London on the cheap

London is one of the most iconic and exciting cities in the world. It also has a reputation for being one of the most expensive destinations in the world.

You can’t let this discourage you from visiting London – instead, you will find that if you do a little digging and planning before you arrive, you can visit London on a budget and have a great time doing it.

One of the first things you have to consider is a place to stay. If you’re on a budget, you probably won’t want to be staying in a central London hotel. Hotels in this part of the city are of excellent quality, but they also come at a premium price. If you look around in HRS, you will discover a few great-value hotels with exceptional HRS customer ratings a bit outside the centre. Examples of these hotels are, the West Ham United hotel east of the city centre in Upton Park, and the Days Inn in Edgeware.

Now that you’ve settled on a hotel, the next thing you need to consider is how to get around. Do you take a taxi?  Not if you’re on a budget. Instead of the traditional black cab, use the London City buses and the London Underground. Purchase a Travelcard, and you can use it to travel to any destination in the city. These cards are available at tobacco shops and most Underground ticket kiosks. They can be purchased as a three, four, or seven day card. Just make sure you get a Travelcard that covers the zones you want to travel to and your entire visit will be taken care of.

The next question:

Is there anything you can do in London that’s inexpensive and actually interesting? As you know, there are only so many museums you can go to before you need to do something else. One thing that is highly recommended is a performance of The Taming of the Shrew at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre. This play is on-going until the 13th of October, and admission starts at just £5. If you are looking for something that will spark the imaginations of your children, then you definitely need to take them to the Phoenician ship down on the St. Katharine docks. This is a replica of a ship from 600BC, and the whole thing is centred around entertaining your children.

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