|London day 3 - #travel #holiday #london #uk
||[Aug. 11th, 2016|02:47 pm]
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For those just catching up and wanting to read it all in chronological order: here are days 1 and 2 of his trip.
Let me start this trip report of Bert and I's final day in London by debunking some of the blatant lies the media are spreading. It is NOT cheap to travel to London. Whilst it is true that you can go to London by Eurostar for as low as € 78 per adult, round trip, I wish you luck getting the tickets that amount to that price for both ways. And whilst yes, the £ has dropped after the Brexit vote, BUT London is STILL a massively expensive place to stay if you want a decent hotel, and the food is much more expensive than here. Whilst it is true that you can get some things cheaper than in Belgium, this does NOT count for the vast majority of things.
To give an example. If I buy a half a liter bottle of Spa Blauw in a local supermarket, I pay between €0,50 and €0,60. If I buy a bottle of water of the same quality in London, I pay £0,70 - £0,80, which amounts to over €1 for half a liter of plain old still water. That's a stupid example, but I'm just trying to point that 90% of all things are STILL more expensive. The £ STILL costs more than the €, so to speak, even though it has dropped. Our three day holiday in London STILL cost us € 270 base price (transport [NMBS, Eurostar, Oyster card for the tube ] + 2 nights hotel stay), and that is without calculating costs for food, drinks and museum entry tickets. Of course, once you are in London you can try to budget by taking along plenty of prepackaged food and drink, but I'm just saying that the media are really exaggerating the supposed cheapness of the UK and London in particular.
Sure, we saved some money because of the £ drop, but I don’t think we saved more than € 60 on our ENTIRE trip. And whilst yes, that is quite a bit of money, it’s not the incredible amount the media will have you believe it is. They’re making it out you’ll spend half of what you would have pre-Brexit, and that’s a blatant lie.
So if you go there, and you should if you feel like it because it's full of coolness, don't believe the media, and save up enough cash.
( Anyhow, onto our final day in LondonCollapse )