December 3, 2020 8:14 am

5 Budget Things To Do In London During Winter

(Standfirst) Being thrifty on a holiday? Here are 5 budget friendly places to visit in London during Christmas that wont break the bank.

 

(INTRO) Winter is a wonderful time to walk around London. The atmosphere of London in winter is always magical – even if the weather isn’t! Not only are the streets swarming with Christmas decorations, they are with discounts too – sure to put a smile on your face.

Don’t know where to be this winter? Let us guide you!


Famous department stores to shop (or window shop) at include Fortnum & Mason, Harrods, Selfridges, and Liberty. You could spend hours gazing at designer shops on Bond Street, Regent Street, Oxford Street, Covent Garden, and Carnaby Street, too.

Did you know that your Merchantrade Money card can be used in the UK? Buy your GBP with your Merchantrade Money app and shop at all these stores like a local!

Visit the Tower Bridge, one of the UK’s architectural marvels symbolizing the progress of history. Pedestrians and cars are free to walk across the base of the bridge and admire the structure from up close. You can also take a tour ($12) inside the bridge, learn about its history, and walk across the glass floor walkways inside.

Use your Merchantrade Money card to pay at all attractions in London, as VISA is accepted everywhere!

There are also museums which you can visit for free! Such as:

· The British Museum

· National History Museum

· National Portrait Museum

· National Gallery

· Tate Modern


Sleigh bells ring, are you listening? Nothing says Christmas in London quite like Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park. Enjoy live music, with bands and performers serenading the ice skaters and the bars and all those along the Christmas market.

With over a 100 rides to choose from, from heart-stopping roller-coasters to child-friendly attractions, not forgetting Santa Land with its traditional carousel, every child’s favourite!


Getting around in London can be rather hectic with the crowds everywhere, but the tube as well as Uber is pretty reliable. If you really need to, you could catch a cab, but the fare is usually pretty pricy. You can tap and pay when using the tube or the cabs using your Merchantrade Money card, and you can even link your Uber account to your card, letting it automatically deduct the fare from your GBP wallet!

 

Why pay in Foreign Currency, instead of Home currency (Ringgit Malaysia) ?

Money Saving Tip: Always choose to pay in Foreign currency when spending abroad or making payments online on international sites.

Home currency is your own currency (MYR). Foreign currency is that of the country you are visiting (INR, USD, EURO, etc). The store cashier will use their own exchange rate to convert to your home currency, resulting in a fee.

With Merchantrade Money you can lock-in great exchange rates on multiple foreign currencies and save when you make payments abroad or on international sites – No transaction fees, No hidden charges.

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