Five Tips to Visit London on a Budget

We’re big fans of London here! It’s is a fabulous multicultural city that is constantly changing. Many people return every couple of years to see the changes and experience the same atmosphere with a different mindset. However, the capital of the UK is one of the most expensive when it comes to accommodation. If you would like to spend a few days in London without breaking the piggy bank, you might want to get smart and budget better next time. Here are five tips to help you save on your London getaway.

1. Couponing

Whether you would like to skip the queues of the London Eye or Madame Tussaud’s, you can find an online booking site where you can pre-order your admission tickets and save money at the same time. If you are arriving for a short break at the weekend, especially traveling during the school holidays, you will have to put up with the crowd. Check coupon and discount sites to find your deal and stop wasting time on standing in the queue.

2. AirBnB

When traveling with kids, you might not want to stay in a five-star hotel. Comfort is more important. The good news is that there are plenty of AirBnB offers around London you can take advantage of. You might even get your own kitchenette, so your kids can eat what they want for breakfast. You’ll be surprised how much you can save if you book an apartment from the local hosts directly, instead of going through a travel agent.

3. Public Transport

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If you want to see as much as possible in a few days, you will need to get a tourist Oyster card for the family. This means you can have unlimited travel and discounts on many attractions, and stick to your budget as well. You can buy the visitor Oyster card online and pick it up at the airport or one of the major railway stations. This will take the stress out of your trip as well.  

4. Stay Out of the City

While staying close to the main attractions might be convenient when you are traveling with kids, it is not always the cheapest. You might want to book a room at Courtyard London Gatwick Airport if you are arriving by plane, and get a deal on your public transport tickets for the duration of your stay. London is served by fast trains, so there’s no need to stay in the city center. You will save money on your accommodation and get much better value for your money, too.

5. Discover Free Attractions

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Instead of focusing on the tours  you are being sold on every corner, you might want to check out the free attractions in London to take the kids to. Organise a picnic in the park, visit the British Museum, or check out the street art of East London.

Visiting London with your family can be expensive, but you can save money by using the tips above. Stay out of the centre, get a discount card, and take advantage of special admission ticket offers to skip the queues.

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