Are you planning to take a trip to London during the holiday season, but you’re not sure if your money is enough? Don’t worry too much! Even though London is considered as one of the most expensive cities in the country, it does not really mean that you need to empty your bank account just to enjoy a week there.
Of course, you need to spend considerable amount of money for the airfare, but once you landed, you can easily find restaurants or accommodations that are cheap. Read on and discover simple but effective ways to have fun while on a budget-friendly trip to London.
1. Take a walking tour
If it’s your first time to visit the city, you’ll probably notice these double-decker tour buses driving around. Although it’s tempting to just sit inside the bus while listening to the commentary, it’s better to just take the tour by yourself. Usually, these double-decker buses only follow a single, traffic-filled route. Instead of seeing the picturesque infrastructures of London, all you’ll ever get is a sea of cars. Strolling on your own, or joining a guided walking tour, is a better option because it allows you to explore a larger portion of the city.
2. Visit the free attractions
As mentioned earlier, London is one of the most luxurious cities in the world. However, what’s amazing about this city is that the city has a lot of museums that are free to visit. Examples of this include the British Museum, Victoria and Albert, and the Tate Modern Museum. If you wanted to visit their most popular attractions, the tickets cost around $15 which isn’t so bad as well.
3. Where to find cheap accommodation?
A lot of the hostels in London have undergone a major renovation over the past few years. Gone are the days when hostels where perceived as subpar and dirty. These days, a lot of these places are clean and offer modern amenities.
4. Great views
Some of the greatest views in London don’t cost a single penny. Examples of these picturesque sights include the Parliament Hill and the Primrose Hill. You can also visit the Portrait Café (found inside the National Portrait Gallery) if you want to see stunning views of the Trafalgar Square.
5. Oyster Cards
An Oyster Card is a rechargeable travel card that you can use for riding the London Underground, or as the locals call it, the tube. You can get these cards when you arrive at Heathrow. This’ll help you save up on your travel expenses.
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