Last week, I spent too much time rambling around London trying to find good deals to change my Hong Kong and Canadian dollars.
For everyone’s information, I discovered the following:
- HSBC would not change your money unless you have an account with them.
- A different branch of HSBC tells me that you can.
- The Post Office advertises in big banners that they have 0% commission. In return, they just give you shit rates.
- Travelex gives you amazingly good rates, according to their website.
- But once you’re standing in front of a Travelex, the rates are mysteriously shittier and you discover that they charge commission.
Misled by their website, I headed down to the nearest Travelex, which is at the Tower of London. Upon realizing that I was duped, I told them to piss off and decided to play tourist for a bit.
Tower of London as seen from the Tower Hill tube station. I thought it was a tower (duh), but apparently it’s a castle-cum-infamous-torture-chambers-cum-apparently-haunted-house.
Pretty impressive, considering it’s in the middle of the city.
Entrance to the Tower. I didn’t go in. My mission that day was to get my money exchanged before everything flippin’ closes.
Here I’m standing just outside the Travelex. That’s the Tower Bridge.
A better look at the Tower Bridge.
And that’s about as touristy as I got that day.
I’m not sure why I hadn’t thought of it before, but I then called Sarah in Canterbury and asked her if she knew where good exchange rates could be found.
And people, it’s MARKS & SPENCER.
It’s true, I went there and got the best rates I’ve come across here. Who would’ve thought to go to M&S for foreign exhange?!!
But what the heck, as long as they give me more for my money and, like Nasty says, as long as they don’t give me a GBP70 note!
Note to people as clueless as me: the GBP70 note doesn’t exist. D’oh!