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ShermansTravel experts rely on years of collective travel experience to bring you the best money-saving tips for your vacation. We take a discerning look at all the attraction passes, public transportation options, and other local bargains to make sure you get the most bang for your buck while traveling.

London Money-Saving Tips

Sneak A Peek at British Politics

Do your best to nab a seat during a Parliamentary debate (Mon.–Thurs.) or Prime Minister’s Question Time (noon Wed.) at the Palace of Westminster (free seating on a first-come basis, with UK residents getting first dibs; www.parliament.uk).

Oyster Card

Avoid fumbling for coins with this multi-ride access pass for public transportation – trust us, it's a must. Store up to GBP£90 on the card and pay as you go; fares are discounted for card users.

Snag the Best Seat in the House

If you have your heart set on a particular West End show, try the theater box office on performance day. They often have prime seats available. Less finicky theatergoers can save money at the half-price tkts booth in Leicester Square.

Travel like James Bond

Bypass the lumbering sightseeing boats on the Thames and get a cinematic view of the city courtesy of the zippy 12-seat inflatables operated by Flying Fish Tours.

Picnic in Royal Style

London's pricey, but an afternoon picnic in serene Green Park or neighboring St. James's Park, with its view of Buckingham Palace's famous guards, makes for an inexpensive afternoon. Grab sandwiches from nearby Marks & Spencer's Simply Food.

Breakfast at Wimbledon

Tickets for the main tennis courts sell out far in advance via public drawing, but 500 tickets are released daily (except the final four days) during the June tournament for those willing to queue with cash – and wait overnight.

Bag a Bargain

There are various sightseeing passes on offer to make a trip to London better value. One is the London Pass, www.londonpass.com a day pass that gives fast access to a range of London’s very best sights. The other is the Days Out Guide, www.daysoutguide.co.uk, which gives two-for-one tickets on many attractions.

Laterooms.com

If you are making a last minute trip to the capital check out the website, www.laterooms.com, as it often has extremely good discounts on hotel rooms.

The Religious Experience

Pay your respects to past monarchs by attending mass at Westminster Abbey (held multiple times daily; all are welcome). While attending a service is one of the only ways you’ll get an inside look at the famed cathedral for free, the adjoining, centuries-old Cloisters is worth a peek and never charges admission. 

The Royal Treatment

Get your royal fix (without paying a king’s ransom) by witnessing the changing of the guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 

Find Local Flavors at the Markets

Browse jungles of stalls hocking unique and international wares at Camden and Brick Lane Markets.

Free Museums

A startling number of London’s first-rate galleries and museums cost nary a thing, including the Tate Modern (www.tate.org.uk/modern) and the British Museum (www.britishmuseum.org), home of the Rosetta Stone. The Victoria & Albert (www.vam.ac.uk), with 4.5 million-object decorative arts collection, is a must-see, flanked by huge fountains and lion statues in scenic Trafalgar Square. 

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“If you plan to utilize public transportation, look into purchasing an unlimited pass that is valid for the length of your stay.”

Lisa Hubner Travel Deal Expert

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