Kaplan International's guide of how to live for less in London

Kaplan's Guide to cut costs of living in London

Ok, we’ll admit it; when a city is as incredible as London, it can get expensive. Don’t worry though; Kaplan International Colleges is here to help. Here’s how to enjoy London’s exciting world of possibilities for less while you study English with Kaplan.

London is a huge city, so you’re going to need to travel around a bit to uncover its hidden gems. An Oyster card is a great way to save on London public transport, as it automatically chooses the cheapest fare for you. The brand new London cycle hire scheme is also a money saver, as bike hire is completely free for members for the first 30 minutes.

Why not start your UK adventure by watching the impressive changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace or explore the beautiful Hyde Park – just some of London’s top free sights. Next, immerse yourself in British culture at the museum of London, or another fascinating free London museum.

You can even get 2-for-1 vouchers on some of England’s most popular attractions through National Express coaches. With this amazing offer, you and your fellow Kaplan English students can enjoy the London Zoo and thrilling West End plays for half-price.

You’ll probably have worked up an appetite after all that! Luckily, the afternoon is the best time to visit one of London’s many food markets as stallholders often lower their prices to unbelievable levels before they head home. If you prefer eating out, book ahead at the Angel Curry centre for 5 delicious courses for under £10. That’s not all though, you can also save on drinks as this welcoming restaurant lets you bring your own bottle from home.

Finally, try out the one thing you thought you couldn’t do on a budget; shopping. From bargain hunting at Brick Lane market to swap-shops like The Loft, there are plenty of ways to get more for your money in London.

In fact, with so many free and inexpensive things to do in London, the only thing you’ll be running out of is time.

Got any other helpful tips on cheap London living? Leave a comment to share them with other readers.

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Are you interested in traveling to London? Kaplan has created the 8 Great Things to do in London motiongraphic, which shows the best things to do in the capital, according to our students. Click on the motiongraphic link to join the conversation.

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