It’s not the first time I wrote this and it’s not the last time I will write this: living in London is expensive. After living here for about two weeks, we’ve learned a few things to work the system.
1) If you want to save money, go to the markets
Whether it’s Camden Market or Borough Market, food here is both delicious and very affordable. These markets are open everyday! We’ve probably spent two plus hours in each, roaming around and sampling all the goodies.
If not, check out the SUPERmarket – hahaha, get it? There’s multiple supermarket stores around our partner school. We have Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, and my personal favorite, Tesco. Everyone has a different preference and it’s depends on what you want to eat. Tesco has affordable fruits, veggies, and other staple goods – that’s good enough for me. For sure, shopping at supermarkets will save you a lot of money. Even if you’re getting a ready to go meal, you’ll likely spend £3-£5 compared to a store bought meal at £8-£15.
Hahaha, if you haven’t already picked this up, I really love food!
2) If you have some down time, go to the parks
London is full of lush, green parks. It’s just so happens that we live close to Hyde Park, Regent Park, and St. Jame’s Park. These are all beautifully kept and free. We’ve spent a few afternoons working and hanging around in the open spaces. They’re perfect for relaxing and recharging after being in the buzz of the city. So bring a book or journal and go soak up some sun when you have the chance.
3) If you want to change things up, go to the shows
On an impulse, we bought tickets to a West End show for £25 two hours before opening. We saw the award-winning Kinky Boots. It was funny and light-hearted, but it also delivered a powerful message: be yourself. If you have free time, go to Leicester Square to pick up cheap tickets. There are plenty of shows on. Lucky for us, we are going to see four shows before our program ends: In the Heights, Kinky Boots, Wicked, and The Phantom of the Opera. Some of my friends even got tickets to the Harry Potter and Cursed Child play! Go try your luck.
4) If you’re not up for the things above, then…
You should check out Time Out. This magazine (and website) provides a wealth of information about things to do in London. They’re always promoting things that are happening today, this weekend, and this month. You’ll never be board. They have the scoop on the food, nightlife, free things, tourist attractions, and heaps more.
Hope this helps!
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