Cost of living in London, United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in London

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £4,795
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £2,773
  • London is the most expensive city in UK (1 out of 5)
  • London is the 3rd most expensive city in Western Europe (3 out of 43)
  • Cost of living in London is more expensive than in 98% of cities in the World (5 out of 162)
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List of prices in London
Current as of Oct 2021.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £13
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £5.97
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.69
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.97
12 eggs, large £2.74
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £1.78
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £4.46
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.13
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £0.89
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £2.12
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £10
2 liters of coca-cola £1.93
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £0.97
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £2,351
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £1,707
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £149
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,666
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,320
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £95
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £23
40” flat screen tv £323
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £75
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £5.98
Hourly rate for cleaning help £14
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £83
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £39
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £83
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £107
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £21,965
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.31
Monthly ticket public transport £151
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £26
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.73
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £103
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £3.69
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £2.09
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £4.05
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.98
Tube of toothpaste £1.76
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £21
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £39
2 tickets to the movies £25
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £202
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £71
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £11
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.37
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £6
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £451
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.35
1 month of gym membership in business district £53
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £12
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,233 prices entered by 253 different people.
Latest price update: October 24, 2021

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