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Best Travel Money Exchange Rates in London

In this article we show you how to save money if you find yourself looking for Foreign Cash in London.

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London is a diverse and multifaceted city with something to offer everyone. Whether you are visiting as a tourist or over on business, you will want to be prepared for your trip and ready with some british pounds in your wallet.

In the bricks and mortar, established, tourist attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminister Abbey, and the Tower of London, you’ll have no problems using a topped up travel card or credit card. However, there are some areas such as the unique Notting Hill and Camden markets where you are better off carrying cash and positioning yourself on the ready for some haggling.

Ordering your foreign cash online from Travelex for delivery or if you’re in a rush then picking up the cash at a Travelex branch is your best bet for convenience and getting more for your currency.

You will find that you can save a couple of percent on the exchange rate margin by pre-ordering your cash. Our Review of Travelex exchange rates includes the following table that shows you an example of how much you can save online vs buying your cash at the airport.

 

Currency Online Rate Airport Rate Online Saving
USD 1.2769 1.2385 3.1%
EUR 1.0968 1.0556 3.9%
AUD 1.7198 1.6537 4.0%
JPY 139.0441 132.1712 5.2%
Travelex Online vs Airport (GBP exchange rates were valid for 2nd August 2018)

London Currency Exchange Locations

 

Travelex Currency Exchange Rates vs the Banks

The below live travel money comparison table shows how much you could save on your next foreign transfer or travel money purchase by ordering online vs the Average Bank Rate. This example shows you the situation where you want to change sterling for foreign cash, note the margins are compared to the current market mid-rate.

 
Travel Money Providers
Ratings & Reviews
Amount USD($)Exchange RateFee GBPTotal CostCurrency ServicesDelivery/CollectDeal Links
 
Travelex Online UK logo
1,270.8 USD
1.2708£0^2.53%Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery2-3 days
Post Office Foreign Currency
Post Office logo
1,249.4 USD
21 USD less
1.249404.17%Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery2-3 days
Citibank Foreign Currency
Citibank logo
1,226.91 USD
44 USD less
1.2393£105.9%Branch-
Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo
1,216 USD
55 USD less
1.2298£106.73%Branch-
 
Lloyds TSB logo
1,214.43 USD
56 USD less
1.2267£106.85%Branch-
 
Santander logo
1,214.43 USD
56 USD less
1.2267£106.85%Branch-
 
Natwest Bank logo
1,208.3 USD
62 USD less
1.2267£157.32%Branch-
Travelex Online UK: Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:1.2708 (2.53% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,270.8 USD
Total Cost:2.53%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Fri Feb 22 2019 08:30:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
Post Office: Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:1.2494 (4.17% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,249.4 USD
Total Cost:4.17%
Time:8:47 Local
Currency Services:Online order, Branch pickup, Home delivery
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
Citibank: Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2393 (4.95% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,226.91 USD
Total Cost:5.9%
Time:8:47 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate
Lloyds TSB logo Santander logo Citibank logo Natwest Bank logo

Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2267 (5.91% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,216 USD
Total Cost:6.73%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Lloyds TSB: Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2267 (5.91% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,214.43 USD
Total Cost:6.85%
Time:8:47 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
Santander: Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£10 GBP (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2267 (5.91% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,214.43 USD
Total Cost:6.85%
Time:8:47 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 2/5.0
Reviews:
Natwest Bank: Travel Money GBP→USD
GBP amount:£1,000 GBP
Fee:£15 GBP (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:1.2267 (5.91% from mid-rate)
USD amount:1,208.3 USD
Total Cost:7.32%
Time:8:47 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
 
: 1/5.0
Reviews:
 
Sending a LARGER foreign transfer? Shop-around with multiple providers: Get Quotes
Note we do not compare every single provider in the market, we compare a selection of established, reputable foreign exchange providers & banks who are regulated in the UK by the FCA for the provision of payment services. We may receive referral fees if you choose one of these providers however this will not affect the exchange rates or fees you are charged.
Rate snapshot: 02/22/2019
Travelex currency exchange rates vs bank average
 

 

Pre-Order Foreign Cash & Save

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Order travel money online

Get better rates than available to you by walking into Travelex branches by pre-ordering online from Travelex, you can still pick up in person at any Travelex branch or at the airport.

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