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1. Posted by catalina22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I am planning on going to London for 4 days this spring.
I need some help with the cost of life and museums in London.
I have accommodation and I have already bought the plain ticket, but I don't know if 100GBP is enough for this trip.I am not planning on going in pubs and club every night, so what do you think?

Please advice,

2. Posted by andy11 (Full Member 136 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

£100 might buy you 2 glasses of coke and a sandwich in London,

3. Posted by catalina22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Come on, it can't be that expensive....don't make me cancel my plain ticket :

I hope that my inquiry didn't sound to stupid, but i want to make an idea on how expensive London is.
I would apreciate some help like how much is the cost of food, drinks and transportation.

[ Edit: Edited on 19-Jan-2009, at 06:09 by catalina22 ]

4. Posted by Beckiboo (Respected Member 134 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

£100 isn't going to get you very far for four days. To put it into perspective:

A one day travelcard is £8.00
A beer in a normal pub is around £3.50
Entrance to a well known club = £20.00
A dinner in a mid-range pub / pizza / pasta place will be around £10.00 (not including drinks).

You could probably make the £100 last, but you will have to do it on a real budget.

If you are staying in Central London - don't bother with the tube. You can pretty much walk around all the main sights, or just on a bus (much cheaper, only 90p).

Some of the museums are free, search online to find out which ones.

Avoid eating in the main tourist areas (Leicester Square, Covent Garden etc). There are cheap places to eat in London - lots of cafes, thai, chinese, pizza etc. Just avoid the busy areas and you wont have to spend much on food.

There are a lot of fun things to do and see in London that dont cost much money:

Take a walk around the Thames, seeing Big Ben, Houses of Parliament, London Eye etc

Brick Lane - cool bars and a market, fun to browse around

Portobello - another cool market town, fun to walk round

Any of the parks - Regents Park, Hyde Park etc, if it's a nice day, get a picnic and go to one!

5. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Ditto above but you really don't need to spend a lot of money. Tate Modern and the Natural History museum are free entry (donations only) plus many others.
A scrummy pasty from one of the ubiquitous Original Cornish Pasty shops will set you back just a few quid and fill you up!
I would suggest you find a supermarket and make yourself up a picnic to keep you going through the day rather than expensive coffee shops.
As Beckiboo says, most sights can be reached on foot and a much better way of seeing real London.

6. Posted by Hien (Travel Guru 3906 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

I think £100 can definitely last for 4 days if you don't splurge on food and drinks.

  • Fish and chips at pub: about £6 - 8
  • McDonald's Big Mac regular meal: £3.69
  • Subway's special 6" Sub of the Day: £1.99
  • 1.5 litre bottled water from Tesco: less than £1
  • tap water is free at virtually all restaurants -- I've yet to encounter one that charges

Tube costs £4 (single) while bus is £2 (single) if paid by cash, which is very expensive. But don't worry, there are cheaper fares. At the tube station ticket counter, get an Oyster (Pay As You Go) card. Pay £13 and you'll get a card with a £10 value in it (£3 is for the card deposit, which you can get back later when you return it). Using the Oyster card is a lot cheaper (virtually every Londoner has one), with a trip on the tube is charged between £1.60 and £2.70 for travels within Zones 1, 2 and 3, while buses are £1 per trip.

The amount deducted from your Oyster card will also be capped when it reaches a certain level, even if you continue travelling! If you're travelling within Zone 1 and 2 only, the daily cap is at £6.70 (if any of your travel is before 9.30am) or £5.10 (if all travels are made after 9.30am) whereas the Day TravelCard prices are £7.20 and £5.60 respectively. For Zones 1, 2 and 3, it's capped at £8.10 and £5.80, while the Day TravelCard is £8.60 for all times. If you're travelling on buses only, the daily cap is £3.30. If your card value runs low, go to the tube station to top up another £5 or more.

Most major museums in London are free admission, and only charge for special exhibitions.

Check out the London travel guide for more information and links to the official sites of museums that you're interested in.

7. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 8y Star this if you like it!

Basically avoid restaurants. you can buy sandwiches or pasta or pies etc from the supermarket and you can eat as you go and save loads on food. Also get yourself a hip flask and fill it with your fav tipple and just buy for example one vodka and coke in a pub and refill it with your own booze (just dont get caught as you will be thrown out! Make sure you only do this in busy pubs so you can hide ). London is a great city for just wandering around as there is so much history in the architecture, parks, sights etc that you don't need to pay for expensive tours or museums (a lot of museums are free).