I love London. It’s one of my favorite cities, ever. Yet I don’t go as often as I would like- mostly because it’s also one of the most expensive cities too! Thanks to this guest post, by Simon Migliano of VoucherCodes.co.uk, I’ve got some good ideas on saving money in London for my next vacation there… whenever that may be!
Staying frugal on holiday is a challenge at the best of times. If you are visiting London however, it’s tougher still. This city can pick-pocket even the most frugal traveler.
Like it or not, food is a necessity and spending every single lunch and dinner time huddled on a bench eating a sandwich is hardly what you daydream about as you plan your big trip .
Yet with just a little inside knowledge and an internet connection, you can live it up without sacrificing your principles of frugality. This blog will help you save up to 50% at top restaurants, get cheap theatre tickets and even save on takeaway pizza.
Before eating out, you should search voucher websites for restaurant vouchers for local eateries. Download a coupon for the restaurant most tickles your fancy, print it out, and then hand it over when you get there.
One of the best places to start is VoucherCodes.co.uk’s useful page which brings together the all the best restaurant offers from across the UK, as well as many exclusive savings.
Typical offers include two main meals for the price of one; half price food bills and kids eat free. The potential savings are huge, particularly for families.
Even if you don’t have an internet connection in your hotel, you can always nip into one of London’s many internet cafes and print out your coupon. The cost of doing so will only be a fraction of what you save.
A family of four dining at Pizza Express, a stylish and family-friendly pizza restaurant chain, could easily spend $125. With a two-for-one printable voucher, this could be slashed by almost $35. An even better deal can be had at La Tasca, a popular Spanish restaurant chain. La Tasca’s 50% off food voucher would save the same family almost $50 on a typical bill of $125 that included drinks.
It’s not just restaurant chains either. How about 2 for 1 pre-theatre meals at the elegant Johnstons Brasserie at the luxurious Strand Palace Hotel? Or the stylish Mimosa restaurant, just a stone’s throw from the legendary Harrods in well-heeled Knightsbridge, which is offering 50% off food.
Another great way to get cheap eats is to log on to the Time Out restaurant guide. An online bible for food-loving Londoners, this guide has all the latest independent reviews and reveals the latest budget restaurant secrets.
Taking in a show in London’s West End is likely to be high on your to-do list but it is very expensive. Avoiding paying full price usually means running the gauntlet of ticket touts or wasting an afternoon queuing up for hours for a cut-price ticket.
But there is an alternative: with a Lovetheatre promotional code from VoucherCodes.co.uk, you can book online and save up to 40% on popular shows, including Billy Elliot, Dirty Dancing and Hairspray.
There will be nights, particularly after a hard day tramping around the city, when you just want to hang out at the hotel. Hop online and use Pizza Hut vouchers to get 2 for 1 pizza either delivered to your room or for collection from your nearest outlet.
Hopefully, some of these tips will help you avoid being ripped off and enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge you are being as frugal as possible.
Obviously this post is about vouchers or coupons that will save you money in London. But what’s your favorite city to visit? And how do you save money on travel?