- Where to find the best deals in London?
- Short Term Apartment Rental in London
- Online shopping in London
- Limited Time Deals on Shopping and Tickets
Where to find the best deals in London?
We all want to pay a lot less when we’re away from home, in fact this is probably why you are looking at this page after all.
The following sites were specially selected by the “Ask a Local” team, as locals we spend a lot of time finding the best websites and deals for you. We have personally used these websites and found them to be great value, you may even find tickets to shows that are sold out elsewhere!
We have included a large selection of special deals to match your needs and wants including Hotels, Restaurants, Travel, Theatre, Plays, Musicals, Restaurants, Fashion shows, Kids activities, Shopping and much more besides.
Some deals are limited offers with expiration dates, some last a few hours, others a few days, so come back and check regularly.
Where to find tickets to Musicals and Theatre?
Prices for Musicals and Theatre change all the time, often by the hour. To get the best deal for your chosen date, seat selection and price range you may have to dig a little, be quick and decisive, deals don’t last long. We suggest the following websites for all your theatre and musical needs although it’s good to remember that a cheaper ticket doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad seat, but watch out for the Restricted View tickets, which are just as it says, with a restricted view of the stage:
Encore tickets – A reliable company with many deals on Theatre and Musicals.
Theatre Tickets Direct has a lot of deals on Theatre, Musicals and attractions.
West end theatre breaks – Packages including a show and hotel with great savings. This site has the benefit of showing you your seat number(s) before you pay.
ATG Tickets – One of the larger and well known sites for tickets, working directly with many of the theatres themselves and will show you specific seat number(s) when booking, not just a general area of booking, such as stalls or dress circle.
TicketMaster – Probably the largest and best known ticket site, not just for Musicals and Theatre, but also for sporting events, stand up shows, comedies, and almost anything else that requires a ticket.
Popular Deal Websites
We know you have a choice when searching for deals, so we have listed a collection of some of the better deal sites available, these tend to offer a wide range of deals covering almost anything you can think about, you may have to search them, but isn’t that part of the fun? A lot of the deals are short term and have strict expiry dates, make sure you read the small print!
Expedia UK – The most known site in the travel business has a great Attraction page with discount to kids and people over 60. You can find here discount on London eye, Madame Tussauds, Tower of London, Palace pass, Legoland and much more,
Groupon is probably one of the larger and well known discount sites around the world to help save people money and here in London, it’s no different, many great deals, most with short expiry times. Groupon is especially recommended for getting discounts on activities and restaurants. You will have to register with them, but you will find deals to your liking.
LivingSocial while not quite as well known as Groupon has been offering great discounts in 19 different countries since 2007. They brand themselves as offering fun things to do and offering great gift ideas. We recommend them for discounts on restaurants, musicals, plays, attractions activities and unique products.
Wowcher is the UK’s second largest coupon website offering great deals on Spa days, Treatments, Restaurants, Activities, Holidays, and Shopping. You will have to register, don’t worry, it’s worth it.
Travel and Adventure Deals
Expedia the American site that found its way to the UK offering cheap flights, hotels, car rental, cruises and attractions.
lastminute.com is a great site for finding that last minute hotel, flights, attractions, tickets to a show, and special experiences both in London and further afield. They also have further discounts if you book 2 or more tickets.
***Recommended*** – RentalCars covers all your rental car needs, comparing between the big brands and offering massive savings.
How to find tickets to a sold out show or event?
London shows and events are often at high demand, and the best ones are sold out weeks or months before the show even starts (you didn’t think you’re the only visitors to London looking for a show, did you?), you should never give up hope of findings tickets to a show or event as there are some great sites where tickets can be legally and securely exchanged between members of the public with a guarantee from the site. These sites are usually intended for people who have already bought tickets but are subsequently not able to attend, they can then sell these tickets on to you. For this we can recommend the following websites that act as marketplaces for tickets between buyers and sellers.
Remember that on these sites you pay a service commission, so ticket prices may be more expensive than the face value but you do get the guarantee that the tickets are valid and authentic. Beware! Do not buy tickets from websites that don’t give you guarantee, or on the street.
The reliable websites that we recommend are:
Ticketbis.net – A Spanish website with a British affiliate that is particularly good for Premier League and other League football games both in England and in Europe
Viagogo – One of the world’s largest secure online ticket marketplace, with operations in almost 60 countries, has tickets to most of the sports and entertainment events in London.
Stubhub – An eBay company with tickets to concerts, theatre and football, as well It is the the O2 Arena’s official ticket resale marketplace
Hotel deals in London
Most of these sites do not charge a booking fee or administration fees and in many cases, rooms can be cancelled free of charge, you also get prices well bellow the prices offered on the hotel’s official pages.
Hotwire – A site offering a lot of deals to hidden hotels, you search and book based on star rating, general location (exact address of hotel given after you book) and amenities of the hotel. As you don’t know which hotel you are getting until after you confirm, prices are substantially lower than on other sites. We have personally used this site and can recommend it. The site also covered Flights, Car Rental and packages.
Priceline – Another great site, with anonymous hotels similar to Hotwire, where you book based on location, price, star rating and amenities but you are not told the exact name and address of the hotel until you confirm the booking.
Lastminute.com – UK’s leading online travel & leisure retailer offering deals on hotels, city breaks, flights, spa and theatre tickets. This site gives you excellent deals for last minute arrangements (as you can probably understand from its name), however it also offers deals for months in advance.
If you are not sure about the area or neighborhood of the hotel you are considering to book, or if you have any other question you are welcome to ask us by via our App (available for both iOS and Android) or by email and you are guaranteed to receive a personal response from an actual person.
Short Term Apartment Rental in London
Airbnb – Is the worldwide site for finding short term lets and hotels, these may sometimes be in people’s homes! This allows you to experience London like a local, live in a residential area, or a busier part of town, If there are a few of you, it may even work out a lot cheaper than separate hotel rooms, although this depends on location, size of property and number of occupants. If you send us an email or contact us via our App, we will send you a special offer code to save you £13 on your first booking and £50 if you decide to rent out your home on the site.
See our dedicated hotel and apartment page for more information.
Online shopping in London
Amazon is well known for being the biggest online shopping website with great deals … now you can enjoy Amazon UK even as tourists by using the Amazon Locker service. You don’t need an address in London just select a locker location convenient to you and come and get your shopping from it, usually the next day, using a code you receive by email when it is ready for pick up.
Argos is a british company that used to rely on shopping from catalogues, as the world is moving on, so has Argos and it is now competing with Amazon online. Argos big advantage is that it has shops all over London. You can order online and pick-up your items in-store. With Argos you don’t need to pay online, you only pay in the store when collecting your goods, and if you change your mind – you don’t pay anything as your order is automatically cancelled after 48 hours if you do not show up to pick it up.
Limited Time Deals on Shopping and Tickets
Atelier des Chefs – cookery school based in the West-end and St Paul’s. with classes range from 30 minutes to 4 hours, and cuisines that include the best of British and French classics to Thai favourites and Moroccan flavours, use the code ATEL10 for 10% off on all online orders until the end of March 2016.
Take Out Food
Looking for that great take out food after a day of shopping or exploring London? Then try Hungry House, all you need to do is enter your postcode, select from an extensive list of restaurants, and order. Your food will be delivered and you won’t need to do any washing up!
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