|London St. Paul's, a photo by david.bank (www.david-bank.com) on Flickr.|
There are hundreds of things to see and do in London, but if you’re not careful costs can quickly rocket. However, by budgeting carefully and making the most of the city’s ample free charms, you can enjoy a holiday on a budget in the UK capital.
|London is your Oyster!, a photo by amandabhslater on Flickr.|
Check out toptable.com for good deals on dining out. You can search and book directly online, and choose from deals such as 2 for 1 or 50% off. You also earn points every time you make a booking, which can be redeemed for a free meal in future.
Samuel Smith pubs from Tadcaster have numerous branches throughout the city and, because they have phased out branding in their establishments and only stock Samuel Smith ciders, bitters, lagers and spirits, everything is incredibly cheap. Here, you can still get a decent pint of ale in Soho for around £2, which is half what you’d pay in most other pubs.
Enjoy the free museums. Unlike many other European cities, London’s main museums are largely free to enter. Eschew Madam Tussauds and the Tower of London, and instead head to the world-renowned British Museum, Victoria and Albert, Natural History and Tate Modern. Also, St Paul’s cathedral normally costs £15 for a sightseeing ticket, but to attend a service on a Sunday entrance is free.
|Picnic in Battersea Park, a photo by Rev Stan on Flickr.|
For accommodation, there are plenty of budget hotels in London. Alternatively, hostels are often excellently located and many offer private rooms if you don’t fancy sharing a dorm. There are also a number of quirky boutique hotels, which offer a stylish and unique base from which to explore this fascinating city.
-This guest post was written by Jamie Monteath