My first London moment was one of the best experiences of my life. I had only just landed in the city when I started to fall head over heels in love. The sights, the atmosphere, the big, American city vibe in a European setting; I just couldn’t get enough. But, what I started to realise in my first time in London was the expense. Oh my gosh, it is expensive! Anyone who has been to London will have a story about how much money they spent and how it is majorly overpriced, just like I have.
Plan Your Trip in Advance
London is huge and there is a lot to visit. By winging your journey, you run the risk of additional expenses that I would not recommend. I know they only seem small and insignificant, but over the space of a weekend, they can amount to a lot of money. Plus, you can tell what is too expensive beforehand and cross it off the list. Trust me, that will save you a fortune. I like to use C London City as a guide because it has information on everything you need, from hotels to transport.
Buy An Oyster Card
Oyster Cards are London’s travel pass. You top them up at a machine and use them electronically to ride the Tube and catch buses. What makes an Oyster card cheaper than the alternatives is the spending limit. If you don’t go out of zones one to three, you will only spend seven pounds and can ride the Tube all day. Or, I have just found out you can use contactless bank cards, which is pretty much the same.
Book In Advance
For all those that fancy some of London’s delights, you can book ahead to make them cheaper. For example, if you want to catch a show on the West End, purchase the tickets a couple of weeks before your trip.
Personally, I think London on a budget can be done. What is your London on a budget tip?