Feeling London calling? These days it will nearly break the bank just to get there, let alone actually do anything but we’ve got some great tips about experiencing London to the fullest while keeping your costs down. Like Samuel Johnson wrote, “No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.
It’s possible to get great seats to any number of productions throughout London. While major west end musicals can prove pricey, check out the ticket booth in Leicester Square for discounts on those productions and many others. There are other ways to save money. For instance, if you’re willing to get up early your time, the Donmar Warehouse offers tickets for ten Pounds every Monday at 10 GMT through its Barclays Front Row programme. The National Theatre, whose productions are amazing, offer some tickets for 15 Pounds. It’s also worth asking if there’s a discount rate for students. If all those fail, check to see if the theatre offers day tickets to be sold on the day. The Globe also offers groundling tickets for 5 Pounds. Be warned though, groundling tickets mean you stand for the entire production!
Many of London’s biggest museums are free for all visitors, including the British Museum, Museum of London, the Tate, Imperial War Museum, and the National Maritime Museum. For those who love art, the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery are right next to each other by Trafalgar Square and have some of the most famous artworks in the world. There’s plenty of good educational fun to be had.
Winter or Summer, there’s always an excuse to visit a Royal Park. Follow in the footsteps of Londoners past and visit the Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park to hear people talking about all sorts of important topics. After a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum (8 Pounds), take a long walk around Regents Park to look at the beautiful flowers and see paddlers on the Serpentine. Take a moment to rest and enjoy a bit of nature in the middle of the bustling city.
Always get an oyster card for travelling on the tube and the bus. Transport for London’s Single Fare Finder and Plan a Journey is your friend for figuring out how to get places and how much it takes to get there. However, if you can save up enough before your trip, purchase a daily, weekly or monthly travel card to save even so long as you travel within the zones you’ve paid for.
Always bring your student id with you and ask everywhere whether they have a student discount. Many Oxford Street shops will offer discounts to anyone presenting a student id. For those out of school, most shops have a decent clearance and sale rack even if you’re not shopping on a Bank Holiday. Primark is always a good bet for those budget conscious shoppers out there but it should be noted that it’s almost always hectic!
If you’ve never been to London before, the city will amaze you and hopefully not hurt your bank account too much. For further discount on travel deals checkout coupons from rebates zone and for those experienced with the city, explore the delights the city has to offer on the cheap this time. Enjoy!