How To Enjoy London On A Budget And Make Loads of Friends
Travelling to and visiting London on a budget is appealing to many foreign students and students from outside London.
They like the attractions and nightlife that London has to offer. They are not unhappy
to give up their creature comforts that they enjoy at home for a few days. They just
want to socialise and have a great time in London.
If you are one of these travellers, here are some useful tips to stretch your budgets further.
Before leaving home for London it is wise to find out about cheap travel insurance to cover you for the period of
your stay in London.
Accommodation can be expensive if you plan to visit London on a budget. Many hotels in London
may be too expensive so you will have to opt for hostels in London. London city hostels are of
the highest standards because
• They are mostly centrally located or are close to amenities
• They are reasonably close to airports and have good transport links
• They are clean and spacious
• They are well established and popular
• They are reasonably priced.
Cheap Hostels In London
that are centrally loacted for attractions and sightseeing. As well as a comfortable bed,
most hostels offer a kitchen with cooking facilities and utensils and also a lounge
where you can socialise and make new friends. You may also get breakfast,
internet connection, social activities and events.
Book ahead at least for the first night – to ensure you have a place to stay when
you arrive in London. You can look for accommodation in other hostels if you feel you
want a different location and make new friends.
Check at the hostel reception on what activities are available for the day and then
plan your day accordingly. Get a London underground map and tourist guide literature
and wonder around to familiarize yourself with the area.
Entertainment and Attractions
It is easy to find entertaiment in London on a budget.
Listed below are London attractions that are free:
1. Museums and galleries in London are very popular.
2. Window shopping in Oxford Street, Bond Street and Regents Street, as well as Knightsbridge stores.
3. London Walks – plan your walks to cover as many of the famous London landmarks as possible – London Eye, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, etc
4. Parks – Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens, Regent’s Park, Holland Park, etc
5. Markets – Portobello Road market, Wembley market, Borough market, etc
6. Palaces – Buckingham Palace, Kensington Palace, St. James’ Palace, etc
7. Covent Garden – to see street performers and celebrity spotting
8. Be a member of the studio audience and enjoy popular television shows. You need to book your tickets a few weeks before you arrive in London.
London on a budget – studio audience tickets.
9. Enjoy the river views by walking along the embankments – Victoria Embankment and Chelsea Embankment
10. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the West End from Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square, including Chinatown.
Eating out in London can be expensive but there are a few ways of feeding yourself cheaply and healthily.
1. Most local supermarkets reduce their prices for food items that are about to pass their sell-by dates. These are perishable goods but are still within their sell-by dates. Supermarkets sometimes slash the prices of these items by as much as 60% just to sell them before the expiry date. The price reductions are usually done in the late afternoons. This way you can enjoy healthy meals at a fraction of the cost.
2. You can get similar deals at fruits and vegetable markets.
3. These days most restaurants have “buy 1 get 1 free” offers to customers on production of offer vouchers. You can download and print these vouchers to take to the respective restaurants. London on a budget Restaurant Vouchers. Watch out for expiry dates on these vouchers.
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