Average cost of accommodation in London
|One bedroom, city centre||£500 - £1,250|
|One bedroom, outside city||£400 - £1,000|
|Three bedrooms, city centre||£725 - £2,000|
|Three bedrooms, outside city||£600 - £1,500|
Cost of food and drink
|Average weekly grocery bill||£60|
|Average pub meal||£12|
|Average restaurant meal||£15 - £20|
|Pint of beer||£3.50|
|Average bottle of wine in supermarket||£7|
|Average meal for two in mid-priced restaurant||£45|
Cost of transportation
|One-way ticket on local transport||£2.30|
|Monthly pass||£125 (standard single, off-peak)|
|Train trip to Cambridge / Brighton||£21.20 (standard single, off peak)|
|Average mid-sized car rental for a weekend||£150 (budget carrier)|
|Return budget flight to Spain||£78 (standard class)|
|Eurostar return ticket to Paris||£100 (standard class)|
|Return flight to Ireland||£125 (economy)|
Cost of entertainment
|Movie||£9 - £10|
|Monthly gym membership||£34|
|Show on the West End||£30|
|International live music concerts||£30+|
London is known as one of the most expensive cities in the world. For an average day, we recommend you budget at least £50.00. A bit of sightseeing or a night out could easily add £30.00 on to this. If you are looking to stay in a modest hotel and eat restaurant meals, you should budget upwards of £90.00 a day. Outside of London, costs do drop quite quickly, especially if you have a transport pass and are able to cook your own meals.
If you eat in a British restaurant, a tip of at least 10% is seen as standard, unless the service was unsatisfactory.
Waitrons are generally paid minimum wage, with much of their income coming from tips. Some restaurants include a service charge on the bill, especially with larger dining groups, in which case leaving a tip is unnecessary.
It is standard to tip hairdressers’ assistants if you are especially pleased with their service. Tipping is always at your discretion - there is no need to leave a tip if you’ve simply had a pint poured at a pub, but the 10% recommendation stands at more upmarket cocktail bars.
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