Low Cost Breaks in the Capital: London on a Budget

Jan 31, 2013 by

London Clock Tower

St Paul’s Cathedral Clock tower in London photo by: J. A. Alcaide

Travelling into central London can be an extremely expensive ordeal. The city is full of exciting attractions, breath-taking landmarks, and stunning scenes that simply must be experienced, but the question is how to afford it all.

When you’re on a budget, it is essential to cut the costs of the basics for your trip and save your spends for exploring the city. Staying slightly out of the centre is always a great way to keep costs low. Central hotels can cost a small fortune, however budget accommodation, such as Travelodge’s hotels in Barking, are well connected to the centre and are available at a fraction of the cost.

Booking early is the best way to guarantee a room outside of central London. Although people do often pay over the odds to stay near to landmarks and popular events, out of town hotels fill up quickly with bargain hunters who know a good deal when they see one. They’re also a favourite with visitors who are familiar with the area and how convenient it is to be based slightly out of the centre.

Once your rooms are booked, take a look at the activities you really do not want to miss. This very much depends on the type of mini break you’re aiming to take. Those with children might want to visit the contemporary attractions, such as Madam Tussauds, the London Dungeons and some of the major theme parks surrounding the Big Smoke.

The best way to get in on all the action is to pick up an attraction pass. Buying these online will ensure that you benefit from any web exclusive discounts available, as well as price cuts off on the door entrance fees. Packages including entry into the London Eye, Madam Tussauds, The London Dungeons and the SeaLife Centre can save you up to an impressive 40 per cent off the standard entry prices.

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London Eye photo by: Arabarra

Alternatively, and somewhat luckily, if you are more of a sightseer, then visiting London’s most famous landmarks shouldn’t cost you much at all. Many of the main buildings are free to visit, including Buckingham Palace, Downing Street, and Westminster Abbey, while paid attractions require just a small contribution for admission.

Those who are interested in the sights of London however, may really reap the rewards of the London Eye experience. Once again, booking online will save you money and guarantee your place on the Eye, from which you will take in a striking view over the entire London landscape, from 135 metres above ground level.

Any West End lovers out there? Online last minute tickets for performances can be found online, but it is also worth asking at the box office on the day. Some theatres will offer discounts on top price seats, or upgrade circle tickets to the stalls if available upon your entry in the evening.

London doesn’t have to totally put you out of pocket. Book that budget accommodation today and look online for great deals on attractions, events and sites in the city.

 

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Catherine Lavinia is a freelance Writer and Marketer.

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