London is a city built for tourists, blending many layers of history with world-class entertainment, dining and luxury hotels for families. With so much to see and do though, your bank account could see a little strain if you’re not careful. Indeed, with a rising cost of living, it’s not just tourists who are feeling the heat either, many locals are seeing inflated tax and shopping bills thanks in part to the economic damage of the coronavirus pandemic.
London is often thought of as a playground for the wealthy, but that doesn’t mean it’s just for the mega rich. If you get creative, a stay in the English capital can be far greater value for money than you might first think, paving the way for unique experiences and a whole new side of London. This blog will explore some of the ways that guests at Chiswell Street Hotels London and other central accommodation can save money on their London visit.
Consider the airline you’re using and the airport that you’re flying into. With 6 different London airports to choose from, it’s always worth doing some research into which is the cheapest to fly into. It’s also worth noting that airline companies and holiday booking websites will track your data and on returned visits to the website, will vanish the cheaper flights that you might have looked at earlier. A good way around this is that when doing your research into cheap London flights, use a private browser window so that your data isn’t tracked.
The London Underground is one of the most extensive tube networks in the world and so it’s unsurprising that it is often used by tourists. From the Montcalm London City The Brewery Hotel for instance, travel to many areas is quick and easy from Liverpool Street Station and Old Street.
Individual journeys can be especially pricey when travelling at the peak hours of 7.30 am to 9.30 am and 4.30 to 7 pm, so consider avoiding these hours when possible, especially if you don’t want a more crowded tube journey at up to 30 percent extra cost!
Day passes for the underground are available, coming out at the same price that oyster cards cap at. Paying with an oyster card instead of using contactless payment on your debit card can also save you money thanks to their lower caps on the amount of journeys you pay for a day. Guests at the best hotels in London who are British nationals can link up their oyster card to a student, under 30 and senior railcard, meaning a third off individual journeys at off-peak times.
Free Museums And Attractions
London is home to many free attractions, museums and galleries. Indeed, you can see landmarks such as Tower Bridge, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben at no price at all. Museums like the Science and Natural History Museum and V&A on Exhibition Row, the Tate and National Galleries are all free to visit.