EuroCheapo's London Articles

Welcome to EuroCheapo’s London blog, filled with budget travel advice from our correspondents living in London. See our most recent articles on ways to save in London below. Find more articles in these categories:

• Budget hotels: Read our reviews of recommended hotels in London, and news about London’s budget hotel scene.

• Eat, drink, shop: Recommended restaurants and bars that are wallet-friendly. Plus, ways to save on shopping in London.

• See more for less: Ways to save on London’s entertainment options and sightseeing. Plus, check out these free things to do!

• Practical tips: Advice for saving on everyday items and expenses, and on getting around London.

London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

London: Affordable hotels close to the city’s top attractions

Location, location, location! If you’re visiting London for the first time you’ll want to be in the heart of the action, and the location of your accommodation is key. A wrong choice here could lead to long and costly journeys on public transport which will eat into your leisure time and budget. While hotels near » Read more

Budget food shopping in London: A guide to the city’s supermarkets

Budget food shopping in London: A guide to the city’s supermarkets

While we’d love to encourage you to do all your shopping at one of London’s markets, stocking up on food in a supermarket is going to ease your budget. Britain has several huge supermarket chains, and their dominance is a big issue with London locals: many people are concerned about how they have put independent » Read more

London: a cheapo neighborhood guide to the City of London

London: a cheapo neighborhood guide to the City of London

If you’re heading to London for work or just wish to explore the business heart of the city, then this is the area for you. However, unlike many urban hubs that see their business district shut down as night falls, London’s City area borders some of the most popular night spots in the capital, boasting » Read more

London: 7 tips for surviving the British Museum

London: 7 tips for surviving the British Museum

The British Museum is probably one of the sights you shouldn’t miss when you’re in London. There’s a reason why it’s the most visited tourist attraction in the UK: it has an amazing collection of artifacts, dating back thousands of years and drawn from all over the world. Plus, it probably doesn’t hurt that the » Read more

London Summer Fun: Taking a sightseeing break with a cool dip in a pool or pond

London Summer Fun: Taking a sightseeing break with a cool dip in a pool or pond

If you happen to be in London for one of those rare but glorious sunshiny days, sometimes a park just won’t cut it. So why not consider one of the city’s great outdoor pools or even swimming ponds? It’s where you’ll find the locals cooling down and soaking up the sun. Park Road Leisure Centre » Read more

London Transportation: How to save on your Tube and bus tickets

London Transportation: How to save on your Tube and bus tickets

London transport can be complicated. Should I get an Oyster Card or buy single journey tickets? How does the zone system work? And, if you don’t get it quite right, it can be extra expensive as well. Underground, Overground, here are a few questions to help you navigate yourself around London’s transport system. Related: 4 » Read more

London: A cheapo neighborhood guide to Kings Cross

London: A cheapo neighborhood guide to Kings Cross

Take a stroll through Kings Cross today, and it is barely recognizable from what it once was. In fact, it has now got its very own brand spanking new post code (N1C), and the first phase of the area’s redevelopment is open to the public, so you’re free to explore the new buildings, public squares » Read more

London myths are falling down: 8 popular misconceptions about visiting

London myths are falling down: 8 popular misconceptions about visiting

Thanks to EuroCheapo correspondents across Europe, we now know that all Parisians aren’t the height of chic, and that Barcelona isn’t full of sangria-guzzling locals. Now it’s time to leap on the next Eurostar to debunk a few myths about London. 1. Londoners are rude Of course, London can be a frantic city, with so » Read more

London budget tips: How to get a cheap (or even free!) haircut

London budget tips: How to get a cheap (or even free!) haircut

You may have managed to find a great London hotel deal, but once you’ve checked in, London does have a way of extracting cash from you at a rate of knots. While there are ways and means to enjoy cheap food and excursions, I’ve always been stunned at how much you can be charged for » Read more

London: Five central hotels for under £100 per night

London: Five central hotels for under £100 per night

Accommodation in London is getting increasingly pricey with every passing day. Rates can easily hover upwards around £200 to £300 per night, and sometimes it feels like you need to shell out hundreds of quid just for the “luxury” of a window in the city. But don’t fret! There are still some great hidden gems » Read more

A new look for London’s Generator Hostel

A new look for London’s Generator Hostel

Mention lounges decked out with designs by the likes of Moooi and Tom Dixon, and you’d probably picture yourself inside a budget-busting hotel or restaurant. But they’re just a couple of the impressive pieces you’ll find in London’s far more wallet-friendly Generator Hostel, which has just undertaken a £8 million revamp. The London Generator was » Read more

Qbic London City: Does the new hotel manage to be both chic and cheap?

Qbic London City: Does the new hotel manage to be both chic and cheap?

Dutch hotel company Qbic opened its first property in Amsterdam in 2007, and its new London hotel is the next step in an ambitious expansion plan which aims to see 10 properties opened in the UK & Europe over the next seven years. It’s a hotel wth an intriguing concept, but will it catch on? » Read more

In praise of London’s independent hotels

In praise of London’s independent hotels

Walk down London’s Gower Street and it’s easy to imagine how it looked 10, 20, 30 years ago—its historic architecture is home to many long established organizations such as University College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. Then there’s the reason that most Cheapos will be in the area—the abundance of reasonably priced » Read more

Visiting London: 5 easy ways to keep your wallet happy

Visiting London: 5 easy ways to keep your wallet happy

London is a pricey city—there’s no denying it. But Cheapos can make their British pennies go further by following these frugal ways to enjoy the best of the capital. 1. Get an Oyster! First things first, don’t even think about stepping on a Tube or bus without an Oyster card. Fares are high enough without » Read more

London restaurants: 4 ways to save big the next time you eat out

London restaurants: 4 ways to save big the next time you eat out

So we’ve finally made it through January, and the endless detoxing is over, hurrah! You may wish to celebrate by indulging in some of London’s most delicious eateries. But before you do, check out these tips to get a bit more bang for your buck when eating out in London. 1. TopTable When booking online » Read more

London: A cheapo guide to Paddington’s hotels, restaurants and bars

London: A cheapo guide to Paddington’s hotels, restaurants and bars

It’s easy enough to find your way to Paddington—it’s a station served by several underground lines, as well as the Heathrow Express. However, it’s harder to pin down as an area—we’ve used it to describe the cluster of budget hotels around the station that, on a London map, would probably be marked as Bayswater. Aside » Read more

London cinema: How to score tickets on the cheap

London cinema: How to score tickets on the cheap

Oscar season is upon us, and the lousy weather makes it the perfect time to cozy up and watch some of the latest releases. But in the age of downloads, going to the cinema in London has become somewhat of a premium experience, with ticket prices closer to those of the theater than a cheap » Read more

“London Villages”: A holiday gift idea for the urban explorer

“London Villages”: A holiday gift idea for the urban explorer

Most visitors to London, whatever their budget, are united in the fact that they don’t leave home without a trusty guidebook tucked under their arm. Whether it’s Rough Guides, Lonely Planet, or the newly launched Frommer’s catering to all needs, Hg2 and Wallpaper* sniffing out the best exclusive finds, or Eurocheapo’s own e-guide “101 ways » Read more

London: A cheapo guide to Bloomsbury’s hotels, restaurants and bars

London: A cheapo guide to Bloomsbury’s hotels, restaurants and bars

It’s not surprising why Bloomsbury is so popular with visitors to London. It’s both charming – picture streets of Georgian townhouses with pretty garden squares and cozy pubs – and convenient, being situated in the centre of the city with attractions such as the British Museum just around the corner. There are still lots of » Read more

London: The rise of the extreme cheapo hotel

London: The rise of the extreme cheapo hotel

EuroCheapo prides itself on sniffing out the best value accommodation options in a city, while more often than not, keeping the emphasis on family-run properties with character that add something to your stay. That said, the emergence of a different breed of cheap no-frills accommodation in Europe cannot be ignored, as these properties offer the » Read more

London: Free newspapers and magazines for every day of the week

London: Free newspapers and magazines for every day of the week

If you’re on the hunt for information about what to do in London or looking to catch up on the latest news, travel, style or beauty ideas, then you’re in luck. There has been an explosion of quality free publications in London (and across the UK) over the last few years. In addition to the » Read more

Hotel Q&A: London’s Ridgemount Hotel on keeping it personal

Hotel Q&A: London’s Ridgemount Hotel on keeping it personal

The Ridgemount Hotel is a great budget option on hotel packed Gower Street in London’s Bloomsbury neighborhood. In contrast to many of the hotels, it’s definitely a family concern, with the owners around every day to help and pass on tips. I had the pleasure of meeting Aled Rees, the grandson of the original owners. » Read more

London: 5 tasty and cheap eats worth the trip outside the main tourist zone

London: 5 tasty and cheap eats worth the trip outside the main tourist zone

In London, the best food values are often found away from the well-trodden streets of Soho and Covent Garden, so try these recommended restaurants to save some pennies and eat alongside the locals. Pizza: Stringray Cafe Locations in north and east London Website This friendly pizzeria with branches in east London’s Colombia Road and north » Read more

5 cheap and delicious eats in central London

5 cheap and delicious eats in central London

Exploring central London and feeling peckish? Here are five fool-proof places where you can refuel without emptying your wallet. 1. East Street 3-5 Rathbone Place W1T 1HJ Metro: Oxford Circus / Tottenham Court Road Website This funky pan-Asian restaurant is the perfect stop off point when you tire of shopping along Oxford Street. The menu » Read more

London: A Cheapo’s Guide to Southwark’s hotels, restaurants and bars

London: A Cheapo’s Guide to Southwark’s hotels, restaurants and bars

Arguably nowhere else in London illustrates the changing face of the city as much as Southwark does. It has centuries of history to be explored, whether you prefer to do that in a 17th-century pub or, in the case of Tate Modern, a re-purposed 20th-century power station. Throughout the area, historic warehouses have become cool restaurants, shops and homes, » Read more