Luxury For Less
- London On A Shoestring by Freelance Writer
Selecting London hotels based
on location as well as price can make a London vacation both comfortable
and affordable even on a shoestring budget. There are many hotels located
within an easy walking distance to "The Tube." The Tube is London's most
commonly used form of transportation for residents and it can make getting
around the city fast, easy, and affordable. With 275 Tube stations throughout
London, it's not difficult to find a hotel within easy walking distance
to one of these stations, giving travelers easy access to the many sights
and experiences London has to offer.
guided tours of London can be costly and most museums charge admission,
there are many things to do in this wonderful city that don't cost a dime.
For instance, visitors may want to check out Speakers' Corner in Hyde Park.
Other suggestions include the many parks located in London, viewing art
at Kenwood House and the National Gallery, watching London light up at
dusk while walking the Embankment, or trying the free food samples that
Harrods always has to offer. Many affordable London hotels are located
in close proximity to these attractions or are just a short Tube ride away.
Dining in London does not
have to break the bank either. There are certainly many wonderful restaurants
in London for those who seek a luxurious (and expensive) dinner, but the
true adventure of London comes in part from the pub experience. Not only
can travelers get a pint of their favorite local ale, but they can also
indulge in traditional English fare: Fish and chips, bangers and mash,
Ploughman's lunch, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding. Additionally, the
pub is a great place to meet some of the locals and hear about some of
the area's history and folklore. Visitors may also learn of the favorite
haunts of London residents and have the chance to see a side of city that
other, less adventurous travelers might miss.
Saving money while on vacation
may be a necessity for some travelers. For others, the savings may provide
the opportunity to splurge on something very special, something to be remembered
for years after the vacation. This splurge might be a dinner prepared by
a world-renowned chef, enjoying a theatre production, or a memorable stay
at one of many luxurious London hotels.
Unlike many other holiday
or vacation destinations, London can accommodate all budgets, even very
small ones. There are several London hotels available for £28 (about
US $55) or less, many of which are located close to the Tube. The Tube
provides fast, affordable, and easy transportation around the entire city,
making it simple for visitors to get from one sight to the next without
the expense of car rental or parking fees. London features many admission-free
attractions and sometimes the best way to find them is by visiting a pub,
enjoying a pint and some grub, and taking up conversation with one of the