See London Without Mortgaging The Kids

13 February 2015
Read Time: 1.6 mins

Heading overseas soon and getting anxious as you watch the Aussie dollar fall?  Take heart, there is still a tonne of fun to be had without having to break the bank.

Here’s a list of some money-saving tips if you are heading to London, one of the world’s more expensive cities.

1. Go Online To Find The Deals

Check out the local tourist information website - it can be invaluable. London has a good website with a list of 101 free things to do.

In major cities around the world there is usually a plethora of museums, art galleries such as the Natural History Museum and the National and Modern Tate Galleries that offer free admission.

 London icons ... Big Ben and the bus (Getty)

Taking in the iconic changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace, or popping off a selfie in the midst of the neon lights at Piccadilly Square or with Harry Potter’s trolley at 9 ¾ platform at Kings Cross Station all costs nothing.

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2. Showtime Needn't Bust The Budget

Taking in a show at the West End can be expensive, but if you head down to Leicester Square to the ticketing booths you can pick up tickets for up to 50 percent off. Shop around as some of the theatre tickets packages offer free dinner.

 Get the best of the West End theatres (Getty)

3. London's Golden Ticket

Save time and money with a pre-purchased sightseeing London Pass. The pass will gain you entry to over 60 London attractions such as Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Thames cruises and much more.

You will also be able to skip the long ticketing queue by using the designated fast track entry line, which is priceless during the peak season in London.

4. No Lining Up Required

Another good option is to add an Oyster Card which will allow you access to London Underground trains (tube), buses, trams, docklands light rail, over-ground trains and National Rail Services within zones 1-6.

 No queues if you have the right card (Getty)

There is no lining up and searching for change - it’s as simple as flash and go.

Accommodation prices can be extortionate in major cities like London so booking well in advance is advisable and there are some great flight/accommodation package deals on through the year on the Flight Centre website.

5. Fill Your Stomach Without Emptying Your Wallet

Book a restaurant table online and you can receive discounted meals to free bottles of wine at varies starred restaurants throughout London.

If you are keen to try one of the Michelin starred restaurants but can’t quite stretch the budget consider booking for lunch instead. You enjoy the same wonderful delights for considerably less money.

Alison Crisp

Alison Crisp is a freelance travel writer and publicist. She has worked in communications, marketing, publishing and print media for the past 20 years.