What is the cost of living in London?

The Cost Of Living In London Is More Expensive Than Many Places Around The World

Many believe the cost of living in London is more expensive than the rest of the UK, and according to reports it is. London has become so expensive that thousands of people who work in the capital cannot afford to live there.

With the high house prices and the extremely high rental prices, many of those who do decide to live in London have to share a room in a house.  This is not ideal for those wishing to buy their first property or to rent their own flat, but with the high unemployment in the UK, many people have no other option.The average price. Depends what part of london but you are looking at around £400,000 to buy one. For a basic flat to rent, you are looking at around £1,600 per month but you will not get much for that.

For people visiting London, many are shocked at how high the prices are for food, entertainment and travel compared to other countries around the world. A stay in a hotel is much more expensive than most other parts of the country, and that is why many tourist who visit London either stay in a Bed and Breakfast or a hostel.

A pint of beer in London can cost on average nearly £5, which is much more expensive than the rest of the UK. Even soft drinks have become expensive, including bottled water.

An average meal in McDonalds will cost around £5.15, which is not bad considering other prices on food. Shopping in supermarkets is much more expensive in London compared to the rest of the country, which includes personal care items such as hair shampoo that is priced at around £4.44.

Many travel experts believe the high prices in London are putting off the tourists and driving them to other parts of the country including Manchester. Many suggest a person visiting London should bring with them 50% more in spending money than they would visiting other countries around the world.

Although the prices are high in London, the capital is still one of the most visited capitals in the world.

Sample cab fare price:  Start : Great North Way, London NW4 1PT, UK

End: Saint Mary Somerset Tower, London EC4V, UK   £ 35.60

UK Tourist Visa

Thinking of a UK Tourist Visa?  You may need to apply for a General Visitor Visa.  It really depends on where you are coming from and your status with the United Kingdom.  In some cases you don’t need a visa.  You can check if you need a UK visa at https://www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa.

As the Brits would say, the site is “brilliant”!  It asks you a few questions and the lets you know if you need a uk visa:

What Passport do you have?

What are you coming to the UK to do?

For example, I have a Philippines passport and I would like to visit the UK for tourism.  So I need a General Visit Visa to visit the UK.

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The General Visit Visa is for the following:

  • you want to visit the UK for leisure, eg as a tourist on holiday
  • you’re from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland
  • you’re visiting friends or family who aren’t permanent residents in the UK
  • you’re donating an organ to a relative or friend

I would have to apply months in advanced because it will take a while to get information on whether or not I can go:

  • You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.
  • You should get a decision on your visa within 3 weeks.
  • Check the guide processing times to find out how long getting a visa might take in the country you’re applying from.
    courtesy of thaivisa-express.com

    courtesy of thaivisa-express.com

According to gov.uk:

  • You can stay in the UK for up to 6 months with a General Visitor visa.
  • You can also apply for a long-term visit visa if you can prove you need to make repeat visits over a longer period. You can stay for a maximum of 6 months on each visit and your visa can last for 1, 2, 5 or 10 years.

My husband, using his USA passport going to UK for tourism, would not need a General Visit Visa.  The site offers a little uk visa advice and states that if he had a criminal record or had be previously denied entry to the UK, he would need to apply for a ukvisa.

Immigration uk

fyi – If you wanted immigrate to the UK then things change quite a bit.  UK immigration rules are quite different from just visiting for a short time.  You can get more information on types of immigration and visas here: https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration or if you are already in the uk: https://www.gov.uk/contact-ukvi

London travel tips

 This post was sent to dimetravel from someone who traveled to London.

There are a lot of places in the world that are overrated.  When everyone hyping up a tourist attraction it is easy to get sucked into it.  That being said, London, England has three horrible places you must avoid as if you life depends on it.

No matter how attractive it looks, no matter how many people try to tell you to go DO NOT listen.  Here are the places to black list:

  • Borough Market (on the Weekends)
  • Oxford Street
  • Buckingham Palace

1. Borough Market on Weekends

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Borough Market will try to lure you in with a wide range of delicious food items. Artisan chocolates, Parma ham, Herrings, Pate and many other amazing London delights are all over Borough.  All this sounds great but believe me, it is better not to go there especially on weekends. You cannot even imagine the situation you will get yourself in if you go on a Saturday afternoon.  There is a mountain of people there shopping.  If you MUST go to Borough Market on the weekends than at least go early:  6am.  At 6am you may get a chance to try out the free food samples there.

I would recommend Broadway Market over Borough if you want to go shopping in London.  Another good one is the Real Food market at Southbank Centre.  If you still insist on visiting Borough Market, don’t blame on me.. you have been warned.

2. The Oxford Street

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Oxford is even worse than Borough Market for shopping.  The place is packed. You’ll even forget that you went for shopping.  There is barely enough room to move.  This place should be avoided especially if you have small children.  It is just too crowded and it is too easy for them to get lost.

An alternative would be to go for Covent Garden or Carnaby Street.

3. Buckingham Palace

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It is probably London’s most popular attraction.  While it is definitely beautiful it is boring.  There is nothing going on there.  If you are with a group of people, someone will want to go and drag you along.  The power of the Queen pulls everyone in.   We all know the palace is beautiful and the park is fascinating. You go there thinking that there will be some kind of exciting event but after a while you realize there is nothing happening. You are not going to see a formal march or a flyover or a balcony scene.  What you may see is the changing of the guards and if you really want to see this, you are welcome to go there.