Lon­don On A Bud­get

Let money ex­pert Sue Hay­ward guide you through the cap­i­tal, see­ing the sights and shows for a frac­tion of tourist prices!

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Ex­pert money-sav­ing tips

1 FREE CITY VIEWS

A trip up the Shard, which is Lon­don’s tallest build­ing, costs over £30 a ticket so why not take in the sights for free? I love the Sky Gar­den at 20 Fenchurch Street. Hid­den away at the top of the Walkie Talkie build­ing, it’s got land­scaped gar­dens, ob­ser­va­tion decks with 360-de­gree views over the city and an open-air ter­race. Free, but do book in ad­vance.

2 EAT OUT AT A FOOD MAR­KET

Dine on street food from at the Malty Street Mar­ket and most stalls have free tasters too! It’s a short walk from Lon­don Bridge sta­tion, and the nar­row street and rail­way arches house a vi­brant and eclec­tic mix of bars and food stalls. Look for the Cheese Truck which does the best grilled cheese sand­wiches I’ve ever eaten. And stop by at Bad Brownie for dessert!

3 THEATRE TICK­ETS FOR A SNIP

For cheap tick­ets for West End shows go to the TKTS ticket booth in Le­ices­ter Square. You can save around 50% for on-the-dayd per­for­mances.f OOr gett up close with the cast at Shake­speare’s Globe Theatre, on the South Bank, with £5 tick­ets. You’ll be su­per close to the stage, but this is stand­ing only at this price.

4 BOOK A HO­TEL FOR THE DAY

If you’re stay­ing out of town and want to re­lax and freshen up be­fore a night out, book a ho­tel room for the day. At WWW.DAYUSE.CO.UK you can save 75% on overnight rates, with ho­tels in Kens­ing­ton for un­der £40 for four hours with full use of all fa­cil­i­ties. For overnight lux­ury at a snip, go for the Hox­ton Ho­tel where a room at its Shored­itch lo­ca­tion costs from £99 in­clud­ing a break­fast bag. Or try Premier Inn’s Hub lo­ca­tions with com­pact rooms from £69.

5 FREE MU­SE­UMS

Travel by train and use your ticket again with 2 for 1 en­try to at­trac­tions such as the Lon­don Eye and St Paul’s Cathe­dral. WWW.DAYSOUTGUIDE.CO.UK. Free mu­se­ums across Lon­don in­clude the Bri­tish Mu­seum, Na­tional Gallery and the Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum, which has the world’s old­est mu­seum restau­rant. Af­ter­noon tea is served on Fri­days at £30 a head, half the price of the Ritz.

6 WALK UN­DER THE THAMES

Swap a boat trip across the river for the unique ex­pe­ri­ence of walk­ing un­der­neath the Thames. The Green­wich Foot Tun­nel was built at the turn of the cen­tury as a way for work­ers south of the river to reach the docks. The en­trance is close to the Cutty Sark but once un­der­ground it feels a world away from the buzz of Green­wich.

7 TRAVEL LIKE A LO­CAL

Wave good­bye to hop on, hop off sight­see­ing buses that cost £20 a ticket. Pick up an Oys­ter Card and look for bus num­bers 9, 24 and 88 that go past city sights like Big Ben, West­min­ster Abbey, Down­ing Street, Trafal­gar Square, Cam­den and Knights­bridge. Head up­stairs for a front row seat to dis­cover the back streets rather than just the tourist trail.

8 HAVE COF­FEE IN THE TOI­LET

Yes, re­ally! The At­ten­dant is an un­der­ground re­stored Vic­to­rian toi­let just min­utes away from the buzz of Ox­ford Cir­cus. Head down the stairs to this quirky café on the cor­ner of Fo­ley Street to find a hid­den world of lov­ingly re­stored white tiles, porce­lain uri­nals and toi­let cis­terns where you can en­joy break­fast, lunch or cakes. Open ev­ery day.

En­joy the Sky Gar­den for free

A foodie ex­pe­ri­ence

The Vic­to­ria & Al­bert Mu­seum

See a show for half price

The tun­nel and its en­trance be­side the Cutty Sark

Re­fresh­ment with a dif­fer­ence! Xxx

The 24 bus will take you there

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