Have you been wanting to go to London but the price of air ticket is a big turn-off for you? Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air just announced that it’ll be launching direct flights from Singapore to London (Gatwick Airport) from September this year. This makes travelling to London on a budget so much easier! Scroll the gallery for more ways.
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With a low-cost carrier
Flights to London can cost up to more than $1,000, depending on how late you make your purchase. The good news is, Norwegian Air is launching non-stop flights from Singapore to London, so this could help you save quite a bit on airfares since it’s a low-cost carrier! At the time of publishing, a return ticket costs about $550, which is still quite a steal!
Go for Airbnb
If you’re hoping for a Grand Hyatt standard at a low price, we’ll be honest – you are not likely to get one. However, a good strategy would be to scour hotel sites or Airbnb for the best deals. We found a studio apartment on Airbnb that seems to be going for as low as $17 per night. Be prepared to fork out more if you’re looking for one in a premium location.
Take public transport
If money, and not time, is your main concern, you can take the Tube from Heathrow Airport to Central London. The London Underground (or the Tube) is the cheapest way to get around London by means of public transportation. Depending on whether you’re planning to travel a lot and the duration of your stay, you might want to get a Visitor Oyster card (their version of EZ-link card) so you don’t have to pay more for single-journey fares. According to the website, you can also use this card on buses, trams, London Overground, DLR, TfL Rail, River Bus and most National Rail services.
Look for cheap eats
Food is always one of the reasons you end up busting your budget because hey, Singaporeans travel to eat, whether in our own country or overseas. If you don’t want to splurge on Michelin-starred restaurants, try Brasserie Zédel, which has been recommended by TimeOut and The Guardian, and got glowing reviews on TripAdvisor. Go for the two-course meal would set you back £9.75 ($17.45), or the three-course meal that costs £12.75 ($22.80). According to their website, this French restaurant offers full English menu upon request, so if you don’t know French and don’t feel like playing the guessing game, you know what to do.
Image: Brasserie Zédel's website
Go for the best deals
You just can’t go to London without enjoying a session of afternoon tea. But, of course, it doesn’t come cheap and prices go for as high as £50 ($89) – probably more than what you pay for a single night at a hotel. Thankfully, AfternoonTea.co.uk lists some of the best offers for afternoon tea, and we even found one that’s going from only £14 (we assume it’s excluding taxes and other charges) at Browns Brasserie & Bar. The restaurant have 25 branches all over United Kingdom, but the branch at Convent Garden will get you butter brioche rolls (you can choose from a selection), scones served with clotted cream and jam, and mini desserts, including cakes and mousse. Afternoon tea is served from 2.30pm to 5pm, and reservations are available online, so be sure to book a table before you go.
Image: Browns Brasserie & Bar's website