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
Average weekly grocery bill
Average pub meal
Average restaurant meal
£15 - £20
Pint of beer
Average bottle of wine in supermarket
Average meal for two in mid-priced restaurant
One-way ticket on local transport
£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
£9 - £10
Monthly gym membership
Show on the West End
International live music concerts
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 for basic survival, which includes a dorm room, a one-day travel card and food. 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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