It’s pretty much no secret that London is one of the most expensive cities on the planet. But you can still have fun even if you’re on a budget. Here are some top tips on saving money while traveling in London.
Pretty much every souvenir store in central London has all the
same overpriced tatty crap. Save your souvenir shopping for the airport where you can buy all that neat stuff tax free and save a few quid.
2. Grocery Shopping/Snacking
Going to a grocery store and stocking up on snacks will save you a lot of money on meals, especially if you plan picnics. It’s a great way to save money on food, which will be your biggest cost while in London (after lodging).
3. Getting Cash
The cheapest way to get money exchanged is to just use your ATM card to take money directly out of the ATM. Currency exchanges are usually a rip- off and the banks get the best inter-market exchange rates. Also, most ATM’s in London are free, so you’ll probably only be charged a fee by your bank.
4. Calling Home Inexpensively
A red phone box is an affordable place. However, never call from your hotel. You’ll be raked through the coals even more. You can also purchase an inexpensive prepaid cell phone, or just buy a sim card for a compatible US phone and you can place calls home cheaply. If you take a laptop, you can always call home for free using a service like Skype.
5. Some Cheap London Hotels
The cheapest and cleanest hotels in London are the EasyHotels located in : South Kensington, Paddington, Victoria, Heathrow, Earl’s Court and Luton.
6. Best Places to hear free music
- St Martin in the Field’s at Lunchtime every day.
- Covent Garden Market on the lower levels.
- Buskers on the South Bank of the River.
- Southbank Centre – free music often.
- St. James Church in Picadilly, free music recitals at 1:10pm on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays.
7. Where to Get Cheap London Theatre Tickets
Half Price Ticket Booth – Located in Leicester Square, this is the place to check for cheap theatre ticket deals before you check anywhere else as they are ‘official.’