Being prior military and looking back over the places I’ve been, I’d have to say I’d like to go back to London. However, being retired means I have to make this trip happen. Of course, I have to ball on a budget, but I could do it gentlemen style. So, I put the fingers in touch with the PC and this is what I’ve come up with. Check out these tips on how to ball on a budget, gentlemen style… in London.
Day 1 – The Arrival
Tip 1. After arriving, the first stop is the BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow. I’ll tell you why. This spot is amazing… the sleek lines make the Park Grand London Heathrow unique to the other Best Western Hotels, especially in the states. It’s beautifully designed and has plenty of amenities, which makes the stay worth the air ride.
The rooms at the BW Plus Park Grand London Heathrow or the Park Grand London Heathrow are really not that expensive compared to other hotels with the same accommodations. My room comes complete with the latest technologies. Yep, everything you could imagine from super fast internet connections to iPod stations. All the channels a guy could ask for, if he planned on staying in the room, but I don’t. So, now that we are here, let the games begin… this is how we ball on a budget.
Tip 2. London is packed with cheap things to do if you just know where to look and how to go about it. It’s a huge city and if you are seeing it for the first time, you may want to visit a lot of the places you’ve heard about, otherwise known as tourist attractions. It’s best to see it on foot and acquire a London Pass. This could save tons of money and it will allow you to get in 60 attractions that charge you money. Buy the pass for around $70 and go the Ellis Island, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum or the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Oh, don’t forget Radio City Music Hall Stage Door Tour and Madison Square Garden All Access Tour. You’ll be sorry if you don’t go.
Tip 3. After a big day of traveling and walking, it would be cool to take a load off the old dogs and have a drink… or two… or three, but who’s counting. If you are looking to catch a view of the city, Aqua Shard has a terrific one. They are located on the 31st floor of the Shard at London Bridge. Or we can skip on over the Vertigo 42. It’s at the top the Tower 42 in the city. The atmosphere doesn’t suggest that we can ball on a budget, but drinking is in the budget… oh, yeah… it’s in the budget.
Day 2 – TV Tours and Concerts
Tip 4. You’ve got to get up kind of early to take all this in over a weekend, but we can do this. Today, let’s go to an early morning concert with NBC’s Today Show. The outdoor concerts are worthwhile. You can get into more TV shows for free, but you have to stand in a long line to get in.
Tip 5. Hungry? Man’s gotta eat, so the decision has to be made as to where to eat. There’s Chinatown or, Southall if you want Indian food and Kingsland Road if you prefer Vietnamese. However, the Pizza Express has like a two for one menu. You know we are trying to ball on a budget, and a pizza in London is not like the pizza back home.
Tip 6. If you like live shows, you would like the live street performances around Covent Garden. You can luck up and catch a jazz concert at the Southbank Centre, too.
Day 3 – Departure
Tip 7. Today is check out day, however, the vacation is not over yet. But before I leave, it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t check out Westminster and Whitehall or the Prime Minister’s home.
Tip 8. Being in London has some real perks. It’s the place to be to catch other cheap flights. I think New York is next on the list of how to ball on a budget.