After such a magnificent year, visiting the capital has never seemed so alluring. As a nation, we are bursting with pride over our country's success. The amazing Olympic games - both as an event in itself as well as our phenomenal sporting achievements - and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee have reinstated that sense of Great British honour that lies deep within us all.
Sadly, venturing into the city centre can quickly cost a not-so-small fortune. With such a fantastic transport network in place, it is always worthwhile looking online at budget Travelodge hotels slightly outside of the central zones.
Cutting the costs of your basics can make visiting London possible and even leave you a little bit of cash to spend on activities and attractions. Outside of the main tourist hot spots, Battersea is a convenient area of the city for a low cost sojourn.
Although you will be located outside of the hustle and bustle of the city, you are still within five miles of Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park and other central London landmarks. Close by to your hotel, football fans will be in their element as Chelsea and Fulham FC are both within three miles. Stadium tours are a must for sporting enthusiasts.
From the entrance of the Travelodge hotel at Battersea, you are just a short walk away from East Putney Tube Station which connects to Kensington and Edgware Road. Alternatively, Clapham Junction Train Station is less than a mile away from the hotel and offers regular train services into various central London stations; some journeys take as little as six minutes.
While there is some truth in the belief that all tourist attractions in London are expensive, there are a number of frugal ways to explore the sites. Revel in your patriotic regard for the capital and take a tour of some of the most famous landmarks in London.
The Big Smoke is easily one of the most photographed areas of the UK. Brilliant buildings including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and The Palace of Westminster, combined with architecturally awe-inspiring structures, such as the Tower Bridge, the London Eye, and The Millennium Bridge, combine to create a supreme set of quintessentially British settings.
Many of these map markers can be viewed without a cost and provide unbeatable photograph opportunities for anyone who has a love of London Town.
While paying a visit to some of the most well-known attractions in the world, it is essential to make time within your itinerary to enjoy at least one of the many parks in the centre. Both Hyde Park and Regent's Park are easily accessible, with various events and facilities on offer within the grounds.
At some point, it is inevitable that you will need - and indeed, want - to splash your cash. There are just so many breath-taking opportunities in the city. Take a look at what is on offer before you go and create a budget. Being prepared for the cost of West End tickets and top tourist attractions will help you decide which bits to include in your visit and which bits to leave for your next stay in the city.
Start as you mean to go on, and look at budget accommodation prices at Travelodge hotels in Battersea.