London is known to be one of the most expensive cities in the world, and whilst it costs to live here, it doesn’t have to cost to visit. There are plenty of ways round the expenses of London that even newbies can get the hang of. If you’re looking for a great way to enjoy the city on a shoestring, take account of these little life hacks which might just get you by. After all, you should be spending money on what counts, finding the experiences for you and your loved ones rather than a triple priced ham sandwich in an expensive bistro.
Oyster card deals
Travel needn’t be expensive. With weekly and even daily travel cards available, you’ll find you save money on travel, especially if you’re making multiple journeys in a day. On top of this, you’ll find that off peak travel is much cheaper than travelling at rush hour, and will be a lot less stressful.
If you’re travelling with under 25’s make sure you invest in an under 25 railcard and link it up to your oyster, saving a third on all journeys, whilst under 5 years olds go free on the tube. With so many deals, make sure you book in advance and come to London prepared, if you’re not careful public transport can conjure a hefty bill.
Try the free museums
London is home to a range of free museums which are funded by the council. These are some of the most iconic buildings in the city, and whether you’re into science, biology or human history, there’ll be a museum for you. The British Museum is a magnificent building which is home to some of the most astounding relics from ancient civilizations which have ever been amassed. Stare in awe at the preserved mummy whilst the Samurai armour gives you a real insight into the brutal history of Japan.
Try the Natural History Museum, V and A and Science Museum in South Kensington for three free museums which are iconic to the London tourist scene.
Whether you’re staying in 4 star hotels in London or you’re in a youth hostel, you can never say no to the amazing array of free art galleries in the city. Whilst limited exhibits will be ticketed, the permanent collections in the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain are absolutely free and open to all ages. Culture doesn’t get cheaper than this.
Music and comedy come cheap
With London having a real history of arts and culture, it’s no surprise that you can find some of the best up and coming comedians trying out new work at donation based shows. Gigs come cheap as well, some of the cities trendiest pubs putting on great shows for the next big thing on the music festival scene. Try out pub venues such as the Victoria and Shacklewell Arms in Dalston alongside the Camden Head in Camden for the best in new music and comedy. Scratch beneath the surface, and you amy some of the best nights out in London entirely for free!