How to Travel London for Only 87K Pesos Budget

Are you looking for a budget trip to visit London? I’m from the Philippines, I traveled solo in London recently, and I only spent 87,866 for my nine-day stay. Yup, cheaper than my 9-day trip to Japan.

I was able to visit Scotland as well for another three days during my stay in Europe. Because I only spent 87K in London, I saved an excess fund of 33K for my whole European trip as many travel agencies ask around 150,000 or more for this kind of travel package.

So what did I do, and how did I travel the UK having that budget? Read on.

My London Travel Itinerary:

London is one of the best cities in the world, according to millennials. My travel in London includes visiting these famous tourist spots. Every corner of London is actually picturesque, perfect for Instagram.

  • Buckingham Palace
  • London Eye
  • Westminster Abbey
  • Tower Bridge
  • Tower of London
  • Trafalgar Square
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • Oxford Street
  • Regent Street
  • Bond Street
  • Covent Garden
  • Soho
  • Notting Hill
  • Neal’s Yard
  • Seven Dials
  • Carnaby Street
  • Liberty London
  • Swiss Glockenspiel in Leicester Square
  • The Gherkin (St. Mary Axe)
  • The Shard
  • Portobello Road
  • Camden Market
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • London China Town
  • Harrods

I also got some short clips and made a video about it above. Consider it as my London travelogue. So many things to do in London in every place listed above. The food is amazing, too.

How I Traveled London with Only 87K Pesos Travel Budget:

1. Browse Flights in Private or Incognito Mode

Flight search engines use cookies and web beacons that monitor your flight searches. To hide your browsing searches, use Incognito mode. Always do this so that prices won’t increase whenever you search for hotel accommodations and flights.

2. Book a Roundtrip Flight to London Using Airline Promo

I booked using airlinepromo.net. That website always gives the cheapest flights wherever I travel. I booked a direct non-stop flight from Manila to Heathrow airport. It’s a 14-hour non-stop flight. Thanks to Philippine Airlines, they offer these flights.

I like PAL because their flights are always smooth and on time. Time is money, so a direct flight saves a lot of energy and time. Airfare for my trips was 47,450.

3. Book Your Hotel Accommodation 3 Months or More Before Your Travel Date

I used Airbnb for my London stay because I wanted to experience living like a local. When I returned from Scotland to London, I booked a hotel in Soho, London using Booking.com as they have free cancellation offers.

My AirBnB London apartment cost was 17,349 (with breakfast), while my hotel in Soho was 5,292.

4. Reserve Your Free London Tours

Yes, there are free tours available in most of Europe. You only need to reward a tip (not mandatory) for the tour guide assigned for your tour. I paid my tour guide 5 British pounds for my tour in London, covering almost all the tourist attractions in central London.

How to Book Your Free London Tours?

You can book your free London tours at Sandeman’s website. They also offer free tours in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and other European cities.

free tours london

The tour guide was cool, funny, and friendly and even shared surprising spots in London like the street where they shot some Diagon Alley scenes. Hey, are you a fan of Harry Potter? Because I am.

5. Buy an Oyster Card

Oyster Card is a prepaid card that you can use for journeys on the bus, Tube, tram, river bus, and most National Rail services in London.

You can load 10 British pounds as a beginner. Then load again if needed.

Where to Buy an Oyster Card in London?

You can buy this card at train stations or online. The Oyster card never expires, meaning you can use it on your next visit to London, or you can lend it to your friends or family.

oyster card London pass

6. Get a Discounted Ride from Uber

I enjoyed using Uber in London because most of the time, I did not want to walk outside to find an underground (subway) because it was so cold when I went there. It even snowed. Want a discount from Uber? You can get one if you are a first-time user. Download its mobile app.

7. Get familiar with London

After my two-hour London tour, I got familiar with London a bit, so the next day, I explored other places my own.

Walking around the streets in London would bring you to the next famous attractions. Like Oxford Street, Piccadilly Circus, Regent Street, Soho, and the like are all closer to each other. You’ll be surprised to find each spot just by walking.

I suggest you download these free apps as they can help and guide your journey even without wifi.

  • London Offline City Map
  • Tube Map London Underground

8. Use a Free Wifi

Forget renting an internet hotspot and save your money because you can find free wifi almost every corner of London. Places like Starbucks, Caffé Nero, Mc Donald’s, Costa Coffee, and Pret A Manger has free wifi. Can’t find free wifi? Find any O2 Wifi hotspot and connect. It’s free! Yay!

London Travel Pocket Money

Many people ask how much is the daily budget to stay in London? According to travelers, it’s approximately $110 per day, including food, accommodation, attractions, transportation, and the extra stuff.

Since I already settled my hotel with breakfast, I only needed to spend money for my lunch, dinner, transportation, and tour tips. The breakdown of my expenses is listed below.

how to travel london low budget philippines

London Travel Low Budget Breakdown:

LondonCost in Php
Airfare (PAL Roundtrip Direct Flight)47,450
Travel Tax1,620
AirBnB (7 days w/ breakfast)17,349
Hotel (4 days)5,292
Oyster Card1,260
Uber Rides4,500
Tour Guide Tip315
Food (lunch, dinner)10,080
Total Expenses87,866

Note that the budget above does not include visa processing, travel insurance (optional), and pocket money. Make sure you have a visa already before you book anything. To guide you about the visa process, read the guide below.

Helpful UK Travel Guides for Filipino Travelers:

About Fehl Dungo

Licensed Career Service Professional, tech investor, founder of Philpad, and published author of a poetry book at Barnes&Noble.

5 thoughts on “How to Travel London for Only 87K Pesos Budget”

  1. Great stuff you have here Fehl! I truly appreciated the expense breakdown, it gives everyone an idea of what to expect in terms of spending. I don’t think I’d spend $110 a day though. I even heard about London grocery store escorts,did you? I’m quite shocked really.

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  2. The great blog post that manages to encompass much London has to offer! London has so many places to visit. It is a great article for the readers who will travel to London for the first time with whole budget planning and everything. Thanks for sharing the useful article. I also started a London Blog 5UK. Hope you to give a look at my blog.

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