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Staying in London on a Budget

London has got a reputation for being an expensive city but as locals, we can tell you that that's not true. With a little research and expert advice you can stay, eat, sightsee, shop and travel around the city on a budget. If splashing the cash is not on your agenda, then plan your trip smartly. We think the most important part of your stay is where you stay and we highly recommend a great value London serviced apartment in the right location, depending on what the purpose of your stay is. You can definitely save a lot of money with this kind of accommodation and you also get to enjoy  more space, more freedom and have a more authentic experience in the city.

Serviced apartments come in all sizes and vary in price depending on their location and facilities, so there is really something for every type of traveller. Our tips below will help you pick the best options for your stay so that you don't overspend and enjoy all our fantastic city has to offer without breaking the bank.

Book a serviced apartment

1. Dine-in and do the laundry
The biggest advantage of a serviced apartment is the self-catering. You can expect good quality fully functional kitchens with a range of appliances including a hob/stove, fridge/freezer, microwave, oven, toaster, kettle and sometimes even a coffee maker. Cutlery and crockery is also provided so you can enjoy a lovely home-cooked meal any time you like. There are also dishwashers in most apartments so washing up needn't be a hassle. The washer dryers also makes it possible to travel light and have clean clothes throughout your trip without any expensive dry cleaning, perfect for business travellers and babies.

2. Share an apartment
Apartments range from studios to five bedrooms and if you are travelling as a group, you will certainly find it much cheaper to share the costs between you rather than to stay in seperate hotel rooms. You even have enough place to socialise and entertain with lovely lounge/living areas that have TVs and dining tables.

3. Don't pay for what you don't need
Why pay for all those extras if you don't really need them? With so many types of London serviced apartments you don't have. Pick a serviced apartment with less facilities on-site  and you will be surprised at the savings there are to be had compared to an apartment with round the clock reception staff and other services like a gym, swimming pool and restaurant. Also you can get better deals for apartments that are located on the lower ground floor levels.

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.

How to use this list?

  • Search for rates and availability for the dates of your stay
  • Click "Add to List" next to the accommodation you want to add in this section
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