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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: 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

Best Outdoor Food Markets in London

Best Outdoor Food Markets in London

The sun is (just about) still shining on London town and the city is at its finest, so hit the streets and indulge in some affordable grub at London’s best outdoor food markets before the rain returns! While Borough Market and the South Bank Centre’s Real Food Market are worthy staples on most visitor’s list » Read more

London: 5 classic British desserts found on most pub menus

London: 5 classic British desserts found on most pub menus

Much of what you’ll read on EuroCheapo’s London blog will highlight the incredible variety of cuisines on offer in the capital. From top notch Thai, Vietnamese, Mexican, French and Italian to Lebanese, Turkish, Spanish and Indian, London is the ideal place to introduce your taste-buds to new flavors. However, what we tend to shout about » Read more

London: 4 delicious Sunday roasts for under £15

London: 4 delicious Sunday roasts for under £15

While visitors to the UK often feel that tradition has been lost in modern day London, one thing that us Londoners do hold in very high esteem is our Sunday Roast. The fantastic mixture of succulent meat (generally a choice of beef, chicken, lamb or pork), served with indulgently crispy roasted potatoes, colorful “veg” and » Read more

London: 4 tea rooms that are deliciously affordable

London: 4 tea rooms that are deliciously affordable

With another spate of icy weather on the way, Londoners and visitors alike will be planning their retreats from the cold. And what better way to pass the time than sipping on a steaming cup of tea and tucking into a delicious sugary treat? It certainly takes the edge off the chill. Go easy on » Read more

Fish and Chips: Comparing London and Cadiz

Fish and Chips: Comparing London and Cadiz

Fish and chips may often be feted as the iconic British food staple, but that does not mean that Brits have been frying their fish since antiquity. As food fads go, the British affection for deep-fried fish is a pretty recent affair. We learnt this little culinary detail when we visited Cádiz earlier this year. » Read more

London: Three cheap eats offering dinner for under £10

London: Three cheap eats offering dinner for under £10

Fast food chains aside, it sometimes feels like a tough task to find a bargain meal in a sit-down restaurant in central London. But when you know where to look it’s easier than you think. Here are three ideas for a tasty dinner for under £10: The Beach Hut 28 Highbury Park, London, N5 2AA » Read more

Best restaurants for an affordable brunch in central London

Best restaurants for an affordable brunch in central London

By Nina Derham in London— If your accommodation in London doesn’t include breakfast, then a hearty brunch can be a great way to set yourself up for a busy day of sightseeing. It also saves you from splashing the cash on two separate meals. As if that weren’t reason enough, it’s also darn tasty and » Read more

London: 3 bakeries with delicious brownies, cupcakes and other sweet treats

London: 3 bakeries with delicious brownies, cupcakes and other sweet treats

By Nina Derham in London— If you are going to let loose your indulgent side in London then there’s no better time than Easter. Whether or not you’ve spent the last 12 weeks on a chocolate ban (like your author here has), London’s cake shops and patisseries are at their most tempting around this time » Read more

London Cheap Eats in Soho: Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican and Lebanese

London Cheap Eats in Soho: Vietnamese, Indian, Mexican and Lebanese

By Nina Derham in London— Exploring the streets of London can be hungry work and a tasty, filling lunch can be exactly what you need to refuel and keep going. Aside from being one of the city’s most popular neighborhoods, London’s Soho is bursting with places to grab a delicious meal. Here are four of » Read more

London: Cocktail bars with great happy hours

London: Cocktail bars with great happy hours

By Nina Derham in London— The streets of London may be lined with bars, but as most Cheapos know, stretching your budget to the early hours and making the most of London’s nightlife is no easy feat. We all have our weaknesses and cocktails are mine – my wallet-shrinking, budget-reducing, wholeheartedly guilty pleasure. I’m constantly » Read more

London: 5 restaurant chains worth a second look

London: 5 restaurant chains worth a second look

By Nina Derham in London— I’m certainly one to agree that eating out abroad is all about sampling the local cuisine and trying out quirky, independent restaurants. However, any visitor to London will also be struck by the number of well-established chain restaurants that buzz day and night throughout the city. While some serve up » Read more

London: 3 recommended BYOB restaurants

London: 3 recommended BYOB restaurants

By Nina Derham in London— Eating out in London can burn a hole in your wallet even before you start ordering alcohol with your meal. One of the easiest ways to dine out on the cheap is to bring your own alcohol and so avoid the preposterous markup slapped on to even the most basic » Read more

London: A Cheapo’s introduction to delicious British food

London: A Cheapo’s introduction to delicious British food

By Nina Derham in London— Now the Brits don’t have a great reputation for the quality of their cuisine, but in the last few years there has been an explosion of “gastropubs” and swanky eateries in London, all of which pride themselves on serving up hearty traditional British fare, making Brit cuisine incredibly fashionable and » Read more

5 tasty (and cheap) eats in London’s East End

5 tasty (and cheap) eats in London’s East End

By Lara Kavanagh and Daniel Gill in London— London’s East End is one of the trendiest spots on earth, its once dowdy streets undergoing continual gentrification. This is where to head to see some great alternative art galleries and to shop in everything from high-end boutiques to second-hand emporiums and artisan markets. There’s no end » Read more

3 Bars in Central London with Great “Happy Hours”

3 Bars in Central London with Great “Happy Hours”

By Lara Kavanagh in London— London is a pricey city, and visitors tend to suffer a decent hit to their wallets before they even get to cocktail hour. Here are three trusted happy hours around town to ensure you get a bit of a bargain to kick off your night. Dirty Martini’s 11/12 Russell Street » Read more

4 Cheapo ways to be romantic in London

4 Cheapo ways to be romantic in London

By Nina Derham in London— Valentine’s Day is upon us again and love is in the air, so come on Cheapos, it’s time to pull out all the stops and show that special someone you care with a romantic (and budget-friendly) day out in London! 1. Escape the city on a romantic walk Many visitors » Read more

Top coffee shops and cafés in central London

Top coffee shops and cafés in central London

By Lara Kavanagh in London—England may be better known for its tea drinkers, but one thing that helps keep the frenetic capital ticking over is its daily coffee. Visitors will notice that we’re a city overrun with chains, but there are some fantastic alternatives to the ubiquitous Starbucks and Costa branches. Here are three great » Read more

5 Traditional Pubs in London Worth a Visit

5 Traditional Pubs in London Worth a Visit

By Nina Derham in London— When living abroad one of the things I missed most about London was the comfort and coziness of a traditional pub. Spain has its tapas bars and Germany has its breweries. Brazil has its botecos and Morocco has its tea shops. But what England does really well is the traditional » Read more

Traditional Afternoon Tea in London Without Breaking the Bank

Traditional Afternoon Tea in London Without Breaking the Bank

By Lara Kavanagh in London— A proper afternoon tea in London can be an expensive affair, with the classic set-up usually costing a hefty £40 or £50 per person. Delightful as it is to indulge at renowned institutions such as Fortnum and Mason or Claridges, you can save a bundle of cash by booking an » Read more

London: Tasty English Breakfasts for Cheapos

London: Tasty English Breakfasts for Cheapos

By Neha Gadhvi in London— If Barcelona has tapas and Rome knows how to make a pasta dinner then surely London’s coveted culinary must-have is the essential English breakfast. Today, many cafés and restaurants specialize in this national treat consisting of crispy back bacon, outdoor-reared sausage, eggs, whole-cup mushrooms, crispy hash browns, tomatoes, Heinz baked beans and » Read more

London: 7 cheap (and tasty) restaurants in Soho

London: 7 cheap (and tasty) restaurants in Soho

It is possible to get a cheap, value-for-money meal in London—even in one of its busiest neighborhoods. If you don’t mind brusque service, unassuming menus or slightly quirky surroundings, you’ll find plenty of budget-friendly gems in the heart of Soho. Here’s a rundown of some reliable restaurants in Soho, suitable for the slimmest of wallets: Trattoria » Read more

London: 5 great eats in London for under £10

London: 5 great eats in London for under £10

By Justin Bergman in London– Fear not, Cheapos, London is not going to drain your wallet when it comes to food. Sure, you can easily blow $200-300 on dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay’s famous restaurants, but you might be bitterly disappointed the star chef’s London venues were just trashed by the Harden’s London Restaurants » Read more