England Travel Guide
England is one of four countries that make up the United Kingdom, located in the west of Europe. While England in itself is stunning and is home to many castles, sights and pretty towns, there is one city that receives more tourists than any other in Europe – London. London is a buzzing and busy capital of England and generally the first point of arrival for anyone traveling around England. It is located in the South-East part of England is home to almost 9 million people.
This travel guide focuses primarily on London, but once I travel to more places in England I will be updating the information here as well.
Things to See and Do in England
- Shop in London
- Visit the Saatchi Gallery
- Eat Fish & Chips
- Day trip to Brighton
- Shop for unique Vintage
- Try Afternoon Tea
- Pub Crawl in Liverpool
- See Stonehenge
Typical Costs When Travelling
Accommodation – You can expect to find accommodation for any budget in England. A room on Airbnb in London will cost you around $60 USD per night. A mid-range hotel will cost you around $200 USD per night. Peak seasons (such as December) can get very busy so make sure you book at least a month in advance.
Food – Expect to pay around $6 USD for a street food market meal, and at least $15 USD for a meal in an average restaurant. You will find that most restaurants will also add a 12.5% service charge on your bill, so be prepared for that extra. A gin-tonic in a pub will cost you around $7 USD and upwards of $20 USD in a cocktail bar.
Transportation – Getting around London is easiest with public transportation. A daily cap is £7 for tube and buses, but the prices will depend largely on which zones you are traveling to. If you are traveling to other cities, then consider using buses like Megabus for the cheapest rides. Trains tend to be the priciest in England. Uber is also available and a good option for when the tubes stop operating.
Suggested daily budget
$200 USD. Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a mid-range hotel, eating out in mid-range restaurants and using public transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!
1. Food on reduced prices – I loved this life hack when I was a student in London. Supermarkets in the UK reduce food prices towards the evening, so go check out their reduced section and get food for up to 70% less.
2. Ride the bus – If you plan on traveling big distances, then make sure to check out websites like Megabus for good bus ride offers. I once traveled from London to Manchester for a mere £2!
3. Rent a room on Airbnb – Hotels are pricey in the UK, so for a great deal that still has some privacy (aka not a bunk bed in a hostel), book a room through Airbnb. There are hundreds of offers everywhere.
4. Go on Groupon – Find deals for activities, hotels, food and more. The website is perfect for those of you who are open to going somewhere new and experience it for cheaper.
When to visit England
Summer (June-September) is without a doubt the best time to visit England. This is also the peak season for tourism and cities like London can get very busy during these months. To avoid crowds in the warmer months, then visit late May or September. It might be slightly more rainy, but there won’t be as many people on the streets.
Christmas time turns England into a winter wonderland, so if you’re into lights, decorations and Christmas shopping, then you simply must visit in December. But beware, it will be very busy!