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Luxury travel tips for those on a budget

London certainly has the best of everything that one could want. The city offers the finest luxury hotels, best shopping venues, top-notch entertainment, finest in dining options and some of the most exclusive clubs and bars. In short, the city is synonymous with luxury and comfort. While it is one of the most expensive cities in the world, there also is affordable luxury available, if you just look around. You do not necessarily have to break the bank to enjoy the best that the city has to offer. A few tips that could come in handy to enjoy a luxury holiday in London at an affordable price are:

Choose the right location to stay: One of the most important aspects when staying in London is the location. When it comes to 5-star city hotels London is home to some of the finest accommodation. But then luxury does come with a price!

Not necessarily if you choose a boutique hotel that is located in central London that offers the same levels of comfort and luxury that you would expect from any 5-star accommodation in the city. You do not necessarily need to stay in any of the iconic 5-star hotels in London when there are equally comfortable options available at an affordable price.

The best place to stay on a trip to London is of course in the centre of the city. While staying in the suburbs or outskirts will definitely be a cheaper option, the hassle of travelling back and forth is not a very exciting prospect. Besides you will end up spending a small fortune on travel expenses not to mention the time wasted and inconvenience of changing transport.

There are plenty of luxury boutique hotels in London, like the Montcalm Hotels. These offer the best in premium luxury and facilities and are located in the centre of the city. All of this is at a very competitive price. They are your best bet to stay in sheer luxury without having to shell out a hefty price.

Explore the best of London’s culture free: One of the biggest advantages of enjoying a holiday in London is some of the best cultural spots in London are open for visitors without spending a penny. How cool could that be? Imagine some of the best museums and art galleries in the world are accessible without having to pay an admission fee. While most places in most museums or galleries in London are free to visit, there may be an occasional fee for certain events and programmes. Either way, it is always a good idea to leave a token sum as a donation. Some of the top museums to visit are the British Museum, The Science Museum, The Natural History Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum. Among the top art galleries, there is the Tate Modern, National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Britain, The Serpentine Gallery and the Whitechapel Gallery among others.

Visit the West End: A visit to London would be incomplete without watching a show at its famed West End. There is a host of shows catering to a wide variety of genres from comedy to romance, a tragedy to contemporary theatre, so take your pick and choose a show to watch. There always are the classics to fall back on apart from some of the longest running shows like Les Miserables and Billy Elliott to name just a few, which are definitely worth a watch. You could arrange to get discounted tickets if you make your reservations in advance or even opt to buy tickets at the last minute from the TKTS kiosk on Leicester Square.

Visit the city’s rooftop bars: If the weather permits and you have the good fortune of enjoying perfect weather during your trip a visit to the rooftop bars is highly recommended. They are some of the best spots in the city to catch some of the most spectacular aerial views of London. There is the Sky Garden atop the Walkie-Talkie building that offers brilliant views with access to the gardens free of cost. However, you need to book in advance as they offer limited admission. Other notable places for excellent aerial views include the Culpepper in Spitalfields and the Radio Rooftop Bar that offer gorgeous views of London. There also is the Shard but you will have to pay a rather pricey admission fee.

Try the local street food: London is home to some of the best upscale trendy restaurants in the world and they can be prohibitively expensive. On the other hand, the street food in London is out of the best around and very reasonably priced too. So why not dine like the locals and try the local delicacies ranging from Asian Curries to Korean Kimchi among plenty of other culinary offerings from across the world. Some of the best places to sample the finest in street food are Brick Lane, Maltby Street Markets and Borough Market etc.

Invest in an Oyster card: If you want to save considerably on expenses on a trip to London you need to invest in an Oyster Card. This will get you discounted prices on public transport which will help you save a lot of travel expenses in the city.

Shop wisely: If you want to shop London has some of the best places not to mention Oxford and Regent Streets, known for their high-end shopping options. Instead, choose to shop somewhere where the prices are more agreeable like at the street markets and discounted stores to be found all over the city. There are plenty of great deals available at places like Top Shop, H&M, Zara and Primark to name a select few places, where you can get the best of fashion at reasonable prices.

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