If you’re an American moving to London, you’ll probably have heard how expensive it is to live in the city. It’s going to get complicated and you’ll never leave your new apartment if you keep comparing prices and using a mental exchange rate each time you do the grocery shopping. You’ll be earning in pounds anyway, so comparing prices with grocery stores in America or Canada won’t be much use, and it’ll drive you barmy in the end.

If you’re about to embark on your adventure though, it might be wise to get a good idea of what the basics cost while you’re living in London.

Grocery Shopping

For a good price comparison, you can check out Sainsbury’s online. Not only will you be able to see the prices of most general goods, you’ll also be able to get them delivered. The cost of a grocery delivery from Sainsbury’s, right to your kitchen table, I might add, is about £3.50; if you spend over a certain amount it might even be free. A pint of milk, costs about 40p in London, which, depending on the daily rate of exchange is about 60 cents. (There are four pints in half a gallon!).


While you can’t really compare the public transport system in London with anywhere else in the world, you can save a lot of money while you’re living in London. You already know all about the Travelcard and the Oyster Card; get yourself one immediately. The savings you get from using an Oyster Card are immense. For a single bus journey, you’ll spend about £2 anywhere in London; with an Oyster card you’ll only pay £1.10

A Night Out

If you’re down to your local pub for a couple of pints and a meal, then each beer will set you back between £3 – £5 and a pub meal is about £5 – £6. If you’re up for something a bit more extravagant then a nightclub in the city can cost you anywhere between £15 – £30 depending on where you go.

While you may be comparing prices to ‘back home’ for a while, try rather to look for special offers and savings from grocery stores and other activities in pounds. After all, you’re a local now!


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