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London on the cheap

  • By SilverTraveller Terry

    144 reviews

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  • Jul 2013
  • Solo

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London on the cheap, can you do it? Yes you can! The purpose for my stay in London was simply for visiting a relative in hospital. It was Wimbledon fortnight, so naturally most hotels in my price bracket were fully booked. It was a challenge to keep to a tight budget. It seemed that the prices of hotel rooms in central London were astronomical. So eventually, I plumped for Travelodge Greenwich. I travelled via Virgin Trains, booked online with my Senior Rail Card discount at off-peak times. Travelling first class was actually very good value. You get the use of the first class lounge on the station with free drinks and snacks. You also get free meals, drinks and newspapers on board with Wi-Fi if you need it. Arriving at Euston, I went to the travel information centre on the main concourse. My aim was to travel around London during my stay taking the cheapest form of transport. Showing my Senior Rail Card, I was advised to get an off-peak Day Travel Card, which could be used on all buses, trains and underground.I obtained a new card each day (costing £5.90) at the machine at my nearest station (this proved to be quite a simple procedure) This Travel Card was used to the max! From Euston I went by tube changing at Bank station for the Docklands Light Railway. You get wonderful views of the newly regenerated docklands area via this route and all the platforms are accessible by lifts. My destination was Deptford Bridge station just by my hotel. Travelodge Greenwich proved to be clean and comfortable with attentive staff. I decided to opt for breakfast each day and, by booking in advance online, got £1 reduction. The "all you can eat" buffet breakfasts were quite good value. A selection of hot food, cereals, drinks, fruit and confectionary was available. There was some traffic noise, but I imagine this is no different to other London hotels. Due to the nature of my relative's operation, I could not prolong my visits to the hospital, so had some time to explore parts of London. My aim was to keep expenses to the minimum. So the iconic National Gallery in Trafalgar Square was a must, with masterpieces from the Barber Institute of Fine Arts and so many other great works of art – all for free. It was an interesting walk from St Thomas's hospital past all the famous sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Horse Guards, Admiralty Arch, the Mall, St Martin in the Fields and Neal's Yard. To further save money, I ate at Wetherspoons The Lord Moon of the Mall. Some may scoff, but I had good food and beer, so was quite satisfied.. En route via the DLR, I stopped off at Canary Wharf for a stroll around and on to Cutty Sark station. There is so much to see in this part of Greenwich many of which are free admission. I looked around the Old Royal Naval College and Greenwich Market. Of course what suited my pocket was the Wetherspoons The Gate Clock right by the station! "Spot on" beer and good value food, what more could a scrimpy person want! The name, of course, refers to the first clock to display Greenwich Mean Time. Time itself was something that, under the circumstances, I did not have enough of….

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  • Su
    over 6 years ago
    Some great tips!