When people think about trips to London, they usually associate it with the need to have lots of money to pay for hotel rooms and tube tickets and so on. However, it is actually possible to visit London and not need to take out a second mortgage on your home! We have gathered together some top tips on how to enjoy London on a budget.
There are a large number of tourist attractions in London which are completely free to visit. These include the Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, all of the large parks such as Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and the Royal Air Force Museum. Additionally you can see the outside of some of the major landmarks for free too such as Big Ben, Tower Bridge and many more. If there are particular attractions you want to visit and you know they cost, look out for money off deals and vouchers available from a number of large websites and buy in advance.
If you plan your trip carefully, you should be able to book a hotel in a suitable area without breaking the bank. There are a number of websites which offer London hotels, such as a hotel near Paddington, at discount prices; it is just a case of researching beforehand. It is well worth comparing the difference in price if you choose a hotel which is slightly further away from the city with the added cost of a tube ticket in.
If you plan to be in the city for a number of days, consider buying a prepaid Oyster card this will allow you to travel on the underground. Doing this will offer you considerable savings when you compare it with the cost of buying a ticket every day you are visiting. If money is really tight, you could also consider simply walking. Many tourist attractions are well signposted and if you get stuck there are usually plenty of locals around willing to point you in the right direction.