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Just how much is London going to cost per day?

Just how much is London going to cost per day?

Jul 14th, 2007, 03:07 AM
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I found a lot of pub meals to run about £7.95 to 9.95.

Do check out the Marks & Spencers ready meals which are really good & less expensive than going out.

Pizza Express & Pret a Manger (for sandwiches) as well as Wagamamma are some other less expensive options.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 06:15 AM
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£26 (in total) for a family room - will sleep 3 adults plus a child - at a Travelodge, £4 for breakfast at a greasy spoon cafe, £3 each for a Boots Meal Deal at lunchtime, £10 early bird buffet in Soho, £22 a week for a zone 1-2 travelcard.

Then you get into the things that are FREE - www.londonfreelist.com - or the places where you can get a discount - www.2for1entry.co.uk

also check out www.timeout.com (and buy a copy of the magazine when you arrive)
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Jul 14th, 2007, 07:40 AM
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AR, I see the discrepancy. You apparently went to Mary Poppins on a Saturday. (Ah, yes, June 30 was indeed a Saturday.) I was under the impression that highest price seats were 49 pounds except for Friday and Saturday when they are 55 pounds. I see instead that for Saturday performances only they are actually 59 pounds each. So at TKTS half price with the service charge would be 32 pounds each, not the 30 pounds each they are on Friday or the 27 pounds they are during the rest of the week.

But rounding is a tricky thing. Even going from top price of 59 pounds (three tickets would be a total of 177) to calling it 200 is a difference of about $47 US or more total. That's a lot more than talking about "to the nearest penny".

Incidentallly, in looking just now I see half price tickets are available today for Mary Poppins once again at TKTS. I think that's really become standard there now.

For those wanting to see a "mystery" -- instead of The Mousetrap, I'd suggest going to the Old Vic to see a superbly acted production of Gaslight -- the Victorian "thriller". It too has half price tickets generally now at TKTS.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 04:39 PM
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Thanks one and all - this has been a big help. I'm fairly confident now that we can do London on about 40/50 pounds per day but will let you know how we managed when we get back.
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Jul 14th, 2007, 04:55 PM
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40 to 50 pounds per DAY?!
Jul 14th, 2007, 06:01 PM
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Hi Stormbird, sorry I flubbed the Walks site; good thing somebody around here knows what's up.

I was checking for a play this fall, and my pick is Diana Rigg in All About My Mother (based on the movie) at the Old Vic. They seemed to be selling at a good clip, so I doubt they'd be half-price, if they ever do that.

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Jul 15th, 2007, 03:32 AM
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The Old Vic doesn't usually do the TCKTS thing - it's too far away to make sense.Having said that, it is usually cheaper than the big commercial productions in the West End.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 05:47 AM
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Maybe the Old Vic doesn't "usually" do the TKTS thing, but they currently are (and were the entire 10 days we were in London last month) for Gaslight. But then it also doesn't star a name like Diana Rigg.

And schuba, don't be so shocked at the idea of the poster sticking to a budget of 40 to 50 pounds a day. As usual we are all guilty of getting off track. I don't think the poster said a word about theatre (other than The Globe -- and that might be just to see it, not a play). And they are planning on eating in or packing two of their meals a day and only eating at pubs for dinner. Yes. I think it is possible -- but not the kind of trip I'd particularly enjoy.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 06:25 AM
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If you were visiting NYC and counting on $100 per day, do the same for London but in pounds. It's not quite that bad, but close enough. The one exception: many museums such as the British Museum and the Tate are free.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 08:29 AM
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I've picked up Old Vic tickets at TKTS several times - even w/ big time stars -- like one time, David Suchet in Amadeus
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Jul 15th, 2007, 11:49 AM
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Re the Old Vic and TCKSTs - if they know in advance that they have spare tickets then they well use them (I've never seen them, but I don't use the TCKTs service very often). It's just not practical for them to offer the "last minute" type tickets there as they are down in Waterloo.

In other words - What I am recommending is if you really want to see something at the Old Vic, don't rely on getting tickets at the SWET box. It's a good resource for blockbusters at the end of their runs, but if your heart is set on seeing something - book direct.
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Jul 15th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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I'm sorry but I fail to understand what the distance to the Old Vic makes in selling tickets at TKTS? First of all, there is also a TKTS booth at Canary Wharf that sells tickets for the West End -- now that's a long distance, but most intelligent people figure out they can't buy a ticket for a matinee that starts in 15 minutes. If TKTS were only for shows in the immediate neighborhood, why would they have ever set up a TKTS booth at Canary Wharf for the West End? And TKTS opens at 10 AM which is their busiest time of day. That allows 9 and a half hours to do the 20 to 25 minute walk to the Old Vic from Leicester Square. In fact even if someone bought a ticket at 7 PM just as TKTS was closing it would be possible to make it to the theatre on time -- but again, I suppose most intelligent people wouldn't do that.
By the way, there are also sometimes tickets for shows at Sadlers Wells and other more distant venues at TKTS -- many of those are much further than the Old Vic .

But of course, I totally agree that if you have your heart set on seeing something and you'll be limited to a single day or two, then it makes sense to buy your tickets ahead.

You can always go to www.officiallondontheatre.com and check out what's avaible at TKTS for each day. If you see that a certain show is available every day for a week and you aren't going for a month, there's little reason to doubt that you'll be able to get tickets for it when you get there.

And yes, I knew I wanted to see Gaslight and bought my tickets a month ahead at full price. That's why I noticed that they were available every single day at TKTS at half price.
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