Money saving tips for London
1. Getting around
Walk around. Use your smartphone GPS to see how far things are from each other and chances are walking will get you there faster than bus or tube. Use public transport. Make the most of the Oyster card which is capped daily. Travelling to or from the airport, why not use the tube or express trains that operate from Paddington, Victoria and Liverpool Street.
2. Free attractions
It's no secret that many free London attractions to visit, but have some paid for exhibitions or sections at the side. Whether you are into museums, art galleries, monuments or performances, there is always something free going on in the city to enjoy. Explore the local markets, relax in the gorgeous parks, visit a historic church or spend an afternoon at Trafalgar Square which almost always has something exciting and free happening throughout the year.
3. Eating and drinking
Restaurant bills can add up especially if you like good tipple with your meal, so why not avoid the touristy traps and pick places to dine that are affordable and tasty. Menus are always displayed at the entrance so you can decide before stepping inside. Delicious and cost-saving chains have become big favourites of the locals like Nandos, Wagamamas, Busaba, Wahaca, Giraffe, Chipotle, GBK, Byron and Bills. Street food is also another way to sample fine cusine at rock bottom prices so try markets like Borough Market, Portobello Market, Exmouth Market and Brick Lane Market.
4. Shopping and Entertainment
We recommend hitting the shops during the peak sale periods which is after Boxing Day (26 Decemeber) - end January and late June - August. If you like theatre shows, book online in advance for good deals or visit TKTS in the middle of Leicester Square for last minute deals. A riverside stroll is also absolutely free. Many free festivals also bring London's streets to life like Chinese New Year and Notting HIll Carnival.