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Cost Of Living In London
Jun 12th 2013 | Written by TownFish Team

Cost Of Living In London

One of the most common questions people ask when planning to travel or live in the UK’s capital is: What is the cost of living in London?  Whilst London is not the most expensive city in the world it’s not the cheapest either. Prices have risen in London recently, but you can still find many ways to save money and get good value.

We’ve decided to do a little market research and create an up-to-date price list of the most common products and services. This is just a rough guide and you may find prices differ depending on which location of London you are in.

Bars and Pubs

Pint Beer – £4Cocktails in Nightjar bar
Bottle Beer – £3-4
Glass of 125ml Wine – £4.50
Glass of 250ml wine – £8
Cocktail – £8-10
Coffee / Tea – £2 – £4
Coke / Diet Coke – £2.50

Basic Entertainment

Cinema Ticket – £9
Bowling – £5 per game per person
Ice Skating – £10 per person

Rooms and Apartments Rent 

Central Boroughs:
Apartment (Monthly)
Studio – £650 – £1400+
1 Bed – £850 – £1600+
2 Bed – £1000 – £2000+
3 Bed – £1350 – £2600+
Room Only (Monthly)
£500 – £1000

Outer Boroughs: 
Apartment (Monthly)
Studio – £498 – £672
1 Bed – £550 – £997
2 Bed – £711 – £1148
3 Bed – £923 – £1408
Room Only (Monthly)
£200 – £350

Supermarket and Groceries 

Bread – £1
Fruit Item – 40pVegetables on a market stand
6 Eggs – £2
1 litre milk – 90p
Butter 250g – £1.70
Bottle Beer – £1.25
Pack of 6 canned beer at supermarket – £5
Bottle Wine from Supermarket – £7
Ice Cream – £2
3 Course Meal with wine – £10 (Tesco)
Bottle of coke 2 litre £2
Bottle Of water supermarket – 75p
Toothpaste – £1.70
Razor Blades – £8
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Health and Beauty 

Mens Haircut – £10-20
Ladies Haircut – £20+

Tobacco 

Cigarettes – 20 pack £8 average / 10 pack £5 average
Tobacco

Attractions and Tours 

London Eye – £18.90
London AquariumDuck Tour boat
London Bus Tour £28
London Dungeon – £24.60 (adult 16+), £22.50 (student), £19.20 (15yrs and younger),
Madame Tussauds – adult (online booking) £22.50,( on the day) £30, child (online) £19.35, (on the day) £25.80
Science Museum – Free
British Museum – Free
Natural History Museum – Free
Tower of London – £19.50 (adult), £9.75 (child)
HMS – £14.50 (adult), child under 16-free
Duck Tour -£23
Ghost Tour – £20
Jack the Ripper evening tour – £29

Mobile Phone 

Monthly – £30+

Clubbing

£10 – £20 entrance only

Festivals 

£50 – £100 (one or two days)

Transport

Tube: £8 travel card (zones 1-4)'Boris' bikes Barclays bike hireBoris Bikes – 24hrs acces fee £2 + usage charge up to 30min FREE, up to an hour £1
Thames Clipper Boat Service – £6 one way Buses – £2.50 one way
Cable Carts – £4.30 (adult single), £8.60 (adult return), £2.20 (child single), £4.40 (child retun) Taxis – £6+ (1mile)
ZipCar Rental £5ph or £49 per day including petrol
Standard Card Rental – £20-30 per day + petrol cost

Gas / Petrol

Unleaded – 132.81p
Diesel – 140.39p
Super Unleaded – 141.34p
Premium Diesel – 149.88p
LPG – 74.83p

Home Expenses

Gas – £60+
Electricity – £40+
Council Tax – £630+
Broadband – £13+
BT Line Rental – £10.75+
Sky TV – £21.50+

Discount Cards

Oyster card – £5
London Pass (including travel) – Adult 1 day – £56, 2 day £82, 3 day £96.30, 6 day £145.80 / Child 1 day £34, 2 day £53, 3 day £57.70, 6 day £91.80
The Monster Card (Student Discounts) – £10
TasteCard (50% off or 2 For 1 on thousands of Restaurants) – £79.95 per annum