I spent a considerable amount of my life living in London (approximately 10 years) and bear in my mind that I visit london at least twice a year (even since I moved out of the vibrant city to another country). I have for you today 9 Tips that will save you so much money that it would be wrong for you not to read and apply the hacks (especially if you are a visitor to London).
TIP 1: USE A OYSTER CARD TO TRAVEL
Travel is one of the most expensive cost in London. If you’re a visitor and depending on how long you are staying, you should look into a oyster travel card (daily, weekly or monthly). Speak to a representative at the train stations and they will be able to advise you on the best value for your buck with the oyster card based on your own travel plans.
TIP 2: TRAVEL OFF PEAK
Still on the travel point, try to travel anytime except for 06:30 to 09:30 and 16:00 to 19:00. This will reduce your expenses and will probably guarantee you a sit on the sometimes overly-packed train.
TIP 3: USE AirBnb OR SPARE ROOM FOR ACCOMMODATION
On to accommodation costs, these costs can really make up a considerable part of your expenses and as such it is good to re-evaluate whether (1) you need to stay in a hotel or (2) you need to stay in zone 1/2 in London. Airbnb.com can be a great option especially for families as you are able to get the same value of accommodation but at the fraction of the cost. And if you’re tight on money, perhaps ask a friend if you can crash on their couch? Bear in mind that the metro system in London works 24hrs and is pretty reliable so there is no need to base yourself in the centre of the city.
TIP 4: EAT CHEAP BY USING GROUPON
A great way to eat cheap is “Groupon”. Due to the vast amount of restaurants in London, competition for customers is high hence there are so many discounts on restaurants. Many of these deals are available on the “groupon” site so ensure you visit the site when you plan your trip to London. Also if you’re dining on Monday -Thursdays, make sure to check the websites of restaurants as they tend to give in-house deals.
TIP 5: BUY BROADWAY TICKETS FROM THE “TKTS” BOOTHS
This is especially useful if you are not too particular about the show and the kind of seats you want. Tickets can be bought on the day at their booth in central London. Expect up to 70% discount if not more.
TIP 6: EXPLORE BOROUGH MARKET FOR FREE FOOD SAMPLES
Feeling peckish?? Visit Borough market near London Bridge between Monday to Saturday 10am – 5pm.
TIP 7: READ “MONEY SAVING EXPERT”
This website is up to date with deals in London but it is even more useful if you are living in London as deals range from utility to loans etc
TIP 8: VISIT SKY GARDEN FOR A FREE VIEW OF LONDON
You may need to book via their site so check their site. Sky Garden is located on 20 Fenchurch Street.
TIP 9: EXPLORE LONDON MUSEUMS FOR FREE
Many of the museums and cultural attractions in London can be visited for free from the Tate Modern to the British Museum. Bear in mind some of these museums are the best in the world.
What is your top money-saving tip for visiting London?