TODAY | August 03, 2012
>>> this morning on "today" in london , seeing the city for a little less. the editor-in-chief of "jet setter.com" is here with us to tell us what to do and how to stay on a budget. kate , good morning. good to see you. an expensive city.
>> it is. there are lots of activities and ways to see it for a lot less.
>> let's start with how to get around this city during the olympics and not during the olympics.
>> what is the best way, the most economic way?
>> my preferred form of transportation is the cheap and it's been uncrowded this week. you need a traffic smart card . it's good for all forms of transportation in london and will save you a lot.
>> i see people riding around on these bikes all the time with the little blue flashing lights on the front. tell me about that.
>> yep. a boris bike, named for the man. they are a really great way to travel. you pay a one-pound access fee, $1.50, and then the first half hour is free and after that you pay about $1.50 an hour.
>> if you're walking through the streets and you want to go a distance do you recommend jumping in a cab?
>> i actually don't. they're really expensive and cost about $11 a mile which is a lot more than new york. however, you won't get lost in a london cab . they take a very intense course in which they learn 25,000 streets.
>> they know where they're going. no question about it.
>> let's talk about lodging. if you don't want to pay for a real swanky hotel what are the alternatives?
>> you could camp. there are camping grounds.
>> pitching a tent in the middle of london ?
>> or you can use a ready pitched tent. yes. that'll cost you about ten pounds, $15 a night. you get hot showers. some cases you get wi-fi. there are grocery stores . alternatively, there is a great website which has real londoners' apartments. they even throw in an iphone for you. or a bed and breakfast . they cost about a hundred dollars a night.
>> we're talking about getting around and where to stay. talk about activities now.
>> we're in london . let's say the olympic games are not going on. tell me your favorite activities.
>> i love london 's royal parks . one of my favorite is richmond park which is three times bigger than central park . it's a bit outside the center.
>> don't brag.
>> they have deer roaming around and birds. kensington gardens which is where kensington palace , kate and william's home is.
>> it was newly renovated by the way.
>> they did a massive renovation there.
>> talk to me about museums.
>> museums are free in london which is amazing. you can pay $20 in new york. i love the british museum , fantastic historical objects from all over the world including egyptian mummies and the rosetta stone . the natural history museum is great. it has a fantastic dinosaur exhibit. my favorite museum is probably the uk's biggest collection of modern art .
>> i will tell you we are having a blast here. london is doing an amazing job hosting these games.
>> i'm glad you think so.
>> kate maxwell, great to see you. appreciate it.