London is one of the most cultural, diverse, and thrilling cities in the world – but it is also one of the most expensive to visit, especially during the summer holidays. Why not take the kids on a trip to London in a quieter month, like May or June? Beat the crowds and enjoy a city break which doesn’t break the bank.

There’s no shortage of things to do in London, so here are some of the ways you can enjoy the city on a smaller budget:


The Oyster card
Oyster cards are essential for London travel. Don’t be fooled into paying for individual tube journeys – they can cost you twice as much as compared to travelling with an Oyster card. Pick up a Visitor Oyster card at an airport or tube station when you arrive in London. To use an Oyster card, touch the card on the yellow reader at the gates as you enter and end your Underground journey. Save those precious pennies for your kids’ holiday pocket money.

Buy a London Pass
While some of London’s museums are free, the city’s more popular tourist attractions, like Westminster Abbeythe Tower of London or, are pricey. Again, avoid paying for individual tickets! Research ahead of time, hunt around for online discounts, and invest in the London Pass. This sightseeing city card includes everything you need – family tickets for one low price, saving you money, time, and hassle.


Don’t be afraid to walk
Though you’ll want to make use of public transport for longer journeys, London is also a great city for walking. Walking costs nothing, helps to expel some of the kids’ energy, and is an ideal opportunity to see some of the city’s sights. At peak travel times, walking is even quicker than public transport, especially if you’re heading between Covent Garden and Leicester Square.

Supermarket sweep
When you’re with all the family, dining out is always expensive, and this is especially the case in London. Eating out is not always necessary, however. Slash costs by grabbing food at local supermarkets, which offer a variety of pre-made lunches, snacks, and treats, often catered towards children. Enjoy a picnic in a park instead of a restaurant meal, and you’ll find that you have extra money for goodies like souvenirs.

The freebies
London boasts a wealth of landmarks and tourist attractions which you can visit at no cost whatsoever. If the weather is nice, opt for an outdoor location like Hyde Park or Hampstead Heath. For an indoor experience, take in some culture at the Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum, and the Southbank Centre. Attractions like the Changing of the Guard are also free, and quite a spectacle for children to watch.

Location, location, location

City centre hotels in London can be very costly. Instead, try a quirkier area with lots of character and a more affordable price tag. The hotels in Shepherds Bush come highly recommended.

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