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How to save money in London

Find out how to save money when buying West End tickets in London, how to save money on the Tube and more.

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What's in our video about Londonprint

Our video for London has five really useful tips on how to save money there:

1. Save money when buying tickets for the Tube
When buying tickets for London’s underground which is known as the ‘Tube’, buy one of these two types of ticket:
  • Off-peak travelcard for zones 1 and 2: Costing just over £5, this will permit you unlimited travel on the tube after 9.30am within zones 1 and 2, which should be enough for any visitor to the city
  • Oyster Card: These can be picked up at tube stations. They cost £3 and work on a pay as you go basis. Each journey then costs £1.50, but there is a ‘capping’ scheme where once you use a certain amount, it will stop taking money off your card. They make travelling on the tube cheaper, easier and quicker.
  • 2. Check out a free museum or gallery
    London is full of free museums and art galleries. These include:
  • National Gallery (Trafalgar Square): England’s most famous art gallery.
  • British Museum (Great Russell St): Home to over 7,000,000 artefacts.
  • Natural History Museum and the Science Museum: These two museums are side by side on Exhibition Road in South Kensington.
  • 3. Save money when buying tickets for shows in the West End
    If you plan on going to a show in the West End when you’re in London it’s good to know that you can get discounted tickets on the same day of the performance at the TKTS booth in Leicester Square. But beware of other booths in the area that also claim to give discounted tickets as their commission rates are higher and they won’t have as good seats.
    4. Chill out in one of London’s parks
    London is full of parks which are the perfect place to go to when you want to get away from it all. These include:
  • St James’ Park: In the heart of the city centre in front of Buckingham Palace.
  • Hyde Park: The most famous city centre park in London.
  • 5. Go on a FREE walking tour
    New London Tours operate free walking tours in English and Spanish from the Wellington Monument at Hyde Park corner every day at 11am and 4pm. There is a catch though – the tour guides that you can’t miss thanks to their bright red t-shirts, work on a tip-only basis. But because of this they are keen to give you the best tour possible!
    And finally....
    Stay in hostels rather than hotels. And to book hostels in London such as Palmers Lodge or other London hostels click here.
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