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!
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