Cost of living in London, United Kingdom

Summary of cost of living in London

  • Family of four estimated monthly costs: £5,464
  • Single person estimated monthly costs: £3,368
  • London is the most expensive city in UK (1 out of 7)
  • London is the most expensive city in Western Europe (1 out of 83)
  • Cost of living in London is more expensive than in 99% of cities in the World (5 out of 271)
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List of prices in London
Current as of May 2022.

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Food Update prices
Basic lunchtime menu (including a drink) in the business district £18
Combo meal in fast food restaurant (big mac meal or similar) £6
500 gr (1 lb.) of boneless chicken breast £3.17
1 liter (1 qt.) of whole fat milk £0.95
12 eggs, large £3.07
1 kg (2 lb.) of tomatoes £2.36
500 gr (16 oz.) of local cheese £3.91
1 kg (2 lb.) of apples £2.17
1 kg (2 lb.) of potatoes £1.03
0.5 l (16 oz) domestic beer in the supermarket £2.01
1 bottle of red table wine, good quality £8
2 liters of coca-cola £1.98
Bread for 2 people for 1 day £1.14
Housing Update prices
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in expensive area £3,090
Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 sqft) furnished accommodation in normal area £2,082
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat £192
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in expensive area £1,758
Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 sqft) furnished studio in normal area £1,289
Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 sqft) studio £155
Internet 8 mbps (1 month) £30
40” flat screen tv £336
Microwave 800/900 watt (bosch, panasonic, lg, sharp, or equivalent brands) £96
Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.) £6
Hourly rate for cleaning help £14
Clothes Update prices
1 pair of jeans (levis 501 or similar) £69
1 summer dress in a high street store (zara, h&m or similar retailers) £35
1 pair of sport shoes (nike, adidas, or equivalent brands) £78
1 pair of men’s leather business shoes £97
Transportation Update prices
Volkswagen golf 1.4 tsi 150 cv (or equivalent), with no extras, new £22,886
1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas £1.57
Monthly ticket public transport £155
Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles) £20
Personal Care Update prices
Cold medicine for 6 days (tylenol, frenadol, coldrex, or equivalent brands) £3.09
1 box of antibiotics (12 doses) £9
Short visit to private doctor (15 minutes) £128
1 box of 32 tampons (tampax, ob, ...) £2.99
Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.) £1.87
Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.) £4.31
4 rolls of toilet paper £1.86
Tube of toothpaste £1.64
Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city £23
Entertainment Update prices
Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub £42
2 tickets to the movies £27
2 tickets to the theater (best available seats) £318
Dinner for two at an italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert £68
1 cocktail drink in downtown club £12
Cappuccino in expat area of the city £3.18
1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.) £5.96
Ipad wi-fi 128gb £596
1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans) £0.12
1 month of gym membership in business district £47
1 package of marlboro cigarettes £13
These prices are based on abundant and consistent data. They are very reliable. They are based on 1,025 prices entered by 204 different people.
Latest price update: May 24, 2022

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London position in our World Ranking

the world
5th
out of 271
western europe
1st
out of 83
uk
1st
out of 7

Cheapest and most expensive products in London compared to other cities:

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the world
1st
the world
2nd
the world
4th
western europe
1st
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