Given London’s popularity and high costs for even a single visitor, a group city break could easily get very expensive, very quickly. Organising a London trip for a group of people may become stressful for everyone involved if the costs start to spiral out of control. But don’t let the prospect of expensive hotels and over-priced tourist attractions put you off. In this article we’ll tell you how to keep your group stay in London firmly on budget without compromising on how you experience the city and everything it has to offer.
What is the cheapest month to travel to London?
In order to get the best overall deals on everything from tickets to accommodation you’ll need to book a time when demand for travel is low. Usually this tends to be February time - the gap between the new year and the last few weeks of winter. Although the weather is not likely to be warm in this period, it offers you a chance to at least scope out the city. The downside to this is not experiencing London during the summer time which is wonderfully vibrant and exciting.
Cheap tickets to London
One of the biggest expenses associated with any group trip is transportation and the cost of getting to the destination. Of course, this depends on how further afield you are traveling from, and what mode of transport you are taking. By being slightly savvy, organised and willing to compromise on routes and times, you can drive down the individual cost per-head and save a considerable amount of money on traveling to London as a group.
Finding cheap train fares to London
Cheap train fares are sometimes hard to find but they can be achieved if you have the following:
● Book with enough notice - Booking months early means that you can often secure much cheaper fares as there’s less of a clear demand forecast at that stage.
● Avoid rush hours - Tickets in the morning and late afternoon are highly sought after by those commuting in and out of London. Opting for times between these peaks will often be cheaper.
● Avoid weekends - Again, weekends are a peak time to travel for tourists. Selecting Thursdays or Wednesdays will be more cost-effective.
● Buy two non-flexible singles - Sometimes the cost of two singles will be slightly cheaper than a single return ticket. Fixed time tickets are also cheaper than flexi-tickets so as long as you are punctual, they are great money savers
● Look at indirect routes to your London - It’s worth weighing up the cost of multiple tickets that end up in London rather than buying a direct route. Go to Split-ticketing for more information.
Save money with budget flights to London
If you are flying to London from abroad you should abide by the principals mentioned above such as booking early, at off-peak times but also opting to use cheaper airlines that may fly from an airport close by to you. A great start is to use flight comparison sites such as:
● Travel Supermarket
How to enjoy cheap sightseeing in London
If you want to keep your group stay in London affordable for everyone, consider low cost or free things to do and see. After all, London has so many free tourist attractions to make the most of.
At Stay Central, we think that you can have a great time without spending a penny. Here are some great ideas for cheap sightseeing in London.
Cheap group activities in London
The great thing about arriving in London is that it is home to so many iconic locations and spaces immortalised by popular culture. Many of these places whether they are landmarks, galleries or locations don’t cost a penny to enjoy and will provide you with hours of fun and plenty of photo opportunities!
See Platform 9 3/4 from Harry Potter
Is your group made up of some serious Harry Potter fans? If so, make sure to pay a visit to a film location that appears throughout the Harry Potter films.
Platform 9 3/4 is tucked away in the back of King’s Cross Station. Visitors can take a photo as they push their trolley through the magical barrier to the other side.
Visit St. Paul's Cathedral
This costs a lot if you buy a ticket to go inside. However, it’s worth knowing that this historic church holds services on weekday evenings and throughout the day on Sundays. These services are free for the public to attend. Unfortunately, if you go to a service you can’t wander around the building but you’ll get to experience this incredible building from the inside.
If your group wants the full tourist experience St. Paul’s Church does offer group discount prices for adult tickets. Adult rates for groups of 10 or more start at £17 with concession prices for groups starting at £15.
Plan a Tate Modern visit
Take in some art at the Tate Modern. If your group loves art and culture The Tate Modern is a perfect place to visit at any time of day. The Tate is free to enter but audio guides are hired for a small cost. There are always paid-for exhibitions, but a great collection of artworks that you can visit for free. The giant turbine hall is also a great place to sit and relax. The gallery opens 10:00 – 18:00 Sunday to Thursday and 10:00 – 22:00 on a Friday and Saturday.
Plan your trip to the Tate Modern for your group now.
Visit Senate House
This incredible building has appeared in several huge Hollywood blockbusters including The Dark Knight Rises, Nanny McPhee and even the upcoming Bond film, No Time To Die’. Senate House is another great place to visit with your group. A beautiful art deco skyscraper located in Bloomsbury, visiting Senate House provides a memorable stop off for any tourist trip in London.
Enjoy a day trip to Greenwich
There’s so much to see at this historical and …spot. Why not walk through the Greenwich foot tunnel which crosses underneath the river Thames from Greenwich to Millwall. Don’t miss the Royal Observatory in Greenwich Park from where Greenwich Mean Time originates. And of course you can’t fail to miss the spectacular Cutty Sark, from which you can follow the Maritime trail to the Greenwich Peninsula with amazing views on the Millennium Dome.