If you’re planning on moving here, you probably already know that it is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Unfortunately, not everyone has an unlimited budget at their disposal, especially when it comes to entertainment.  If you want to do it on a shoe string, then you need to get creative about what you do for fun. We’ve put together a detailed guide on how you can enjoy everything that this city has to offer without busting your budget.

“Food glorious food!”

We all want the opportunity to eat out at a celebrity chef restaurant in the heart of London. If you do, however, chances are that you’ll end up using “The F-word” more than Chef Gordon Ramsay once you get the bill. You can find excellent restaurants in London though that won’t break your bank. The best way to find great dining deals is to look for restaurants near your London apartment in your area and read reviews. A big factor in the cost of a meal out in London is the price of the drinks. A great way to save money is find restaurants that allow you to bring your own alcohol. New restaurants also offer better values than those with established reputations.  Look for authentic ethnic cuisine in your area. You can find some absolute gems hidden away just waiting for you to discover them

Top Tip: If you’re in the mood for ethnic cuisine, and don’t know the restaurant, see how many ‘locals’ are going there. People love home cooked food and if it’s authentic, then it’ll be packed with folks from home. The same does not apply to MacDonald’s!

Oiling your elbow without emptying your wallet

Going out on a pub crawl need not be expensive. Yes, there are the exclusive cocktail bars and clubs that charge the equivalent of your flat’s monthly rent for a pint, but most local pubs have lower prices.   It’s a great way to get out of your rental and meet new people. The trick is to look for pubs that have a happy hour. You’ll get great specials on different drinks. Check out a variety of websites for reasonably priced pubs and bars in your area.