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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
£85
  • Dorm bed: £10-32
  • Market-stall lunch: £5, supermarket sandwich £3.50-4.50
  • Many museums: free
  • Standby theatre tickets: £5-25
  • Santander Cycles daily rental fee: £2
Midrange
£85-185
  • Double room: £90-160
  • Two-course dinner with glass of wine: £35
  • Theatre ticket: £15-60
Top end (more than)
£185
  • Four-star/boutique hotel room: £200
  • Three-course dinner in top restaurant with wine: £60-90
  • Black cab trip: £30
  • Top theatre ticket: £65

ATMs are widespread. Major credit cards are accepted everywhere. The best place to change money is in post office branches, which do not charge a commission.

Tipping

  • Hotels Pay a porter £1 per bag; gratuity for room staff is at your discretion.

  • Pubs Not expected unless table service is provided, then £1 for a round of drinks is sufficient.

  • Restaurants Service charge often included in the bill. If not, 10% for decent service, up to 15% if exceptional.

  • Taxis Round fare up to nearest pound only.