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: Breaking down 3 popular discount offers

London: Breaking down 3 popular discount offers

While many of London’s most interesting sights, such as the national museums, are completely free to visit, there are still those “must-see” places that come with a hefty price tags. Whether you’ve got your heart set on sailing over the city at the London Eye, delving into its gory depths at the London Dungeon or » Read more

10 free things that will make you fall in love with London

10 free things that will make you fall in love with London

There’s that famous phrase “tired of London, tired of life.” But it’s not that we get tired of London’s countless entertainments and diversions—it’s just that sometimes our wallet does. When that budget starts to bite, it’s worth remembering that the many things that London offers for free, can be every bit as inspiring as all » Read more

London Airport Transport: Our picks for the fastest and cheapest ways into town

London Airport Transport: Our picks for the fastest and cheapest ways into town

Arriving at one of London’s five major airports often feels like it’s just the beginning of your journey. You still need to navigate your way through the city’s 1,572 square kilometers, while attempting not to waste time and money. But the time it takes to get from the airport to your hotel can increase massively » Read more

London on a budget: A guide to visiting a traditional pub

London on a budget: A guide to visiting a traditional pub

A stop-off (or several!) in a traditional London pub is a must-do for most visitors in the city. If English people seem uptight on the tube, the pub is where we kick back and relax, catch up with our friends and put the world to rights. Needless to say, a visit to the pub comes » Read more

London to launch “Night Tube” on the weekends

London to launch “Night Tube” on the weekends

A 24-hour tube service is something London has most certainly been missing. While taking the night bus is a cultural experience of sorts, it’s by no means the most direct route home, often involving hours spent hanging around bus stops in the freezing cold. On arrival of said bus, expect to pile in with a » Read more

London Hotels: 5 budget stays with special perks

London Hotels: 5 budget stays with special perks

It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choice when looking for somewhere to stay in London. Price and location are important considerations, but what about those little perks that really help to make a stay? Here are five London stays that offer valuable extras, along with the cleanliness and value for money that makes them » Read more

London on a Budget: Sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market

London on a Budget: Sunday at Columbia Road Flower Market

Summer may have drawn to a close (sob!), but despite the return of early nightfall and grey skies in London, there’s a sure fire way of injecting a bit of color into your weekend—a visit to the Columbia Road Flower Market! Stocking up on flowers In what has to be the city’s most vibrant market, » Read more

London Budget Eats: 5 classic British dishes to try

London Budget Eats: 5 classic British dishes to try

While Britain may not have the same reputation for food as, say, France and Italy, it definitely has its own distinct dishes. Traditional British food and drink has seen seeing something of a revival over the last ten years and, if you are travelling around the UK, keep your eye out for regional specialties such » Read more

London’s biggest budget hotel to open in West End

London’s biggest budget hotel to open in West End

If you’ve ever been one of those tourists who snaps an iconic photo in front of the lights in Piccadilly Circus, you’ve probably also seen the Trocadero building, an enormous Edwardian edifice which sits between Shaftesbury Avenue and Coventry Street. Over the years the building has been home to many different things, most recently an » Read more

London Cheap Things To Do: Totally Thames Festival

London Cheap Things To Do: Totally Thames Festival

The River Thames links London together as much as it also marks out that oh-so-important north / south city divide that locals feel so passionate about. But this month, the Thames Festival Trust, who have organized many exciting events along the river over the last 16 years, is embracing the importance of our river even » Read more

London: Cheapo neighborhood guide to Islington

London: Cheapo neighborhood guide to Islington

Tackling London’s top sights and busiest central areas is one thing, but if you really want to get under the skin of this city, you need to eat, drink and shop in the areas where locals actually live. Islington is one of north London’s jewels in the crown, a lively corner where some of the » Read more

The cheapest way to travel between London & Paris: Planes, trains & buses from £1.50

The cheapest way to travel between London & Paris: Planes, trains & buses from £1.50

London and Paris are two of Europe’s biggest tourist destinations, just a few hours away from each other by road or rail; about an hour’s distance in the air. Barring car travel, there are three ways to make the journey between the two capitals: by air, by rail and by road. But what about the » Read more

London: Where to eat for cheap near the West End theatre district

London: Where to eat for cheap near the West End theatre district

Scored some bargain theater tickets? I’m here to really make your evening complete, and let you know the best place to grab some seriously tasty food before you sit down to be seriously entertained. There are plenty of menus catering to the London theater lovers, and they can offer brilliant value for money. On the » Read more

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

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