London daytrip and budget


Our first excursion while spending time in the UK was to London this past weekend. The visit coincided with the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle so it was pretty much impossible to book a hotel without blowing up our entire budget for the month so we decided to turn it into a day trip instead.

Luckily the Virgin train from Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston really seemed to lend itself pretty well to the day trip plan. It only took just over 2 hours making 4 stops all the way down the country, which was very impressive and not the least what we were expecting since the UK is famous for it’s complaints about rail system efficiency. Since it was only an extra 15 GBP each we decided to opt for 1st class on the outward journey, but as it turned out we were just as happy in the standard coach compartment on return since the only difference seemed to be a free muffin each and the seating arrangements. Probably don’t ever need to do it again.

On arrival into Euston we made our way straight to the underground railway station where we boarded a train headed for Green Park and walked a short distance to reach Buckingham Palace. From there we walked most of the rest of the day firstly to visit Covent Garden with its many street entertainers and outdoor markets, then on to the upmarket Harrods store where we bought some cookies. Then on to Nelsons Column at Trafalgar Square and finally on to the UK’s own version of Time Square – Leicester Square.
In between we had a stop off for lunch at Byron Wardour Street burger joint in Soho where we treated our American guest to….a burger and alcoholic Ginger beer, not very original of us but since he’d really already done the whole English breakfast and Fish and Chips thing throughout the week he didn’t mind one bit.

We then slowly made our way back to Euston for the 6pm train back up to Liverpool which per our outward journey went very fast. All in all taking the train option down to London worked out pretty well, here are the total costs:-

  • Southport to Liverpool Lime Street (Two return tickets) = 9 GBP on Merseyrail.
  • Virgin train – Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston (Two return ticket) = 80 GBP for 2 people, 1st class for outward journey.
  • London Underground tickets = 25.40 GBP for two tickets.
  • Two meals at Byron Wardour Street = 28 GBP
Total = 142.40 GBP or $190.77

On reflection the London Underground tickets were a bit of waste of money considering we walked everywhere after the initial journey, for our next visit they should not be necessary.

We can definitely recommend booking the train well in advance rather than renting a car and driving to London, our experience was very positive as was the visit in general. We now look forward to our next visit in july where we hope to find a hotel deal to stay over and enjoy the evening.

Thanks for reading,