Standards at London hotels are noticeably lower than in most other major cities in Europe and elsewhere.
In other words, rooms tend to be tiny and often look badly worn, unless you are staying at a pricey boutique or international chain hotel. London is one of the most expensive cities to visit on the planet. Once you learn your way around a bit you can keep your budget under control, but when you first arrive it feels like you are being beaten up by shockingly high prices. Cheap hotels are available in some neighborhoods, but expect a tiny and worn-out-looking windowless room if you go too low.
See our recommended London hotels and hostels page for great value at well-located places.
The good news is that almost all of the famous museums, including the huge and amazing British Museum, are free to enter for everyone. But most of the other famous attractions are crazy expensive, so research the many free things to do if your budget is tight.
Food and drinks can also be frustratingly expensive, especially if you stay in the main tourist areas.
If you are trying to keep costs low while having a great time anyway be sure to check out our London budget travel tips. Most people stay in London, but there are many great and cheap day trips out of London to consider as well.
London is known for being gray, and to a lesser extent for being rainy, but the rain rarely comes down hard so the annual rainfall totals are fairly low. Summers are usually very pleasant, almost never getting hot enough to become a problem, and winters are also usually mild with snow being fairly rare.
The gray thing is very true though and cloud cover is common at any time of the year, so take advantage of the sunny days when they come along.
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