Most people who consider visiting London are put off by the amount of money they think it’s going to cost. Sure, things like food and drink are more expensive in the capital, but with enough planning and the right advice there really is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to travel here for the same prices you’d expect to encounter in any other major metropolis. Like anything else in this world, it all comes down to how savvy you are and how much effort you’re willing to put into finding budget accommodation. It’s most definitely out there.
Last weekend I traveled to London on business, so I know what I’m talking about. Although you might expect to pay around £150 per night for the average hotel, I stayed for 2 nights for a little less than that, and my travel costs via train from Birmingham were astonishingly low. So, I bet you’d like to know how I did it, right? Well then, I’ll spend the next few minutes discussing exactly what you need to do to grab a bargain. A short break in this city should cost no more than a couple of hundred pounds each, and as all the museums are free to enter, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to occupy yourselves without breaking the bank.
Keeping Travel Costs Down
Although some people prefer to drive to London from other places in the UK, it’s usually much cheaper to take the train. Just make sure you book your tickets at least 3 days in advance. As I said, I traveled down from Birmingham last weekend, and my return trains came to a total of £26 – astonishingly cheap eh? I actually saved over £70 on the price I would have paid, had it not been for booking in advance.
Anyone traveling from abroad should wait to see what deals their chosen airlines are offering at the last minute. This will usually help you to save around 50% of the original asking price – definitely not insignificant.
Finding Cheap Accommodation
Nobody wants to stay in a substandard hotel, but London is littered with bed and breakfast type places that often have rooms available for considerably less than you might imagine. I stayed in a rather upmarket area called Bloomsbury where hotel prices are very reasonable. It’s around a 10 minute taxi ride away from the main tourist attractions, but with underground train links nearby, you can get down to the river for about £4. Anyone considering booking a spa hotel in London should definitely check out some of the places listed by Venere hotels, as they always have the best deals on this kind of accommodation.
Visiting Free Attractions
There are so many free attractions in London that it would be impossible to list them all. Still here are some of the most popular:
- The British Museum
- The Science Museum
- The Museum of Natural History
- Buckingham Palace
- St James Park
- The British Library
- Churchill’s War Rooms
- The Imperial War Museum
So there you go my friends, that list should be enough to get you started. The British Museum alone is absolutely huge with over 3 million items on display at any one time. I spent around 4 hours in there and still didn’t get to see everything, so it’s definitely worth checking it out.
Have an amazing time!