How to spend a weekend in London without breaking the bank

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It’s no secret that London is one of the most expensive places in the country to live, visit and be anywhere close to. That being said, there are ways to enjoy the magic of England’s capital without having to re-mortgage your home.

As a guest at The Montcalm Hotel London, you’ll have access to a number of incredible hotel packages London. This is the first step to saving money on your weekend city break. Here are a few other great tips that will help you stay on budget while still having a great time.

Pre-booked tickets

Booking tickets ahead of time can save you a lot of money and stress. You don’t want to miss out on seeing all of the famous London sights and experiencing the wondrous attractions but the costs can soon rack up over the weekend. There are a number of providers that offer discount tickets and passes that give you access to the top attractions. Also, be sure to invest in a tourist Oyster Card which allows you to travel around on London’s public transport system without breaking the bank.

Free attractions

Believe it or not, there are plenty of great attractions around London that don’t cost a single penny. Many of the popular museums such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the National Gallery are free to enter. Be sure to do a little research before making your way to the capital and check out what you can do for free. Saving money with free activities will leave more money for shopping and eating out.

Bargain shopping

It wouldn’t seem right to go to London without doing a little bit of shopping. Even if it’s just to buy a gift for someone back home, shopping in London is an experience you won’t want to miss out on. If you’re keeping to a budget, however, you may want to avoid expensive places like Harrods and Oxford Street. That doesn’t mean you can’t find great products though. Head over to places like Brick Lane Market and Shoreditch High Street to find all sorts of hidden gems.

Self-guided tours

There’s so much to see in London and it’s difficult to squeeze everything into one weekend which is why many tourists book onto guided tours. These types of tours can be a lot of fun but they can also be quite expensive. If you’re trying to cut costs during your weekend in London, it may be a better idea to take your own path and discover the hidden treasures of the city without a guide. All you need is a smartphone map and a sense of adventure.

Street food

The food in London is some of the best in the world. The city’s restaurants and eateries specialise in authentic dishes from all different cultures. It’s always nice to try out some of the famous award-winning restaurants but it isn’t easy on your wallet. Luckily, you don’t need to spend a fortune to find great food. Go to places like Shoreditch and Camden to find an incredible array of street food vendors.