Saving money when visiting London

Thanks to deals on flights and the great choice of hotels and hostels at affordable prices, London is increasingly visited by many tourists, even if only for a weekend. If you’re new to the city or have limited time, here are some useful tips to make the most of your trip to London.

London

London

Change in Sterling: pounds and pence

Before you leave, please inquire to see if it is better to change money at home. Check the exchange rate offered by your bank, and maybe even from other banks because if you want to change the airport it will cost you more. Inform yourself well for the exchange rates and fees on withdrawal and payment card abroad. If you find a bank affiliate to yours, prefer that one since it might be the most economical method.

London Eye

London Eye

Where to eat

One of the criticisms you may hear most often is that in London to eat well, you spend too much. This could be true, if you take the bait to the restaurants and bars in the center. There are several places where you can eat well and don’t spend that much, just go to one of the many pubs for a traditional roast or a typical fish’n’chips. If you are in the Dalston area, for example, treat yourself to a barbecue for once.
If you’re downtown, you’re in a hurry and do not know where to go then you can go to a supermarket, where you can find sandwiches and meals ready to eat on the fly. It will not be great but you’ll save time and money that can be reinvested in a nice dinner.
Or, if you’re in the Covent Garden area, there is Food for thought, an excellent vegetarian restaurant you have to to go to.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Mobile Phone and Internet

Through agreements at European level, sending messages costs very little so it may not pose that much of a problem, always taking into account your provider. It may be a cost to use the internet but you can find free Wi-Fi HotSpots anywhere in bars and restaurant.

If you are going to spend more than 2-3 days and you have a regular need to use the internet or friends who need to communicate with an English number you should ensure compatibility: an English SIM will cost you from 50p to £ 1 and can be found virtually everywhere, even in supermarkets. Many companies offer packages that give you a fixed price for specific number of minutes, messages and internet traffic.

Camden Town

Camden Town

London photos by: Stephen Walford, Paulo78, K.Hauser, Maria Vicroria

For more on London check: London’s most popular attraction | Big Ben, Where to eat in London | Low cost

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