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Visiting London on a Budget

London is obviously a world-class city, the capital of England and the UK. To visit this magnificent city is truly everyone's dream. London has a lot to offer, from famous landmarks and museums to unforgettable dining and shopping experiences. So, where do you start in planning your trip? This can be a bit intimidating. Nowadays everyone seems to be on a budget, so is it still possible to have an enjoyable trip to London, given the fact that the exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and British pound can easily translate into a very expensive trip for Americans to the UK? If you have booked a tour package already, good for you. The tips you will find in my London travel pages are geared toward the traveler who wants to find his/her own accommodations and transportation and develop a strategic itinerary in an effort to reduce costs. We visited London on a budget and still had a very memorable and smooth visit. I hope these budget travel tips will be useful to you!

London At a Glance

If you want to explore London and the surrounding region completely and immerse yourself in the local culture, then you may have to live here for a month. But if you have just a few days (perhaps only two or three days) in London, then these are the places that I recommend you visit:

Westminster area: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, Big Ben, Houses of Parliament
Museums: British Museum, National Gallery, British Library, Tate Modern
Historic Sites: Tower of London, Tower Bridge, St. Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theater, Windsor Castle (outside of London)
Shopping, Dining, and Entertainment: Covent Garden, London Eye, Harrods Department Store, Hamleys Toy Store

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