Is London Too Expensive For Touring Holidays?

Is London losing its touring holiday appeal?
Is London losing its touring holiday appeal?

Tuesday, 06, Mar 2018 01:11

By William Coleman

London, one of the most popular cities on the planet that receives millions of visitors every year both foreign and domestic. The number or domestic visitors are actually starting to plummet and many feel that this is due to the high prices that come with holidaying in the capital.

There are a lot of things to do and see within London from inner city visits to going out to the surprisingly green suburbs. London is so massively diverse but a lot of people tend to think of the City centre when London is mentioned. 20 minutes from central London is Richmond park where you can spend the day with wild deer and then 5 miles away you have one of the busiest train stations in the world.

Within the London boundary there are many caravan parks, there is even a Caravan and Motorhome Club site in Crystal Palace which is around 5 miles away from London Bridge. So what is driving so many holiday makers out of London?

I feel it has to be down to the cost of living in London. Although you may not be living in the capital you will still experience the high prices when you are travelling through. I was fortunate to do a whole lot of touring between October and November and managed to experience a wide range of different sites and eateries across the land. Being a native Londoner I was genuinely shocked at the price difference and the overall amount you get for your hard earned money when you are outside of London.

One evening when I was in Knaresborough I decided that an evening out was well overdue, I had grown a bit sick of constantly cooking each evening. So we jumped in the van and drove into town to have a walk round and find somewhere to eat. We started with a couple of drinks in the local Wetherspoons and I was shocked at the price difference between North Yorkshire prices when compared to the London prices. After that we went for a meal and genuinely thought I had been undercharged. The same meal in London and I would get much change from £70.

For me one of the best parts of living in London is how quickly you can go from a concrete jungle to the luscious greens of the Kent and Surrey countryside. I live around 10 minutes away from the London Caravan and Motorhome Club site and where I live is pretty green and has a lot of things to visit that are within a 15-30 minutes drive.

So is London becoming less popular due to prices or is there something else? We would love to hear from you guys.

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