Summer in London is definitely a great season to be in this City: not overly crowded, not too hot to be outside but warm enough for an al fresco dining or to spend the day at the park. So, if you are planning to travel to London anytime soon, it’s a good choice timing and weather wise. However, London isn’t really the cheapest option, so here I am to offer you some tips on how to plan your trip to this City on a budget.
Traveling to London
There are a few budget airlines that fly into London, however, you’ll still need to book your tickets in advance in order to get better deals. You can compare your flight options using flights comparison sites like Skyscanner etc.
Weekly Travel Card – Oyster
One way to travel cheap would be to avoid taxi fares as they can get very expensive. There are few options available on the market like the Oyster Card, which is a prepaid ‘ticket’ for the zones you’ll be traveling to. You can either choose the weekly option or if you are staying for less than a week you can use the pre-pay option. It is valid on the bus and light rail systems as well. Using an Oyster Card is 50% cheaper than purchasing a normal ticket. Another option would be hiring a bike or simply walking around to explore the City at your own pace.
One of the benefits of a City as huge as London is that there are loads of free things to see and do. Another beautiful thing about London is that Museums are free for the likes of the National History Gallery, Tate Britain, and Modern, Saatchi Gallery and so on.
A free activity that I recommend not to miss if in London for the first time is heading to Buckingham Palace for the historic Changing of the Guard, there, you will witness a military band playing during the swap. Charming. A fun and historical event that will cost you nothing.
Also, there are few apps that will help you sort out your activities like Dojo, Time Out, Yelp etc. These are great resources for local events and festivals. Or you can wander aimlessly in the streets of London—there’s always something going on.
London cuisine is a truly diverse experience that will be able to please all types of the palate. A common habit for Londoners during summer months is having a picnic in the park: just buy your food of choice and grab your favorite spot on the green and you’ll feel like a true Londoner! There are also few local markets like Borough Market or Broadway Market that offer plenty of fruits, veggies wine, cheese, and a bottle of olives make for the perfect picnic in one of the city’s many parks.
Get the London Pass
London Pass is a tourist card that will grant you access to 32 attractions and free public transportation.
It includes many of the most famous London landmarks, such as Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, and Britain at War Museum.
Home from Home
London can be quite expensive in terms of accommodation costs even at the lower end of the market so you can hunt on Home from home for accommodation. There are lots of options available you just have to look around.
Also, finding an apartment with a kitchen for stay at home nights is a great way to save money.
There are a few ways to get into and from the airport. You can go either via Tube (London Underground) otherwise, you can arrange for a taxi, minicab to meet you upon arrival.
West End Tickets
You can find good bargain tickets for west end shows in Leicester Square or a good idea would be to buy them in advance.