Saving Money on a Trip to London

An experienced financial adviser and registered representative in New Jersey, Giro M. Maddaluna has more than a decade of experience in the financial sector. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Giro Maddaluna has traveled widely throughout the United States and has also visited London.

It’s well known that visiting London is a pricey experience. However, there are several ways that you can save money and still have a great London experience. Following are a few examples:

Visit Borough Market: one of the city’s largest food markets, Borough Market is often a cheaper option than dining at a restaurant. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the best days for visiting, and the market is often full of food samples for you to fill up on.

Order an Oyster Card: if you still want to use public transportation, consider investing in a Visitor Oyster Card. This is about half as expensive as a one-day Travelcard or single tickets on public transport systems.

Get theatre tickets through TKTS: buying your tickets to a West End theatre show in Leicester Square at the TKTS booth can cut down the cost by up to 50 percent. The tickets sold at the booth are for that day and are a good alternative if you miss buying in advance.

Buy a London Pass: the London Pass grants you free entry to over 60 attractions in the city, including the Tower of London and London Bridge. If you aren’t interested in a lot of sightseeing, you can easily find discounts for single ticketed sights online.

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Local Attractions Londoners Enjoy

A financial adviser and registered representative of New York Life, Giro M. Maddaluna provides financial and insurance planning services.* Away from work, Giro Maddaluna likes to take time to partake in personal interests, such as traveling to London.

Beyond traditional tourist attractions like Buckingham Palace, London visitors should take a look at the following places to see what local residents enjoy.

Marylebone Stroll

An affluent, residential district, Marylebone Stroll is home to the Wallace Collection. The museum features 25 galleries of 18th-century French paintings and a world-class armory. The area also provides haute couture shopping and specialty stores on Marylebone High Street.

The Tate Modern

Designed by Herzog and De Meuron, the Tate Modern was formerly a power station on the Thames. The art gallery’s exhibits have included works by artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Tacita Dean, who used visual media to celebrate 35mm filmmaking. Just outside the venue is Borough Market, a place to enjoy local foods following an art tour.

The London Eye

A giant Ferris wheel, the London Eye takes visitors to heights that provide unobstructed views of the city. The ride takes 30 minutes and involves entering a glass capsule that holds 25 people. At night, visitors to the London Eye can go on a champagne flight.

*Giro M. Maddaluna, a Registered Representative of and offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, member FINRA/SIPC, A Licensed Insurance Agency, 250 Pehle Ave., Suite 900, Saddle Brook, NJ 07663, 201-845-6900, and a Financial Adviser offering investment advisory services with Eagle Strategies LLC, A Registered Investment Advisor.