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Published on July 28, 2011 | by Andrea Guerriero


How to enjoy holidays in London without spending a fortune

We all know that London is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, but also one of the most expensive.
Want to see the best of London saving time and money? Here are some ways to at least try to enjoy a cheap holiday!

Welcome to London. Arriving at the airport, you can take advantage of shuttle services to move – avoid taxis. You can choose from trains or buses, the single ticket costs from 9 to 30 pounds and if you travel with friends, set of three at least, you can ask for a reduction that will allow you to save up to 30%. In a short time and with little money, you will get to downtown and from here getting around London will be easier.

If you are visiting the city – maybe you’re here for that too! – it will be very convenient to move underground: just outside Victoria Station, you can buy a Travel Card: paying only 25 pounds, you will have 24/7 access on all buses and metro lines of the city.

That said, let’s spend a few words on accommodation solutions: avoid Hotels in zone 1, they are beautiful, but very expensive. Just outside this area, there are several hotels at affordable prices. To eat: during the day try to choose light meals at one of the many fast food chains – from McDonalds to the Caffè Nero points – in order to be free to spend a little more for your evening meal. If you want to dine out, resign yourself to paying at least 10 pounds for a steak or 15 pounds for a plate of spaghetti!

Now let’s get to the real highlight of our review. The unmissable (free) attractions. London has hundreds of things to see and do without spending a dime.

Museums in London are all accessible for free, except Madame Tussaud’s + a ride on the London Eye that costs about 35 pounds, and a few others for which you will anyway pay very little. Even the parks are free in London, although you should pay about £ 2 for a deckchair around the lakes.

Open and close your day with a… royal experience: Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace in the morning and the Ceremony of the Keys in the evening, when the Chief Yeoman Warder locks the main gate of the Tower of London. Admission is free but you must book two months in advance by written request to attend this ancient ritual.

However, you cannot go to London and miss its most spectacular monuments, for which, unfortunately, you have to pay, sometimes quite a lot! One solution would be buying a London Pass: free admission to over 55 among the major attractions and major tours of London: the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, the London Bridge Experience, a boat trip on the river Thames and… much more!

Photo by Jim Bahn

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Andrea, a travel blogger, web programmer, seo apprentice and amateur photographer based in Milan. I love reading, I love music. I love to travel but only if I leave on a mission! I've been traveling through most of Europe and I love writing about it. I love photography, especially as a way to document experiences, places, events. My Nikon D300 camera is always with me, and it helps me in sharing my life with the rest of the world. Getting in touch with new people, different life styles and foreign traditions, and write about it, is all I can ask for.

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