London: Splurge vs Save

London is number 3 in the list of Top 10 most expensive cities in the world, so visiting the city can be quite daunting, especially if you don’t own a designer wardrobe and drive a Lamborghini. Most of the main, more iconic tourists attractions can charge a pretty penny for admission and, even though it should be done once in your lifetime, to do them all in one trip may require you to remortgage your house. This guide aims to show you the cheaper alternatives, the other side of London that could actually save you some money without reducing the excitement of the experience.

Accommodation: Park Grand London Hyde Park hotel
Park Grand London Hyde Park is a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park itself and is the epitome of modern luxury. With a range of rooms from single to suites, from deluxe to superior, a single night in a deluxe single, inclusive of breakfast in the morning is a mere £90.83, a perfect choice if you are looking to save a few pennies.

Tours: Bus vs Walking

It is always worth while booking on a tour around London; not only will this give you the opportunity to see all the tourist highlights but it will also allow you to hear some of the history behind the city from an expert. Tour buses can regularly be seen travelling around London and, even though they’re not wallet-breaking expensive, there are still other ways to see the sights for much less. Walking tours in London are a great way to get around simply because you get to see so much more, little hidden delights that may not be on your list of things to see, but add to the whole London experience. There are a many more walking tours to choose from than bus tours, including a Jack the Ripper tour, a drinking tour, a chocolate tour and a James Bond tour.

Shopping: High Street vs Markets
There is no denying that bargains can be found on the high street, but they are mainly commercially made and available to the masses. Oxford Street holds many of the main high streets stores, such as New Look, Topshop and Primark, as well as exclusive department stores, such as Selfridges. Regent Street is home to Hamleys and the high end store Fortnum & Masons while Bond Street is home to many designer boutiques such as Gucci and Dior. If you decide that you want to treat yourself and blow most of your paycheck, these are the places to shop, however, if you’re looking to make the most of your money, then head to the market places. Big ones such as Notting Hill Market and Portobello Road Market have become more and more popular in recent years whereas ones such as Broadway Market and Netil Market are relatively new to the market scene and sell a whole host of homemade delights, vintage clothing, jewellery and confectionary. Their prices are reasonable and a great thing about market places is that you have the opportunity to talk to the makers and creators and even order some bespoke pieces for yourself.

Scenic Views: London Eye vs Primrose Hill
The London Eye is an iconic symbol of London and it is recognised all over the world. It was unveiled in 2000 to mark the millennium and it has since been owned by many different companies, at the moment it is owned by Coca Cola. The 32 glass capsules allow a 360 degree view of the city, giving the spectators some breathtaking sights for a full rotation that lasts 30 minutes. Prices start from £19.35 for a standard ticket which may include a waiting time of 30 minutes-1 hours, depending on the time you go. Primrose Hill is situated just outside Regents Park and commands a panoramic view of the city from six different viewpoints which have been protected; this means that no construction or even overgrown trees will block these astounding views. It lies 63 metres above sea level and London’s most notable monuments, such as Canary Wharf, the Gherkin, St Paul’s Cathedral, the BT Tower and even the London Eye can be seen from here. Even though it is right in the heart of the city, it is a little slice of peaceful heaven and has a wonderful mixture of wildlife which will make you feel that you are a world away from the hustle and bustle of London life. The best thing about Primrose Hill is that it is absolutely free.

They say the best things in life are free and, in London, this is most certainly the case. Many of London’s major museums and art galleries, such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the British Museum, the Tate Modern and the National Gallery, all have free admission. This means that, not only are you looking after your bank account by saving money simply on admission charges, but you can spend a full day in London learning about the workings of the world, how steam engines were made, look at ancient Egyptian artifacts and gaze upon Van Gogh’s Sunflowers for absolutely free.

Despite its reputation of being one of the top 3 most expensive cities in the world, there are many ways that you can enjoy all that London has to offer but on a very small budget.

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