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London travel deals

See the Smoke without losing sight of your budget.

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London city skyline at sunset

Home to the Tower Bridge, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Covent Garden and more sights than we can fit on a page, London is on many a bucket list. See how to plan your UK adventure without breaking the bank.

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Try our new Sunday Brunch Cruise and enjoy London's riverside landmarks while sipping on a glass of sparkling wine.

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Flight deals to London from just $251 return

Available select dates from January to May 2020, fly to London with Air Canada, British Airways, American Airlines, Delta and other airlines from just $251 return.

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Compare rates at London hotels from just $10

Book hotels, hostels, apartments and more within London, with rates starting at just $10 per night.

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Save up to 40% on London day tours, attractions and London activities

Browse more than 400 things to do in London, including Harry Potter Warner Bros. Studio Tours, hop-on/hop-off bus passes, London Eye, and day trips to Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor Castle and other destinations in England.

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Find cheap hotels in London from just $53 per night

Compare prices at London hotels in Southwark, Wembly, Central London, Westminster, Docklands, Canary Wharf and other parts of London to get the best rates with Booking.com

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Enjoy access to 80+ London attractions including the Tower of London. Huge Savings vs. gate prices

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How to travel cheap to London

Although London can be expensive to visit, you can trim your spending and still have a blast during your stay.

Time of year

Tourists flock to London in late spring and summer for warmer weather. Plan your trip for October or November to cash in on discounted rates, while still enjoying mild weather. Alternatively, look for deals in April and May before the hot rush starts back up.

Best time to visit London

Cheap flights

Flights from the US to London are usually cheapest in the winter. So if you don’t mind a little chill, you could rake in savings on a plane ticket in January or February.

And while last-minute bookings can sometimes help you save if your travel dates are flexible, you should generally book around four months in advance to lock in the best deal.

London flights guide

Money tips

When planning your London trip, these money-saving tips can help you stick to your budget:

  • Check the exchange rate. Exchange rates often fluctuate, so keep an eye out for favorable trends between the US dollar and British pound. Even a small difference in the exchange rate could add up to significant savings by the time you factor in dining out, souvenirs, tips and other spending while away.
  • Look for package travel deals. Travel booking sites often offer discounted rates when you book airfare, accommodations, rental cars and other travel needs together.
  • Get a visitor Oyster card. London’s extensive public transportation system can help you get around the city with ease — and cheaply when you use a visitor Oyster card instead of buying single-use tickets.
  • Take advantage of free attractions. Lots of must-see museums and attractions in this capital city don’t cost a dime. Check out Tate Modern, National Gallery and British Museum for free. And make your way to iconic monuments like Big Ben, the London Eye and the famous Abbey Road crosswalk to take selfies.
  • Buy theater tickets in advance. The city’s West End is chock-full of top-rated shows performed in historical theaters as mesmerizing as the plays themselves. Book your tickets online in advance to secure a seat at a reasonable price.

Accommodation

The Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster areas are generally the priciest places to stay and eat out in the city. If you’re traveling on a budget, make these locations day trip spots rather than your home base.

Open to staying in a hostel? You could snag a room for less than $20 per night at Click78 in the King’s Cross area. Or stay in an affordably-priced London flat or apartment found on Airbnb.

To explore more lodging options, check out our guide to London hotels for every budget.

What about last-minute travel?

If your travel dates are flexible, you might be able to find a deal on last-minute hotel rooms that haven’t been booked yet. But you’re less likely to find significant savings on last-minute plane tickets. Expect to find the best flight deals on international flights when you book at least four months in advance.

Bottom line

Touring one of the world’s most expensive cities is possible on a budget — you just have to know where to look for the best deals. And unlike many other destinations, booking your flight to London well in advance will likely add up to the biggest bargain.

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