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 9 days stay. Yup, cheaper than my 9-day trip in Japan.
I was able to visit Scotland as well for another 3 days during my stay in the 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 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
- 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
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 below. The food is amazing, too.
How to Travel London with Affordable Budget?
- Browse Flights in Private or Incognito Mode
- Book a Roundtrip Flight Using Airline Promo
- Book Hotel Accommodation 3 Months or More Before Your Travel Date
- Reserve Free London Tours
- Buy an Oyster Card
- Get a Free Ride from Uber
- Get familiar with London
- Use Free Wifi
How I Traveled London with Only 87K Pesos:
Browse Flights in Private or Incognito Mode
Book a Roundtrip Flight 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.
Book 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.
Reserve 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 and that covers almost all the tourist attractions in central London. You can book yours at Sandeman’s website. They offer free tours in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and other European cities.
The tour guide was cool, funny and amazing 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.
Buy an Oyster Card
Oyster Card is a prepaid card that you can use for journeys on bus, Tube, tram, river bus and most National Rail services in London actually. You can load 10 British pounds as a beginner. Then load again if needed. You can buy this card at train stations or online. This useful card never expires, meaning you can use it on your next visit to London or you can lend it to your friends or family.
Get a Free 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) coz it was so cold when I went there. It even snowed. Want a free Uber ride? Use this code “marifeld10ui” for your first ride.
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 finding each spot just by walking.
I suggest you download these free apps as they can help and guide your journey even without a wifi.
- London Offline City Map
- Tube Map London Underground
Use 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 need to spend money for my lunch, dinner, transportation, and tour tips. The breakdown of my expenses are listed below.
London Travel Budget Breakdown:
|London||Cost in Php|
|Airfare (PAL Roundtrip Direct Flight)||47,450|
|AirBnB (7 days w/ breakfast)||17,349|
|Hotel (4 days)||5,292|
|Tour Guide Tip||315|
|Food (lunch, dinner)||10,080|
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.