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Beating the £ in London (and the rest of England)

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If your travels this summer bring you to or through England, your planning has probably brought you frighteningly close to the realities of traveling in a country with a currency that is significantly stronger than your own. :((

Saving while sightseeing in Italy and France was definitely doable according to many of you---but in England? Does that require true will and painstaking planning?

(See Beating the Euro in Italy):
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2&tid=35112143
(See Beating the Euro in France):
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2&tid=35117058

Like those threads above, this thread will hopefully garner a laundry list of great tips for stretching your budget, saving on the go, and general top values. Cate and Linda, editors for Fodor's London 2009 and Fodor's England 2009 will be by later--they're busy updating those guides and are keen to include some of your suggestions.

I spent considerable time in England a few years ago and was on a strict budget.

My personal top values include:

1) Standing seats at the Globe Theater. I saw Midsummer's Night Dream for I believe £5; it started to lightly rain midway through. Sounds kind of horrible, but it was actually fantastic.

2) Small breakfasts, big lunches. This is generally how I travel, but I found that this was particularly true in England. For something quick and on the go, Tesco's wrapped sandwiches worked in a pinch. Local pub specials for lunches often yielded delightful meals. Wagamama, the famous communal seating noodle shop with locations in London, was also a favorite.

3) National Express. I found that sometimes opting for the bus over the train saved me significant money and I didn't really lose all that much time (though for folks with limited time, a car would be preferable). These buses are of the coach variety; they're relatively nice and definitely comfortable.

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