Top destinations are top for a reason. Whether it is for their art, culture, sports or just uniqueness, each provides something that for some reason attracts a multitude of travelers from around the globe. One of these destinations is the city of London. A cultural, artistic and historical hub, London is ranked one of the top 5 destinations for travel year after year. From its long history to its iconic sites, its museums and its unique experiences, anyone who has been in London once, understands why. The problem is that as soon as a destination becomes appealing, costs tend to go up. So what do you do? Find the best sites and ways to save money of course. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us as we list our top ten ways to enjoy London for free or at least more affordably.
- Get an Oyster Card – a cost friendly way to get around the city, an Oyster Card offers discounts on food and drink and saves travelers on public transportation.
- Get a London Pass – a London Pass will not only allow you to skip most of the long lines common in London but save you plenty of money as well to top attractions including the London Bridge or the Tower of London.
- Get a drink when the costs are down – prime times will often cost you more especially when you drink. Take advantage of happy hours when traveling in London to save on your beverages.
- Dine with the locals – eating at common “tourist” locales will always cost you money. Instead, find the local cafes outside of the tourist areas or choose to enjoy a picnic to save. In addition, eat your larger meals at early times rather than at dinner as the price for dinner is always higher.
- Hit the local markets for unique items and better prices – shopping can be costly in popular areas like London. Instead of wasting all your spending money on one items, head to the fun London markets and haggle with the locals. It’s a great way to enjoy an afternoon and find some great deals all at once.
- Explore the less expensive historic sites – London is filled with historic sites but many will cost a pretty penny. Instead of spending all your money on pricy historic attractions, check out the free and lesser known historic sites including the London Wall and cathedrals not necessary on the radar of the average traveler.
- Go to the park – London, like other large urban areas, has plenty of parks worth exploring and the best part is that they are free. Great parks including Holland Park and Postman’s Park, Richmond Park, Kensington Gardens as well as Phoenix Garden for free.
- Go see the top sites that don’t cost anything – these include the iconic changing of the guard, Trafalgar Square and of course, Abbey Road.
- Enjoy the free museums – while many will cost you, these ones won’t including the Museum of London, the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum.
- Take a walk – not only is it good for you but it also allows you to really see the city and some of its best sites such as the South Bank, the Millennium Bridge and Little Venice, just to name a few.
If you spend a little time getting to know your destination before you go, even a popular destination doesn’t have to cost a fortune.