Romancing London Pound For Pound

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Romancing London Pound For Pound

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London is one of the greatest cities in the world. Each nook and cranny,
each towering building and narrow street, each old crumbling castle and
verdant countryside celebrate the old and new. London is where Dickens
thought of Oliver Twist, where Shakespeare had a Midsummer's Night Dream,
and where Mr. Bean stuck his head inside a turkey. London is where
Detective Sherlock Holmes solved cases in Conan Doyle's stories. It is
where Harry Potter traveled by train, from London's ...


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budget hotels in London, budget hotel in London


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London is one of the greatest cities in the world. Each nook and cranny,
each towering building and narrow street, each old crumbling castle and
verdant countryside celebrate the old and new. London is where Dickens
thought of Oliver Twist, where Shakespeare had a Midsummer's Night Dream,
and where Mr. Bean stuck his head inside a turkey. London is where
Detective Sherlock Holmes solved cases in Conan Doyle's stories. It is
where Harry Potter traveled by train, from London's King's Cross railway
station to a magical world of moving photos and hypogriffs.

A Pretty British Penny

In London, nothing is certain except for expense. For five years in a
row, London has consistently placed as one of the Ten Most Expensive
Cities in the World. As rich in culture and tradition as London may be,
it is even richer in tourist spending. Consider the following costs of
basic goods and services in London, after conversion from British pound
to U.S. Dollar:

•   Can of soda:$1.30 US
•   Loaf of bread:$.60 - $2.40 US
•   Downtown London bus ride:$4 US
•   Movie theater ticket:$14-20 US
•   Restaurant meal:$24-40 US
•   Rental of mid-sized car for the weekend:$140 US

Hotels in London are just as pricey, with some costing around $5,000-
$6,000 US per night! However, before you yell “Blimey,” note that London
has more hotels than any other city in Europe. So if you want to avoid
dipping into your retirement fund before you can check into comfortable
lodging, why don't you consider staying in budget hotels in London?

B and B: The Place to Be
A Bed and Breakfast, or B&B, is one of the budget hotels in London. This
type of boarding house is usually located in huge single family homes.
Guests sleep in private bedrooms at night, and are served breakfast in
the morning. B&B prices range range from $100 to $200 US.

A Star at 2 and 3-Star Hotels

If B&B is too much of the simple life for you, two and three-star hotels
are also an excellent option. These budget hotels in London offer
comfortable lodging at an affordable price. Additionally, they often come
with personal and personalized service. Most budget hotels in London that
are of this variety boast of one to three restaurants with huge menus,
and 24-hour room service. Oh, and expect large gyms and garage parking
there as well. Prices of 2-star hotels range from about $60 to $100 US.
Prices for 3-star hotels range from about $90 to $100 US.

A Guest at a Guest House

A guest house is very similar to a Bed and Breakfast. It is a private
home that has been remodeled to accommodate guests. The owner typically
lives in a completely different area on the property. The prices of
London guest houses range from about $40 to $80 US.

Hostel: Not Hostile to Your Wallet

Hostels form a group of communal budget hotels in London. If you're
traveling on a shoestring budget, a hostel is the most practical lodging
option for you. You share a room with up to 10 other people. You sleep in
bunk beds, or beds stacked on other beds. You could look upon this
arrangement as a hardship, or you could see it as a wonderful adventure.
Either way, you get to save money. Hostels will set you back by only $20
or so, but expect no beddings and little service. After all, you can't
have a Porsche for the price of a bike.

London combines the best of all possible worlds. It has the
sophistication of a metropolis, and the ruins of a city that has seen
many civilizations rise and fall. Make the most of your experience by
staying at budget hotels in London. London may be a very costly to visit,
but it's worth every penny. As Samuel Johnson claims, when you've seen
London, you've seen as much of life as the world can show.

				
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