How to have a luxurious London weekend for less

London: Thames and Houses of Parliament

One of the most fabulous cities in the world, and it’s right on our doorstep – why wouldn’t you spend a weekend away in London?

Filled with luxury that doesn’t have to cost too much, here’s a list of ways to have a luxury London getaway without having to overspend.

Getting there

First things first, the last thing you want to do before a luxury weekend is get stressed. This is exactly what’ll happen if you opt to drive, as you’ll get caught in traffic and at the back of your mind will be the thought of driving home at the end of the weekend. It’s not easy to find places to park in central London, and you have to pay a congestion charge. This will give you anything but a luxurious experience.

Therefore, the best option, and the most environmentally friendly way to travel, is to catch the train. No matter where you are in the country there are trains to London Victoria and Euston regularly, while trains from places like London Bridge to Dartford and everywhere in-between will open up other areas within the city once you arrive. Just remember to book in advance to ensure you have a seat so you’re constantly comfy.

Where to stay

London is filled with wonderfully extravagant hotels, which means you’ll never be short of finding somewhere sensational. However, with these luxurious places comes huge prices, but that doesn’t mean you can’t afford luxury.

Since the rise of Airbnb, people in cities have been renting out extravagant accommodation all over the place. And London is no exception. If you opt to forego the regular hotel, you’ll be surprised at what you can find – often you’ll discover multi-million-pound houses at a steal for a few nights, giving you that sense of grandeur without the cost.

Where to eat and drink

Again, London is filled with stunning eateries, so make sure you stay away from the chains – after all, you can enjoy these places at home.

However, some places book up months in advance, and while you may be able to get last-minute deals for some places, it’s best to book. If you’re not sure where to go, you’ll find some of the best luxury London restaurants to explore here.

What to see

While London is filled with exciting things to see and do, there’s only one thing you should do to really indulge in the luxury weekend world of London.

But what is it? Well, catch a show of course.

With the bustling West End right at the heart of the city, you’ll find both plays and musicals, so there’s something for everyone to choose from. Meanwhile, you’ll find a mixture of long-standing favourites like Les Misérables to new shows like Hamilton just waiting to wow you. However, while you could buy tickets for less while you’re there, some of the bigger shows, like the ones just mentioned, sell out months in advance. So, maybe take a look at what you fancy when you book your trip before deciding to chance it.

So, if you’re heading for a weekend away in London, now you can experience it in luxury, without breaking the bank all weekend long.


If you want some money-saving tips for the festive season, check out our feature on free things to do in London at Christmas.

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