Average cost of
accommodation in London
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 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. Out 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.