How Much Money You Need for a Week in London – Complete Breakdown

The capital city of England, London, is on most people’s travel bucket list. However, the cost of visiting London isn’t cheap.

On average, a week in London costs £1,715 for one person or £1,225 for two people sharing accommodation.

Of course, like any trip, you can visit London for less or more money. As someone who visits London at least once a month, here are some ways you can save and splurge while in the city.

London Hotels & Accommodation

Aside from travel, the most expensive part of any trip to London is likely to be accommodation.

An average three-star hotel in Central London typically costs around £140 ($180) per night. However, you can get a dorm in a hostel for as little as £20 ($25) a night or a luxury suite for £600 ($770) or more.

The price you pay for accommodation in London will vary depending on:

  1. The location
  2. The star rating
  3. The time of year

When it comes to finding a great hotel in London, I recommend balancing three things:

  • Fantastic price
  • Great reviews
  • Central location

After all, a cheap hotel with great reviews isn’t worth it if you have to spend hours travelling into and around the city.

Getting Around London

There are several ways you can travel around London:

  • Buses
  • Underground network
  • Trains
  • Riverboats
  • Taxis
  • Bikes

The type of transport you use in London will typically depend on the journey you take. However, most tourists and locals alike use the London Underground the most.

This is the cheapest and quickest way to travel around the city and is surprisingly easy to use once you get the hang of it. You can plan your journey on the London Underground online or use a dedicated mobile app.

A 7-day London travel card costs between £42.70 and £78.00, depending on the zones you want it to cover. Alternatively, you can also use your bank card or an Oyster card to pay as you go.

Attractions & Entertainment in London

You could spend years in London and still not see everything this incredible city offers. As such, I encourage you to match a list of popular attractions and hidden gems to your budget and itinerary.

If you are on a budget, then you’ll be pleased to know London has many free attractions, including:

  • Changing of the guards at Buckingham Palace
  • Elizabeth Tower (Big Ben)
  • British Museum
  • Hyde Park

For London’s other famous attractions, consider a city pass. The London Pass by Go City costs £167 for seven days and includes entry into more than 80 different attractions. Some of the most popular of which include:

  • Tower of London
  • Tower Bridge
  • Westminster Abbey
  • London Zoo

Eating in London

London is one of the most diverse cities in the world. As such, you’ll find any and every cuisine here. So much so, when it comes to food in London, it’s hard to be left disappointed.

I recommend budgeting around £70 per person daily for food in London. That’s around £490 for seven days of eating in the city. With £70, you should be able to:

  • Breakfast: Grab a casual breakfast from a chain such as Pret or Costa.
  • Lunch: You can head to one of London’s famous markets.
  • Dinner: Dine at a popular chain such as Nando’s and Wagamamas or an independent restaurant in the city.


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  1. What about electric wheelchair access.:are there charging stations readily available?