I recently took a trip to London to watch one of my all-time favourite bans, the Foo Fighters! Yes, they were as amazing as always. But I’m currently living on a shoestring and needed to do London on a budget, even though people told me it was not possible.
The thing is, getting around London is actually pretty cheap and once you’ve mastered the main tube lines, you’ll be laughing all the way to the main attractions.
We had a long weekend sightseeing in London and going to the Foos concert and my poor feet are destroyed from walking around all over the place, but it was so worth it. I saw all the main tourist spots, something I’ve never done and it wasn’t too difficult to do in one long weekend.
Here’s how I managed to keep hold of my money and still experience everything London has to offer.
Saving money on transport
Did you know that the tube is actually cheaper if you use an Oyster Card or contactless payment?
You can travel on the tube for as little as £2.40 and can increase to £5.50 depending on which zones you travel through. The tube is by far the easiest and quickest way to get around the city, even though a cab may seem like a great option, they can charge you over the odds on fares.
Buses are also super cheap and you can easily use your Oyster Card or contactless payment, just hop on and swipe.
When it comes to seeing everything, you can always choose to walk around the different areas. Many of the attractions are within a 20-minute walk of each other in different parts of the city, so walking is also an affordable option!
Saving money on London attractions
It is possible to grab yourself some 2 for 1 offers for London’s main attractions, the most popular option is through national rail. You can head to Days Out Guide to grab your 2 for 1 vouchers once you have bought your London rail tickets.
If you’re dying to see a world-famous production at one of London’s many theatres, then there are plenty of discount vendors around the Piccadilly Circus area. Alternatively, you can try and get some last minute tickets online from websites like Last Minute.
How to plan your days
Making sure you see everything you want in a short space of time isn’t easy, but all it takes is some careful planning and knowing your underground lines.
Write down all the places you want to visit and take a look at the map to see which attractions are situated within walking distance of each other, or at least on the same underground line. This just makes your sightseeing a little more streamlined and stress-free.
Here’s a little something to help you with the tube situation.
Northern Line (Black) – Trafalgar Square, Camden Market, Borough Market, King’s Cross
Bakerloo Line (Brown) – The national gallery, Chinatown, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Sherlock Holmes Museum
Central Line (Red) – Notting Hill, Marble Arch, Oxford Circus, St Paul’s, Stratford, Olympic Park
District Line (Green) – The tower of London, St James’ Park, Westminster Abbey, The National History Museum
Hammersmith & City Line (Pink) – Shepard’s Bush market, Whitechapel, West Ham, Upton Park, Paddington, Shoreditch
Jubilee Line (Grey) – Canary Wharf, London Bridge, London Dungeons, Tower Bridge, The Imperial War Museum
Have you ever visited London? What do you think of it compared to other cities in the UK? Love or hate?