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British life and culture - England, Scotland and Wales
How much do things cost in England?

(Page last updated April 2008)

The cost of living varies from one part of the UK to another. Generally it is more expensive to live in London and the south-east of England, and cheaper up north.

Britain's currency is based on the pound sterling (£) which is divided into one hundred pence (100p).

The coin denominations are 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. The most common bank notes are £5, £10 and £20, though they do go higher.

Below is a rough estimate of how much things cost in England.

Cost (pounds £)
bananaBananas (1kg)


Sausages (1kg)

mince beef
Traditional British Beef Mince



(Approx 1.75Kg)

milkMilk (568ml/1pint)
eggsEggs (carton of 6)


Butter Spread (250g)

apple juiceFresh Apple Juice (1 litre)


Can of Coco Cocola (330ml)

FantaFanta (500 ml) £0.96
(800g loaf)
sugarSugar (1Kg)
jamRaspberry Jam (340g)
kit kat
Kit Kat chocolate bar
shampooShampoo (400ml)
Meal in a restuarant
Starters: £4.50
Main: £10.00
Dessert: £4.00
Meal in a cafe
From 7.00
McDonalds Meal
Fish and chips
Drinks (in a cafe or bar)
Beer - £2.75
Wine - £3.50 per glass
Coffee - £1.30
Coffee Latte - £1.80
Soft drinks - £1.70
Tea - £1.30
Hot Chocolate £1.80
Petrol (gasoline)
£1.08 per litre
Theatre Ticket
Cinema Ticket
£8.50 adult
£5.50 under 15
Car Hire
From £40 per day
From £120per week
£4.00 each way
London Taxi Journey
One mile

£4.20 - £6.20
Mon - Fri (6am - 8pm)
£4.60 - £7.40
8pm - 10pm and weekends

Taxi Journey
Between Heathrow
and Central London

£40 - £70

Average annual gas and/or electricity bill now approaching £1000
Price of an average house £230,000 (£398,476 in London)
Average annual earnings

£23,486 (NSO 2007)

See also our Pub Food with prices.

Cost of Living in London

London is not a cheap place to live. House prices are high and it even costs you more to rent a room or house there.

Here are the average cost of renting in and around London per week:

  Central London Outer London
Rooms, bedsits, sharers £118.89 £ 84.79
Studios £187.50 £123.80
1 bedroom house/flat £265.12 £160.36
2 bedroom house/flat £375.70 £212.26

How much is a British pound is worth in your money?

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