London has one of the most attractive holiday seasons. Millions of visitors travel here during December to experience a London Christmas. In 2016, tourism arrivals went up 7 percent or 4.3 million, a record-breaking feat.
As one of the peak seasons in the city, Christmas then could mean high travel costs for anyone who wants to visit the City. The good news is that there are ways to enjoy the bright lights and happy London atmosphere without breaking the bank.
Stay long-term in hostels.
The best way to experience the holidays in London is to be around for about two weeks, but that would mean expensive accommodation for you. Well, it won’t be with LHA London, which offers cheap hostel accommodation in the City. You can choose among various “home away from home” properties that are accessible, safe, and flexible.
Skip Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The holidays come early in London. As early as the first week of November, you may already see festive lights in key areas such as Oxford Street. Watching their display is free.
Best of all, visiting the City during this period gives you more space to move around and offers affordable prices everywhere. Moreover, you can save yourself the hassle of complicated planning. But if you visit London on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, you will find that public transport is not available and that it might be limited during the Christmas period. Most businesses are also likely closed.
Experience Christmas for free.
Plan your itinerary around free places and activities. For example, you can catch Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park or sing Christmas carols in Trafalgar Square. If you want to see the West End musicals, you may want to schedule that after the New Year’s Day. Otherwise, you should get ready for throngs of visitors and long lines for tickets.
If you have some money to spare, bring your kids to Kensington Palace to experience a Victorian Christmas. It’s free for those who are below 16 years old.
London is certainly an expensive city, and it gets even pricier during the holidays. But with these three budget tips, you can enjoy Christmas and keep your life savings.