London for Free: Tips to Pinch Pounds

Check out these tips for dining, traveling and sightseeing on a budget

ByOlivia Sterns
October 29, 2008, 5:25 PM

LONDON, Oct. 30, 2008— -- Home to Russian oligarchs, Saudi princes and, of course, British royals, it's no surprise London ranks as the world's most expensive city, according to a report by UBS.

But in this city of deep pockets, it's still possible, with some savvy planning, to stay, eat and experience the best of London on even the smallest of budgets."London is marketed as a city of tourist attractions, but really, it's the vibe that people come for: the markets, just walking round (if you know where to go), the free museums, the red buses," says Simon Crutchley, who started LondonTourist.org, a nonprofit site with advice for planning trips to London on the cheap.Many of the city's cultural highlights, from outdoor concerts in palace gardens to some of Europe's most important art galleries, can come free.Regardless of what kind of traveler you are, take this advice to save some dough. You're sure to find something along the way you'll want to spend it on. And with the British pound now hovering at a five-year low against the U.S. dollar, this may be the perfect time to go.

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