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Money and costs

Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
  • Dorm bed: £12–30
  • Market-stall lunch or supermarket sandwich: £3.50–5
  • Many museums: free
  • Standby theatre tickets: £5–25
  • Santander Cycles daily rental fee: £2
  • Double room: £100–200
  • Two-course dinner with glass of wine: £35
  • Temporary exhibitions: £12–18
  • Theatre tickets: £15–60
Top end (more than)
  • Four-star or boutique hotel room: more than £200
  • Three-course dinner in top restaurant with wine: £60–90
  • Black cab trip: £30
  • Top theatre tickets: £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.


  • 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. Do not tip at the bar.

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

  • Taxis Londoners generally round the fare up to the nearest pound only.