London is one of the most expensive cities in the world, but there are a few ways to save money if you plan in advance. Tickets are cheaper if bought in bundles, airport transfers are less expensive if booked in advance. Read on to see more…
BOOK AIRPORT TRANSFERS IN ADVANCE:
Make sure you know in advance how to get to your hotel from the airport. Compare the differences between private transfers, bus, train and shuttles to find the best option.
Tip: save by booking a return fare.
SAVE TIME: DON’T WAIT IN LINE:
The London Eye
Buy priority entrance tickets in advance and beat waiting in line at London’s most popular attractions including the London Eye, Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral.
Alternatively, save money with The London Pass, offering free entry to over 60 attractions, with priority entrance tickets at 7 major attractions.
THEATRE SHOWS AREN’T ALWAYS EXPENSIVE…
Seeing a West End show doesn’t have to be expensive. There are often amazing discount theatre deals that are offered in advance, including to classic productions such as The Lion King, Wicked, Mamma Mia! and more…
SIGHTSEEING MADE EASY:
Sightseeing in London
Get a Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour with 60 stops on 3 different routes. These come as a 24 or 48 hour pass, and are a great way to save time and money when navigating around this enormous and sometimes confusing city!
GET AN OYSTER CARD:
Oyster travel passes come preloaded with credit and cut public transport fares in half. They also come with a daily cap so you’ll never spend too much in one day. Kids go free or at discounted rates and you can pre-order the cards to your home address.
MUSEUMS ARE FREE!
Many of London’s top museums and art galleries are free of charge! These include The British Museum, The Natural History Museum, Tate Modern, National Art Gallery & Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Many of them are found in London’s museum district.
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TIPS:
- Tipping: Tip between 10-15% in restaurants, although check that the tip hasn’t already been added to your bill. Don’t tip in a pub if you’ve ordered drinks from the bar
- Weather: Take an umbrella! Britain is famous for its unreliable weather. A sunny morning can very quickly turn into a rainy afternoon
- Tube Stations: Follow the escalator etiquette by standing on the right-hand side of the escalators to avoid getting in the way of angry Londoners!
- Rush Hour: Avoid taking the underground during the rush hour as it gets packed.
- Electronic devices: Make sure you buy a UK travel adaptor (220-240V 3-pin plug)
- Safety: Cars drive on the left so make sure you look the correct way when crossing the street!