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: 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

London’s bike share program and other cheapo cycling options

London’s bike share program and other cheapo cycling options

London had its first RideLondon cycling festival last weekend, seeing over 70,000 cyclists, professional and amateur, take to the roads on a 100-mile circuit between London and Surrey. The success of the festival, followed by the announcement that it will become an annual event, cemented the fact that cycling in London is going from strength » 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

Hotelier Q&A: Mark Desira of Luna & Simone Hotel, London

Hotelier Q&A: Mark Desira of Luna & Simone Hotel, London

For the next in our series of our favorite hotel proprietors in London, I spoke to Mark Desira of the Luna & Simone Hotel. It’s another hotel that continues to get great reviews for its helpfulness and hospitality. (Indeed as I’m taking my photo of Mark, a couple of hotel guest remark how they’d like » Read more

10 money saving tips for first-time visitors to London

10 money saving tips for first-time visitors to London

First time visit to London? Lucky you! There’s lots to look forward to. What’s not fun to anticipate, however, are the costs involved. Plan ahead and it’ll go a long way towards ensuring a stress-free trip. To save a few shillings without having to scrimp on the sights, here are our EuroCheapo top tips for » 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: 5 bus routes every visitor should know

London: 5 bus routes every visitor should know

If you want to get to know London properly, why waste your time being crushed too close to a commuter on the Tube when the London bus offers a far more pleasant way to get around? And it’s also far cheaper. Using an Oyster card, it’ll cost you £4.40 a day at most to get » Read more

London: How to score free and cheap classical music tickets

London: How to score free and cheap classical music tickets

There are more opportunities to get cultured on the cheap in London than you’d expect, and classical music is no exception. Whether you’re up for bagging a last-minute standing ticket or booking in at a special concert, London’s classical music scene has something for all pockets. Our “Cheapo Culture” series is exploring ways for budget » Read more

London: A Cheapo guide to South Kensington’s hotels, restaurants and bars

London: A Cheapo guide to South Kensington’s hotels, restaurants and bars

London’s South Kensington neighborhood is a funny place. There’s no denying the excellence of attractions such as the museums, Hyde Park and the Royal Albert Hall. There are sweet mews streets and some gorgeous bits of architecture. Unfortunately, the area is fully aware of its own charms and has pushed the prices up accordingly. With members of the » Read more

London: Our favorite free art museums and galleries

London: Our favorite free art museums and galleries

Eating and drinking in London may not be as easily affordable as in some other European cities, but the city is one of the world’s most generous when it comes to art. Yes, Cheapos, you can gorge on free art in London until your cultured minds can take no more. From the big name galleries » Read more

Favorite Proprietors Q&A: Rosanna Marazzi of the Celtic Hotel in London

Favorite Proprietors Q&A: Rosanna Marazzi of the Celtic Hotel in London

The Celtic Hotel in Bloomsbury is a long-standing EuroCheapo favorite and continually gets great visitor reviews, thanks in a huge part due to its welcoming staff. I had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with one of its owners, Rosanna Marazzi, to find out more about some of the charms of the hotel. Tell me » Read more

Camp in London? It’s easier and cheaper than you may think!

Camp in London? It’s easier and cheaper than you may think!

Think accommodation in London and I bet camping doesn’t even enter your head. So it may come as a surprise to learn that there are several year-round camping options available within the London postcode. It’s probably less of a surprise that these are generally found on the outer fringes of the city. (And there’s even » Read more

London: How to find cheap and free theater tickets

London: How to find cheap and free theater tickets

As part of EuroCheapo’s new series on “Budget Culture,” I’ve been scouring the streets of London to find out how wallet-conscious Cheapo’s can enjoy London’s lively theater scene on the cheap. You’ll be glad to hear that the options are plentiful, so there’s no excuse not to get cultured in London! Discounted West End tickets » Read more

London Free Things: 7 things that won’t cost you a penny

London Free Things: 7 things that won’t cost you a penny

After reading the seven things that are always free in Paris article I was inspired to create an equivalent guide to things that are always free in London. I’m not going to dare to suggest that one city does free things better than the other: it’s simply another case of vive la difference. While Parisians » Read more

London: 5 budget hotels with style

London: 5 budget hotels with style

While London may be justifiably proud of its historic charms, it also likes to think of itself as being at the cutting edge of contemporary design. That’s a claim that’s not always substantiated by the fussy and fusty décor of some of the city’s budget hotels. But it is possible to find more contemporary design » Read more

London: A Cheapo guide to Soho’s hotels, restaurants and bars

London: A Cheapo guide to Soho’s hotels, restaurants and bars

Soho is a microcosm for both the very best and some of the least appealing aspects of London life, with plush media offices, chic boutiques and some of the city’s fanciest restaurants rubbing up against sex shops and scruffy bars. And yet, Soho remains one central area of this expensive city where Cheapos can definitely » 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: 10 cheap things to do (for under £10!)

London: 10 cheap things to do (for under £10!)

It’s easy to feel that your money is getting eaten away in London, but it is possible to have fun on a tenner. Here are my Top 10 Things to do in London on £10. 1. Ride the RV1 or number 11 bus From £1.40 For as little as £2.40 (or £1.40 with an Oyster » 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

London: Shape up! Free and cheap gyms, fitness classes, group runs and more

London: Shape up! Free and cheap gyms, fitness classes, group runs and more

So, the first month of 2013 is already speeding away, which begs the question – how are those resolutions going? It’s tough to keep to a fitness routine at the best of times but when traveling abroad it requires a monumental effort. Whether you’re tucking into the best pastries in Paris, enjoying a few pints » Read more

Orbiting London: Going Underground and Overground

Orbiting London: Going Underground and Overground

If your idea of fun is traveling in circles, then London’s Circle Line was made just for you. In truth, the trains don’t orbit forever and with each 360 degree circuit you’ll need to change trains to continue your orbit. Edgware Road is the usual changeover point. The Circle Line: Barely subterranean Like many points » Read more

How would you spend one day in London?

How would you spend one day in London?

If you found yourself in the position of only having one day to spend visiting London, how would you even know where to start? In many ways it’s an unenviable challenge, as it’s too little time to get more than a fleeting impression of the city. And yet, at the same time, you’re happy to » Read more

London: 3 Unique “Crafternoons”

London: 3 Unique “Crafternoons”

“Crafternoons” have become increasingly popular in London and rightly so. It’s a fun and original way to spend an entertaining evening or afternoon without paying the earth. So get that paintbrush and sewing kit ready and try out one of these lovely London options. Art4Fun 172 West End Lane Tube: West Hampstead Cost: £5.95 studio fee, » 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

The best views in London… for free!

The best views in London… for free!

Visiting the tourist attractions of any major city can cost a small fortune, and those boasting the best vistas are often the most expensive. London is no exception and the city’s three newest attractions—The Shard, the Emirates Air-Line cable car and The Orbit in the Olympic Park, all pride themselves on offering spectacular views of » Read more