I don’t visit London very often, but when I do, I always try and plan to be as frugal as possible. Staying Frugal in London is hard work and I know that these sorts of trips can cost a fortune if you just didn’t care or concentrate on your spending
We usually plan a trip in the winter to coincide with OH’s birthday as we can also see the markets and do some Christmas shopping.
This time we took along our Merlin Annual Passes so that we could get free entry in to certain attractions.
We managed to get on the London eye twice (Morning & Night) and Madame Tussauds, although we could have done much more. We have certainly had our moneys worth out of our Merlin Passes this year.
Other than our attractions being free with our Merlin Passes (including the the escapes rooms in Madame Tussauds), staying Frugal in London was quite difficult, even for an avid money saver.
Travel expenses are more or less a set price such as tube tickets, fuel and car parking. Food can be matched to whatever your budget and there are so many places to eat.
Grabbing food at stations can be costly, so try and get a good breakfast in with the cost of your hotel so you aren’t eating on the go all the time.
There was a massive Poundland near me (I have never seen one with a clothing department) so I manged a couple of bargains such as a £1 umbrella as it did nothing but rain and a huge men’s t shirt as I forgot to bring something to sleep in. In fact I forgot quite a lot on this trip, which isn’t like me at all!
We also used Poundland for things like drinks and snacks for the hotel.
To book the hotel I always check to see where it is located and if I can park close at a reasonable price too.
We stayed at Wembley where the station car park is just a couple of pounds per day at weekends. We never struggle to get a space either!
I book the hotel through Top Cashback if possible after doing an internet search comparison. I will never just go for the cheapest though as I like a nice clean modern room, so I will pick one with good reviews at a reasonable price.
We had a fab but busy trip and would highly recommend it if you haven’t already been.
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