Tips for Exploring London on a Budget

Going by the number of places to see and things to do as it is full of culture, history and class, London is easily one of the best cities in the world, attracting an incredibly large number of tourists and other visitors, much more than any other city in the world. This mega metropolis is also considered to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, due to which most people in other countries of the world hesitate to come to the city. However, if you plan your trip well and take all the right precautions, you will be able to enjoy your trip without burning a hole in your pocket. Given below are a few tips for exploring London on a budget.

Avail of Free Entries and Free Activities:

London is steeped in culture with a plethora of museums, art galleries and theatres. Whereas some of these cultural centres have a high entry fee, there are many more that offer free entry and as such, it is best to visit only these free attractions. Moreover, there are a lot of free activities available. The free museums include some of the best in the world such as the Victoria & Albert Museum offering excellent art and design; the British Museum exhibiting items from ancient civilisations and the Natural History Museum offering amazing artefacts such as the skeleton of a diplodocus in its Main Hall. The other free museums and art galleries include Museum of London, National Maritime Museum, Science Museum, National Gallery, Tate Modern, Imperial War Museum, National Army Museum, V&A Museum of Childhood and many more. Apart from these, you can also find many cinemas where matinee shows are cheaper than at other times. If you are interested in seeing a cheap theatre show, you can get cheap tickets if you go to the venue on the day of the show or if you opt for a standing ticket or if you buy your tickets in advance for a discount or visit the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. For other types of entertainment at a low cost, you can see small shows featuring live music, cabaret scenes and comedy shows of smaller productions. You can also see an exotic cabaret show at a bijoux venue.

The ceremony of the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace is another free source of entertainment at 11.30am every day in summer and every other day in the winter. Another free show is the Ceremony of the Keys which is the traditional locking up of the Tower of London but it is necessary to book in advance as it is highly popular, having taken place every night at 9:30pm for at least 700 years.

If you wish to enjoy a comfortable accommodation in the heart of the city at an affordable rate, the best option is to stay at Shaftesbury Premier London Paddington Hotel, where you will get luxurious rooms with the best of facilities and amenities with personalised services at affordable cost.

Moving Around in London:

For visiting the various attractions or for your business purposes, it is necessary to move around the city by one or more modes of transport such as the Tube, bus, Overhead rail or by taxi. Public transport is by no means cheap in London but you can economise by buying an Oyster Card that will reduce the normal single tube fare by roughly half. Moreover, the card can be topped up whenever it has a low balance. Besides giving you the convenience of not having to stand in a queue for buying a paper ticket each time you need to go from one place to another, it also offers a price capping that implies free journeys for the rest of day after a few journeys. The card can also be used on certain bus routes and the Emirate Air Line as well as the Overground rail and the DLR rail services. It is best to apply for a Visitor Oyster card before leaving for London as it will also provide discounts and special offers on a range of food and drinks at various places and you will be able to use it as soon as you reach London.

London Pass:

You can also avail of a London Pass according to the number of days that you are planning to stay in the city. This Pass will get you free entry to more than 60 top London attractions including Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, London Bridge and others. Even the Thames River Cruise will be free and you will get discounts at some famous restaurants in the city.

 

Walk a Lot:

A most cost-effective way of seeing the various attractions of the city is to take a walking tour and you will get to know a lot about the places that you are visiting from the guide accompanying the tour.

If you wish to stay in the heart of the city, close to most attractions and also to Paddington station, it would be best to choose any of the Hotels Near Paddington because all categories of hotels are available and you get the advantage of being able to stay in a hotel that meets your needs and budget.

Have Cheap Food:

London has many famous restaurants that offer the most delectable food although they are very expensive. However, the city also offers many popular cheap options such as street food that is available at most places. You can also get inexpensive food offerings at various markets such as Chatsworth Road Market, Camden Lock Market, Kerb at King’s Cross and the popular Sunday Up-Market and at various other markets.

Cheap Shopping:

London is a shopper’s paradise with both high-end shops offering expensive goods as well as shops offering cheap and bargain options. You can visit places such as Primark for bargain offerings and places like Harrods for expensive goods. You can also search for cheap retro originals at London’s vintage emporiums. At the various markets in London, you can often haggle for attractive bargains.

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