London is many things to many people, but if there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that the Big Smoke is expensive. Pretty much across the board, in terms of leisure activities, food, housing and transport, the UK capital comes out on top as one of the most expensive in Europe, beaten only by a handful of cities in Switzerland and Scandinavia. However, you can still live the good life in London, as long as you have a keen eye for which bonuses and offers you can take advantage of. Here’s how.
While London may be famous for its renowned Michelin-starred restaurants and dining clubs that will require a mortgage to eat at, there are plenty of ways to enjoy this hugely diverse foodie paradise on a small budget. If you want to bag a hot table at some of the trendiest eateries in town, the right online bonuses can make sure you don’t break the bank. Reservation sites such as Open Table run a system where you can grab bonus points that reduce the bill of your meal, as long as you pre-book at selected restaurants and agree to be seated during a less busy time.
This way, you can enjoy some of the capital’s finest culinary hits for a fraction of the price. Similarly, treat yourself in the most literal way by gifting yourself a Groupon voucher for a restaurant of your choice. While Groupons are traditionally meant to be gifted to loved ones, you can purchase an online voucher for yourself which will allow you to enjoy dinner for two and a drink (usually a glass of house red) for considerably less than what you’d pay as a walk-in customer.
If you want to have a good time in London without risking a distressed phone call from your accountant the following morning, your best bet is to keep an eye out for offers and bonuses online. From exclusive nightclubs to ritzy casinos, digital is always the way to go.
For example, rather than paying hefty entry fees and drinks prices at one of Mayfair’s finest casinos, you can simply turn to the internet to find all the excitement of the roulette wheel, the blackjack table and the slot machines with none of the jaw-dropping price tags attached. Taking advantage of the right casino bonus will save you a pretty penny, with the added benefit being that you can play casino games on the Tube journey to work, or from the comfort of your living room. In the same way that throwing a house party is cheaper than going to a nightclub, bringing the good times to your flat will save you money every time. You can similarly take advantage of bonus offers and discounts from sites like Time Out and Groupon to get heavily-discounted entry to some of the best nightlife spots in the city. Why pay more when you can pay less?
If you have any hot tips on how newcomers can save some serious sterling in London, let us all know in the comments below.