoyed Camden Market not only for the great Mac and cheese but it’s just had endless allys of shops and goodies, this is also home to the Cereal killer cafe and chin chin labs. Borough market was much smaller but I got some great pastries and local honey that is so yummy!
5. Most museums throughout the city are free! Take advantage of some amazing art and history without emptying your wallet. Tate modern, V and A, the natural history and many more are waiting to be explored. This is a great way to spend an afternoon or get out of the weather.
6. It’s not permitted to take pictures in Westminster Abby whatsoever so in my opinion it’s silly to pay to tour. Instead attend a prayer service, they are free and most nights at 5pm. You get to sit and enjoy the choir and prayer and admire the main chapel. The only disadvantage is that you don’t get to tour the entire building but when on a budget the main chapel makes the cut and it’s breath taking.
7. Another great way to save money but see all the main attractions is to get the London Pass. One price gets you into everything and at a fraction of the cost if you did them each individually. Check it out!
Careful planning and schedules can save you time and tons of money when traveling in London!