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London’s calling — but not for your wallet. While the metropolitan city is jam packed with activities for the posh traveler who has tons to spend, there is also plenty to see and do for your more budget-minded clients as well. For one thing, London is one of those rare cities where owning a car is more of an encumbrance than a convenience.
The public transportation system, fondly referred to as the tube, is one of the most extensive in the world and will get your clients virtually anywhere. Holding an Oyster card allows riders to add train fare at local convenience stores and online, enabling eager travelers to navigate the city quickly without breaking a sweat (or their wallet). Not only does the Oyster card work for the Tube, but most buses accept it as well, bringing visitors one step closer to their desired stop.
If riding a fast-moving vehicle is not your thing, London is just as much a pedestrian-friendly city; some even say that walking is the only way to truly appreciate all that the city has to offer. London’s sheer abundance of parks, museums and famous landmarks, all available within walking distance, only becomes more awe-inspiring when seen up close. All that your clients have to do is show up.
Here are five more examples of how your clients can maximize their London experience, without spending too much cash.
See a musical at Piccadilly Circus
Visit a museum or two
For me, the icing on top of the cake was definitely a visit paid to the British Library, a knowledge museum of sorts and a dream come true for bookworms, music and science lovers and intellectuals alike. It’s all there, including the works of Da Vinci, Blake, Austen, Milton, Beethoven, Shakespeare and Chaucer. You feel smarter just stepping into the place. Despite its audacity of displayed works, however, the British Library was, surprisingly, not that crowded. We navigated through it at a leisurely pace without getting lost in the crowds and had ample time to spend at each exhibit. And the library doesn’t have the stuffy, ostentatious feel of worldly libraries either — it was almost like stepping back in time into the library of a famous person’s home, only that of someone you actually like and admire. www.bl.uk
Take a spin on the London Eye
Are your clients scared of heights? No problem. There’s no way they can fall out of the wheel’s giant glass capsules, complete with a full set of doors and air conditioning. But if they’re still not convinced it’s safe, advise that they take a friend or significant other along. There’s nothing more romantic than seeing the sunset some 443 feet off the ground, right? www.londoneye.com
See a play at the Shakespeare Globe
Get afternoon tea