London Diaries – Money Saving Tips to Do More for Less


If you’re planning an itinerary for your London trip, you can cross one more item off your bucket list. Coming to this place, you’re in for a treat! Everyone knows that London is one of the most progressive cities and essentially a cultural hub of the planet. From fashion, music, food, entertainment; this place has only the best of things to offer.

Since there’s so much to see and do in London, it pays to know what all tricks can help you cut down the travel and sightseeing costs. Follow these tips if you want to do more for less so you can relax on the RV patio mats of your hotel in the evening without worrying budget issues.

  1. Visit museums and connect with history for free

If you are a history buff, London will treat you real nice that too without charging you a penny. The Natural History Museum, the British History Museum, the Science Museum, and the Museum of London; all welcome everyone without charging anything. The Tate Modern and the National Gallery also open its doors for no costs.

  1. Get an Oyster Card

This is basically a plastic smartcard that lets you travel for less on tube, trams, trains, DLR, London Overground, etc. Coming to London; you’ll be doing a lot of travelling.
So, it pays to invest in an Oyster card as it will help you save up to 50% on travel costs.  If by the end of the trip, there’s still some credit left in the card, the same will be refunded to you.

  1. Witness changing of guards

How can you come to London and not see the Buckingham Palace! Speaking of which, the palace orchestrates changing of the guards at 11.30 am. The changing of the horse guards at Whitehall happens at 11.00 am. You can see both for absolutely free and it will definitely constitute an interesting watch worth every second of your time. Feel the British spirit at Buckingham place without spending a dime.

  1. Get a feel of the local life at Sunday Markets

One of the best things to do while in London is ‘people watch’ at markets. The Portobello Market, The Flower Market, The Camden Market; and countless more remain open on Sunday. Take a stroll through these to see the city and the localities hustling it. Take photos, observe people, soak yourself in the spirit of the London and watch everything at its rawest form all while taking a stroll through the markets.

  1. Participate in a street art walking tour London

Calling art lovers from around the globe; London is a Mecca for people who have deep appreciation for artistic things; whether it’s in the form of a painting or graffiti art. And, the best way to admire the work of arts that the London’s buildings have to offer is to walk on your feet. The Brick Lane, Fashion Street, Shoreditch, Spitafields, and Bateman’s Row; all feature absolutely fascinating graffiti work that you can admire while taking a walk in troupes that practically cost nothing. Put your feet to some use for incredible cost-cutting.

  1. Check out small theater performances

Got a thing for the theatrics? You have come to the right place. London is like a younger sibling of New York’s Broadway where you can see incredible theatre performances without shelling out a hefty amount of money. Les Miserables and the Lion King are the iconic theatre performances that you see here. Comedy nights and shows cost as little as 3-13 GBP per ticket at places like the Leicester Square Theater.

So, are you all set for the much-awaited trip through London? Be sure to remember these tips and you’re sure to get big bang for your bucks!

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