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Visiting London on a budget

Visiting London on a budget

I lived in London for over ten years, and still go back a lot. But one thing I’ve noticed since I moved away is how expensive it can be. Attraction tickets, meals out, a few drinks – they all start to add up. London is an amazing city though with so much to see and do – from museums to markets, parks to pubs – so don’t let the cost put you off visiting. In my years in London I picked up lots of tips about what to see and do without breaking the bank, and more importantly what not to do. Here are some of my top tips for making the most of London on a budget.

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London Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge from the riverside walk along Southbank

Things to do in London on a budget

One of the cheapest and best things you can do in London is just wander around and see the sights (weather permitting). London’s a huge city, but its centre is pretty walkable and you can see a lot within a fairly small area. One of my favourite walks is along the Thames, following Southbank from the Houses of Parliament, passing London icons like the London Eye, Tate Modern, Shakespeare’s Globe, HMS Belfast and ending up at Tower Bridge.

There are also plenty of parks to explore. You can row in the Serpentine lake in Hyde Park, visit the rose garden in Regent’s Park, spot the royal palaces at St James’ Park, take a dip in the pools on Hampstead Heath or hang out with the deer in Richmond Park. There are plenty of smaller green spaces tucked around the city too that make a good lunchtime picnic stop.

The London Eye – London on a budget

The London Eye

If you want to learn more about London’s history while you walk, several companies do free guided city walks. Sandeman’s New Europe runs a 3-hour tour at 10am. 11am, 1pm and 4pm each day from Covent Garden through Westminster to the Houses of Parliament. Tours are free but just tip your guide. Or Free Tours by Foot and Free London Walking Tours do a whole range of themed tours, covering everything from Jack The Ripper to ghosts and street art.

When you’re visiting big attractions, you can often save by booking online, even the day before – London Eye tickets are £24.30 as opposed to £27 on the day, or the Tower of London is £22.70 instead of £26.80. If you’re visiting a lot of places, it’s worth investing in a London Pass. They cover over 80 attractions with skip-the-queue access and a free bus tour. There are versions for 1–10 days, with or without travel, costing from £69 to £230 (£49–£194 for children).

If you’re travelling to London by train, even if it’s just from the suburbs (it has to be on a mainline train though, not the Underground), you can get 2 for 1 entry to London attractions like the London Eye, Tower of London and London Dungeon, plus discounts on restaurants and tours. You need to print out a voucher from the website and bring it with your train ticket.

British Museum in London

Visitors at the British Museum

Money-saving museums and galleries

London museums and galleries are one of the capital’s best bargains. The permanent collections at many are free to enter – including famous names like the British Museum, Tate, National Gallery, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, V&A and Museum of London (see a full list). It’s also a good opportunity to try out some of the lesser-known museums, like the Grant Museum of Zoology or the Museum of Childhood for vintage toys and games.

A lot of museums do late-night opening on certain days of the week too, with free special events, talks, films and performances after normal closing time. There’s also the First Thursdays event on the first Thursday of each month in the East End, when over 150 galleries and museums in east London stay open until 9pm with special events, walking tours and an Art Bus tour (£14.50/£12.50 concessions) visiting the top attractions and including a drink.

Tate Modern London

Inside London’s Tate Modern gallery

Inexpensive entertainment

London’s theatre is world-famous, but the tickets can be expensive. One way to see a West End show on a budget is by picking up tickets at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. They sell half-price tickets for performances on that day and discounted advance tickets. You can also get £15 tickets for performances at the National Theatre or standing tickets at Shakespeare’s Globe in the ‘Yard’ in front of the stage for £5 (you might want to pick one of the shorter plays…).

Whatever your taste in music, you’ll find a free concert somewhere in the city. You can see free classical music at lunchtimes in the churches at St Martin in the Fields and St James’s Piccadilly. There are a mix of free performances from jazz to dance at the Southbank Centre and you can always find street performers in Covent Garden. And try the pubs around Camden and Shoreditch for up-and-comings bands – many venues let you in free before a certain time.

If you want to see a film in London, then stay away from the expensive, crowded cinemas around Leicester Square. Just up the road, the Prince Charles Cinema shows films from £9 on weekdays. Or if you’ll be in town for a while you can become a member for £10. Membership gets you up to £4 off tickets, weekly £1 film screenings and discounts on drinks in their bar.

London pub

The Anchor pub on Southbank

Top city views

The cheapest way to get a great view across London’s skyline is from one of the parks around the edge of the city. Some of the best viewpoints are from Primrose Hill, Alexandra Palace and the top of Hampstead Heath in the north and Richmond and Greenwich parks in the south.

Closer to the centre of the city, the biggest bargain viewpoint is the Monument for £4.50 (£3 for students/seniors and £2.30 for children aged 5–15). The Monument marks where the Great Fire of London started and was built in the 1670s. It’s only 62 metres high so you do get towered over by some of the city’s other buildings, but you’re in a really central spot.

London's Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park views

You can visit the Sky Garden for free – London’s highest public garden in a glass dome at the top of 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Talkie) in the City of London. You do need to book in advance though. Or go up to the roof terrace on top of the One New Change shopping centre which overlooks St Paul’s Cathedral. It’s open from 6am until midnight every day.

Get a great view for the price of a drink at a rooftop bar – try Gong on the 52nd floor or Aqua Shard on the 31st floor of the Shard, Vertigo 42 Champagne bar at the top of Tower 42 in the city, the Sky Pod in the Walkie Talkie or Skylon in the Royal Festival Hall on Southbank.

Views over London from the Top of the Shard

Views from the Shard

Budget food and drink

You can find some of London’s best-value food in the city’s ethnic areas – try Chinatown, Kingsland Road for Vietnamese food and Brick Lane or Southall for Indian food. There are also some good-value international food chains to look out for, like Leon (Mediterranean), Busaba (Thai), Tas (Turkish), Pho (Vietnamese) and Wagamama (Japanese). And if you’re in the West End head for an early dinner to take advantage of discounted pre-theatre menus.

Street food is huge in London, with food stalls from around the world at markets, selling dishes for around £5. There are lots to choose from but some of my favourites are Borough Market (Monday–Saturday), Portobello Road Market (Monday–Saturday), the Real Food Market in Kings Cross (Wednesday–Friday) and the Southbank Centre Food Market (Friday–Sunday).

And if the weather’s good enough for a picnic (or you’re self-catering), then you can pick up supplies from one of London’s supermarkets. There are local/metro versions of Sainsburys, Tesco and the Coop around the city, or more high-end are Marks & Spencers and Waitrose.

Food stalls at Borough Market

Borough market goodies

Low-cost London transport

The best way for London visitors to save on transport is to get an Oyster card – you can pick one up at any Tube station or order one online in advance. They bring the price of a single Tube fare in Zone 1 down from £4.90 to £2.40. You can also get the same reduced fares by using a contactless payment card (including overseas Amex, Mastercard and Visa cards). Prices are capped so the most you will pay in one day is £6.80 for travel within Zones 1 and 2.

For short journeys it’s worth taking the bus rather than the Tube – the price is lower (£1.50 with an Oyster/contactless card, you can’t pay in cash any more) and you get a better view. You can even use them as a cheaper alternative to a sightseeing bus by taking one of the routes pasing the city’s main sites. Try the 88 (Camden, Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament and the Thames) or the 4 (Waterloo, Somerset House, the Royal Courts of Justice, Fleet Street, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Barbican).

Boat trip on the Thames, London

Thames boat trip views

Lots of companies run boat tours along the Thames, but the budget way to see London from the water is on the Thames Clipper river boat. It’s a commuter service but runs along the same scenic stretch of river. Fares are calculated by zone – a single from the London Eye to Greenwich costs £9.60 for a cash fare or £6.40 with an Oyster/contactless card.

Finally if you’re feeling energetic, you can hire a Santander Cycles bike (aka Boris bikes). You can pick them up from docking stations around central London and they cost £2 to access the bikes for 24 hours then you can make as many journeys under 30 minutes as you like for free.

London red bus

A classic red double-decker London bus

So those are my tips for seeing London on a budget – do you know of any more London bargains or have any money-saving tips?

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  • Reply
    restlessjo
    February 27, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    Although you know I’m waiting impatiently for your take on Porto, Lucy, I have to say that this is really an excellent guide to London on a budget, and many of the tips are one’s I would have included myself. I’m always footsore at the end of the day, but it is such a walkable city. Who wants to beetle along underground? The views from Greenwich park are wonderful and you can do a guided walk there very cheaply, which has you imagining a joust right before your eyes. The little-known Greenwich Fan Museum is rather nice, too.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      February 27, 2013 at 2:37 pm

      Porto is coming up next week so not long to go! Thanks for the tip about the Fan Museum, I’ve not been to Greenwich to years so that’s one to rediscover on my next visit.

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    coyotero2112
    February 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    Very nicely done. I’ve been there twice, and I walked around a bit, then got out quick so I’d be able to survive. Money crunch…places to be…would not have had the money to move about Europe and Africa if I had stayed in London. A woman just told – or complained – about council taxes…to live in a house. Hard to avoid that. Wish I knew all this before, would have been easier.
    Later…

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      February 27, 2013 at 2:39 pm

      London property prices and council tax are seriously scary and one of the main reasons I moved out! I think I see more as a visitor now though than I ever did as a resident as you tend not to do the ‘touristy’ things in your own city very often.

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        coyotero2112
        February 27, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        So true…so true. I used to hear people talk about liking Cleveland – Cleve Land !!! Talk about visitor’s selective recollections.
        Later…

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    LondonUnveiled.com
    February 27, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Great post – and a valuable guide for visitors. Well done. Another cheap cinema experience is the Coronet in Notting Hill ( a scene from the film with Hugh Grant was shot inside here) – they have £3:50 films on Tuesdays

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      February 27, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks – and good tip about the Coronet, I’ll have to remember that one next time I’m in Notting Hill.

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    Esmee
    February 27, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    London is a great city to visit 🙂 But your right, very expensive. I like the photo’s with the moving people in it!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      February 27, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks, I was practicing with those slow shutter speed shots and London’s the perfect place to do it – there are always so many people rushing about!

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    Madhu
    February 27, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    Great job Lucy, bookmarking for future use. Agree about seeing more as visitors than when we live in a place 🙂

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      February 27, 2013 at 11:48 pm

      It’s so true isn’t it? I’ve been to three museums in London in the last few months which is more than I did the whole last year I lived in London! It’s easy to take things for granted if they’re just down the road.

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    megtraveling
    February 28, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for these tips – I’ll be sure to purchase a London Eye ticket ahead of time, and I know the museums your mentioned are superb and it’s great to know they’re still free!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 1, 2013 at 12:58 pm

      You’re welcome. London’s museums really are fantastic, I’m trying to branch out and try a few of the smaller ones now, there’s enough to keep me busy for a few years worth of trips!

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    confessions-of-a-nomad
    March 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    Great post on London, it can definitely be done cheaply too. I love borough market! Such fabby food to feast on.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Thanks, Borough is an amazing place, not sure if it’s very good for my budgeting though, there are way too many delicious things around I can’t resist buying a load!

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    confessions-of-a-nomad
    March 1, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Hehe this is true! I always sneakily make my way around all the free tasters 😉

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    donnaharshman
    March 2, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Great article. I, too, love the Borough Market, Pizza Express, Tas and Brick Lane for meals. Some other thoughts are Pret A Manger (their food is always fresh) or just a cheese plate and a glass of wine at La Fromagerie on Moxon Street. The cheese plates have themes (British, French, Italian) and are delicious. Some of the museum cafes, like the Tate Modern, offer reasonably priced food as well.

    For theatre tickets, sometimes deals can be had at lastminute.com but bookings must be made at the last minute.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks – good tip re Pret and museum cafes. I’ve not been to La Fromagerie but it sounds juts like me type of place so will check it out next time I’m in the area!

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    hwjln
    March 4, 2013 at 4:04 am

    I did take one of those walks along the Thames and visited the Globe and the Tate before crossing the Helix bridge, it was beautiful and therapeutic.

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      It’s a great walk isn’t it – so much to see in such a small area.

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        PINKPOSTCARDS
        March 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

        mmhmm! will def do it again when im back there!

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    Shelby
    March 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    I am leaving in a month for a 45-day European Trip, with quite a bit of time spent in England and a few days spent in London. I have been doing quite a bit of research into travelling on the cheap and this post is the best resource I have come across so far. Thank you!

    http://traversingmytwenties.wordpress.com/

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks so much, hope that you can make use of some of the tips and have a fantastic trip around Europe. A 45-day trip is a really good amount of time to see a lot, hope you get some good weather to go with it!

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    Jessica @ a passion and a passport
    March 16, 2013 at 3:55 am

    what an awesome “itinerary”. Definitely saving this for the future, when I eventually get myself back to London. Nice tips! 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm

      Thanks, hope they come in useful when you next make it to London!

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    aBitofCulture
    March 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

    Some top tips here. I’m going on an Easter bank holiday – should we get two day passes for the underground at euston station, or is it worth getting an Oyster card in advance just for one day? Also, can two people share one Oyster card? Cheers!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      March 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm

      I’d recommend getting Oyster cards (you need one each) and loading them up with credit, as it won’t cost you any more than the maximum cost of a day travelcard each day, and if you don’t use it so much then it’ll only charge you for what you use. Have a good trip!

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    Caroline
    May 1, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    Hi, What about accommodation on a budget?? Can you recommend anywhere?

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      May 1, 2013 at 2:30 pm

      Hi Caroline.
      Some good budget options are the Tune Hotels (www.tunehotels.com), with doubles from £45 a night – they’re quite tiny but have en suite bathrooms and good locations in King’s Cross/Paddington/Westminster/Liverpool St. Other budget hotel chains worth trying are the Premier Inns and The Hoxton (www.hoxtonhotels.com) sometimes has rooms for £1.
      If you are looking at hostels there are a couple of boutique ones which also have private rooms – Safestay in south London (www.safestay.co.uk) or Palmer’s Lodge in north London (www.palmerslodges.com). There’s also a modern YHA near King’s Cross (www.yha.org.uk/hostel/london-central).
      Otherwise the sites where you can rent an apartment (or a room in a house) like AirBnB, Roomorama, Go With Oh and Wimdu are worth a look.
      Hope this helps!
      Lucy

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    Suze
    May 2, 2013 at 9:23 am

    Great post. I got an amazing shot over London from Greenwhich village! You can see the picture under “the world in photograps” I’d be happy to hear your toughts on it! 🙂

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    mariannat92
    November 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Brilliant post! I was wondering if you have any recommendations for where to stay in the city as well? I am thinking of going down in the Spring and I’ve seen a few hostels in Shoreditch or Swiss Cottage and the like – do you think these areas are too far out or would the travel pass make it feasible? Cheers in advance!

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      November 28, 2013 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks! Staying in central London is very expensive so accommodation a bit further out tends to be a much better deal and the Tube will get you around easily (though it doesn’t run all night so if you’re planning to be out late you’ll need to get a night bus). Of the two places you mention Shoreditch is probably the closest into town, with easy access to the centre as well as the East End and down to Greenwich etc. Have a great trip!

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    Emma
    April 30, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Brixton Village offers brilliant budget food, there are my favourites: http://www.liveandlearntravelblog.com/brixton-village/

    • Reply
      Lucy Dodsworth
      April 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for the tip – I’ve not been to Brixton Village for years but will have to check it out next time I’m in London.

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    Elaine
    August 5, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Does anyone have recommendations for day trips outside of London? Looking for walk-able towns/villages with interesting street life, good pubs, unique shops, etc. Going beginning of October 2014. What do you think about Brighton Beach for this time of year? Thanks!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      August 7, 2014 at 6:45 pm

      On a sunny day Brighton is a great place off-season (it can get packed in summer). Whitstable is also really nice by the coast, or if the weather isn’t so good you could try Oxford or Cambridge, or closer to the city there is Windsor too. Have a great trip!

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        Elaine
        August 8, 2014 at 3:59 pm

        Thank you Lucy. We will be on a tour for 11 days seeing many of the hot spots along with Castles and Museums, so looking more for a fun town. We have 3 days post tour to venture out on our own, relying on public transportation. Brighton seemed to have the atmosphere along with some different stores to browse. Any suggestions on a good pub there? Places to see or stay away from there? We have been to Windsor on a prior trip to London. We will have to check out Cambridge or Oxford if weather is too bad. Thanks!

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      August 8, 2014 at 8:34 pm

      All are very easy by public transport so you should be fine – would recommend checking our my friend’s blog http://www.thetravelbunny.com as she lives in the Brighton area so should have lots of recommendations for there. I also did an Oxford weekend guide which might come in useful – https://www.ontheluce.com/2013/09/09/weekending-old-and-new-in-oxford/

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    Carole 68
    August 17, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you so much for all these tips, I’m leaving tomorrow for a 5-day stay in London with my 12-year old daughter and we’re really looking forward to it ! I also got other ideas from an article that advises people to go to the following places :
    Bar Bruno for a real English breakfast (101 Wardour street – Soho)
    Fish and chips from The Dining Plaice (20 Berwick Street – Soho)
    or Hummus Bros who apparently have big servings at fairly reasonnable prices (I found them while looking for free wifi spots)
    They say that a trip to any of London’s Magnificent Seven Victorian cemeteries can be uplifting because of the stunning architecture and landscaping (especially on misty mornings)
    Then there is the stroll along the South Bank, the free museums, and some other suggestions (that we won’t follow for lack of wanting to hang out at night, considering my daughter’s age) are a pint of bitter at the Hope and Anchor (207 Upper st in Islington) or at the Angelic for a quieter experience (57 Liverpool Road) and a 3-pound pint.
    If at 2 am you’re still standing, then they recommend Bar Italia (22 Frith St) where the late-night cappuccino is £ 2.50 (and one of the best in town).

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      Lucy Dodsworth
      August 18, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Hope you and your daughter have a great trip Carole! Some good suggestions there too – I lived around the corner from the Angelic and it’s a great pub that does good Sunday lunches (though not sure I’d call it quiet!). The cemeteries are really interesting too, I think Highgate is probably the most impressive, though Abney Park in Stoke Newington has much more of an overgrown, eerie feel.

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    Andrea Blythe
    October 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Fantastic advice. I’ll be travelling to London in a month and will have only a day and a half to look around. This is great.

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    Fakir Hossain
    April 23, 2015 at 1:46 pm

    Nice advice. I’ll be travelling to London twice in a month. This is fantastic.

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    Wood Green Taxi
    May 30, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks for your tips and guide for visiting London with cheap price

  • Reply
    Kanishk Kapur
    June 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Awesome tips and pointers, really looking forward to implementing your suggestions.

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    Yized|Novojun
    July 28, 2015 at 4:27 am

    Thank you so much for this post! I’m thinking of visiting London in the near future and I definitely want to save as much as possible. This guide has helped a lot, thanks!

    • Reply
      Lucy
      July 28, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      Hope it comes in useful – and have a great trip!

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    I Am In A Place
    July 30, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I agree! London is absurdly expensive! There are many cheap options also, many of them unknown to tourists however!

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    southamptonoldlady
    August 10, 2015 at 10:49 am

    I lived in London for 5 years in the 80s and this is a wonderfully updated guide to budget London. When I had no money I did as Petula Clark sang and went “Down Town”. Excellent guide and such appropriate, well-taken photos to accompany it. Not surprised its getting lots of hits and re-blogs.

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      Lucy
      August 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much – I still love going back to London, there’s always new things to discover and it’s a great city to just wander about.

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    pilar villalobos
    September 4, 2015 at 1:10 am

    thx really heplfull your info! 🙂

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    Packing my Suitcase
    September 4, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Amazing post Lucy! I will be in London in November and I will make sure to follow some of your advice 😀
    If you are around, maybe we can even meet, I will be there for the WTM 😉

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      Lucy
      September 9, 2015 at 10:33 am

      Fantastic – I will be there for WTM too (Monday until Thursday) so would be great to meet up!

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        Packing my Suitcase
        September 11, 2015 at 11:05 am

        Perfect!! That sounds great Lucy. I would love to meet you, no doubt 😀 I will be there the whole week too!

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    Missy Ratliff
    January 31, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the information, this is great!

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    zoetanry
    July 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve lived in London for 4 years and I haven’t even been to some of these places! I’m definitely going to check it out!
    I just wrote a post on some spots in London that I think are pretty underrated, let me know what you think! https://travelledthoughts.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/5-underrated-spots-in-london/

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    sharon
    August 1, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Planning a trip to London was wondering about hotels with a budget in mind any suggestions ? Im willing to venture out to get a better price

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      Lucy
      August 5, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      Some good small chains worth trying are Tune Hotels, The Nadler and Z Hotels – or more cheap and cheerful the Premier Inn or Travelodge. You can also rent rooms in university accommodation and there are a couple of good hostels with private rooms (Clink and Safestay).

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    Morocco tours
    September 2, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Nice blog and great article – Thank you so much for sharing it with us 🙂

    • Reply
      Lucy
      September 2, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks, great to hear you enjoyed it!

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    Mary Jackson
    September 9, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    A lovely article with some photos that make me crave the city again! Having visited a number of times I could not recommend London enough. Whilst it can be daunting to some, it really is one of the most diverse and action packed cities in the world. Moreover, the public transport network is wonderfully simple and allows you and the family to get almost anywhere in the city.

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      Lucy
      September 13, 2016 at 11:19 am

      Thanks so much, glad to bring back some good memories – it really is an amazing city!

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    Morocco tours
    September 20, 2016 at 4:10 pm

    Great and amazing post, thumbs up for this excellent job

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    Shelby
    September 29, 2016 at 3:22 am

    Hi any suggestions on where to stay?

    • Reply
      Lucy
      September 30, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Some good small chains worth trying are Tune Hotels, The Nadler and Z Hotels – or more cheap and cheerful the Premier Inn or Travelodge. You can also rent rooms in university accommodation and there are a couple of good hostels with private rooms (Clink and Safestay).

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    Malaga Airport Taxi
    October 29, 2016 at 6:46 pm

    This post is so attractive. London was totaly the best place to visit for me. Last year i had a trip to London,using this blog as a “guide”, and still i couldn’t see all the attractions.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      October 30, 2016 at 9:42 am

      Thanks so much – glad to hear that it came in useful!

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    RYAN LUCAS
    January 25, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Such helpful comments and tips, visiting London during the festive season is always my favorite time of the year.

    • Reply
      Lucy
      January 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Thanks, glad you liked the post!

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    travelgasm
    February 13, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Enjoyed your itinerary. You always can tell the difference between an itinerary from someone who spent a few days in London and someone like you who has lived there and has visited many times.

    Happy to see that you mentioned the Thames Clipper boat service. It’s long been one of our favourite budget ways to see the riverfront (and head to Canary Wharf for meetings, too).

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      Lucy
      February 17, 2017 at 6:54 pm

      Thanks so much, glad you liked it (the Thames Clippers are great aren’t they!).

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    Winnee Yau
    February 16, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Hi Lucy! I am interested to join the free tours in London for my 3 days trip. Among these 3: Sanderman’s New Europe, Free Tours by Foot & Free London Walking Tours, which one would you recommend best?

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      Lucy
      February 17, 2017 at 6:53 pm

      Hi Winnee, they are all fairly similar but the Sandemans ones are a good choice for an introduction to London. If you’re more interested in more specialised subject or something a bit different then look at the others instead. Have a great trip!

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    sprerna
    February 23, 2017 at 7:18 am

    The sights, nightlife, and culture of London are famous across the world. But, not many know that this wonderful city has an adventurous side too.

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      Lucy
      February 24, 2017 at 10:00 am

      There are so many different sides to London!

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    Mary
    April 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Great article! There’s always something to do in London – so many events, festivals, markets, etc. But on a budget, it can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, you’ve outlined some great tips for saving money, while still enjoying the fabulous spirit of London! Thanks for your article!

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      Lucy
      April 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks – yes the toughest bit about a trip to London is narrowing down just a few things to do when there are so many options!

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    Marie
    July 5, 2017 at 11:35 pm

    Hi there – we coming from NZ and staying with family in Cambridge for a month from end of september to end of october 2017. We are a family (husband wife 14 year old boy and 9 year old girl) and I see this article was written a few years ago now. Do you have any tips for us and has any of the information above changed or would you suggest anything different. Or what would you suggest for us and considering the time of year were travelling etc. Any information greatly appreciated 🙂

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      Lucy
      July 7, 2017 at 10:15 am

      Hi Marie, I update these guides at least once a year so the info should be pretty up to date still – you might want to check out Time Out for events on around the time too, there’s always so much going on in London!

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        Marie
        July 8, 2017 at 3:17 am

        Awesome thank you

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    icho
    February 25, 2018 at 6:18 pm

    Thank you for this advice. I’m going to travel to London this month 🙂

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      Lucy
      February 25, 2018 at 6:31 pm

      Hope you have a great time!

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    Anthony Frost
    July 21, 2018 at 7:18 am

    London is a very beautiful and is a notoriously pricey destination. Great monuments, parks and also the one that I usually visit are the theaters. It’s a great and best way to spend the time if buying the best affordable discounted tickets at Leicester Square Box Office and its worth in such a pricey destination. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful blog. I am speechless as I was not aware of such beautiful places in London.

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      Lucy
      August 2, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      London’s a great city – and the West End theatre is some of the best in the world!

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    coventgardenfx
    July 24, 2018 at 11:05 am

    Perfectly detailed blog, some great bargains in there too. We recommend Benugo in Long Acre and Carbon on Bedford Street as affordable, healthy options.

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      Lucy
      August 2, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Thanks for the tips, I’ll check them out on my next visit, always looking for a good healthy option!

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    Akinosi Babatunde
    August 20, 2018 at 12:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this great blog! London is the most beautiful place of UK! There are many places where we can enjoy our holidays……….

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      Lucy
      August 23, 2018 at 9:58 am

      It certainly is!

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    Om King
    November 7, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Great information on the London traveling in the low budget. Enjoy reading the blog.

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      Lucy
      November 28, 2018 at 8:19 pm

      Thanks so much!

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    Sophie
    November 20, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    Great post! Lots of people will either be visiting London or a budget or, if they’re a student, living in London on a budget. I love that you’ve included an interesting variety of cheap things to do here – like visiting the parks, going to a museum and seeking out an inexpensive cinema. You can definitely do London on a budget and still have fun, it just takes planning.

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      Lucy
      November 28, 2018 at 8:13 pm

      Definitely! It seems like an expensive city but there are some bargains to be found too.

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