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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: 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: Free Saturday concerts at the Union Chapel

London: Free Saturday concerts at the Union Chapel

By Lara Kavanagh in London— The Union Chapel is arguably London‘s most atmospheric concert venue, with its soaring ceiling, solid church pews and killer acoustics. The chapel, which is still a working church, hosts a full concert program, with performances several nights a week. While tickets for evening gigs are generally not too expensive (most » Read more

London’s Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries: Top 5 ways to cross the Thames

London’s Bridges, Tunnels and Ferries: Top 5 ways to cross the Thames

You probably saw the recent news that London’s civic authorities are pressing ahead with a plan to span the River Thames with a cable car. This new public transport service across the river will connect two important Olympic venues and should be up and running by this time next year. It is not the first » Read more

London: Open-air theater with cheap (or free) seats

London: Open-air theater with cheap (or free) seats

By Lara Kavanagh in London— Now that the worst of the winter weather seems to be finally easing off, lots of fun London activities are quite rightly taking themselves outdoors. Theater is one of London’s biggest selling points, and one of the city’s beloved spring and summer activities is to catch an Open Air Theatre » Read more

London Marathon: Where to watch the race

London Marathon: Where to watch the race

By Nina Derham in London— If you’re planning to be in London on April 17, 2011, make sure you don’t miss the London Marathon. It may be too late to sign yourself up as a runner, but there is a lot of fun to be had on the sidelines and it also makes for an » Read more

London with Children: Kid-friendly activities on a budget

London with Children: Kid-friendly activities on a budget

By Lara Kavanagh in London— There are many worthwhile child-friendly attractions in London, but when you’re on a budget some of the entry prices can be intimidating. To balance out costs during your visit, consider these four free activities, guaranteed to entertain the whole family. Exploring Hamleys 188-196 Regent Street London W1B 5BT Tel: 0871 » Read more

London’s Royal Wedding: A Cheapo’s guide

London’s Royal Wedding: A Cheapo’s guide

By Nina Derham in London— Many Brits feel that foreigners often take more of an interest in the royal family than they do. However, Prince William’s wedding to Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011 has been a constant theme in the media since it was announced last November and the British public has been lapping » Read more

London: Affordable haircuts you can trust

London: Affordable haircuts you can trust

By Lara Kavanagh in London— Trying to get a haircut at a good price can be a bit of a gamble. Budget establishments can be less creative, and a bit of a worry if you want something specific. Visiting a salon with a more defined sense of style can be prohibitively expensive, particularly if you’re » Read more

London Travelodge: Bargain rooms from £29

London Travelodge: Bargain rooms from £29

Cast back 20 years and most Brits who pounded the country’s freeways knew exactly what a Travelodge was. They were the functional hotels strategically placed at major highway intersections across the country. Good for a one-night stop to break a long drive, but hardly the sort of spot you would choose for a cozy weekend » 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 night out at the movies

London: A Cheapo night out at the movies

By Lara Kavanagh in London— Central London cinema prices are enough to put off even the seasoned local, often reaching £12 to £14 per person, and even more if you go to a really upmarket joint. But there is some relief in sight. If you’re on vacation and able to catch a mid-week movie, then » 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

London: 2 hangouts offering events, crafts, drinks and more

London: 2 hangouts offering events, crafts, drinks and more

By Lara Kavanagh in London— Sometimes it’s great to have everything in one place, without having to trek around town. Here are two great London venues with a multi-purpose approach to entertainment, including some fun free activities. Drink, Shop & Do 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX Open: Tuesday to Saturday Tel: 020 3343 9138 Web » Read more

A not-so-lazy Sunday in East London

A not-so-lazy Sunday in East London

By Nina Derham in London— Calling all Cheapos looking for an affordable, fun Sunday that won’t break the bank: Set that alarm clock and head for East London! The day promises art, plenty of shopping for all budgets and mouth-watering cheapo eats. 1. Morning: Art at the Whitechapel Gallery Start your day at the Whitechapel » 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

Nightlife Worth Getting Dolled Up For in London

Nightlife Worth Getting Dolled Up For in London

By Lara Kavanagh in London—Cheapos clean up well. It’s the time of the year when the last of the Christmas turkey has disappeared into the trash, and the New Year hangover is receding. January can be a bit of a downer, but luckily London has a year-round calendar of fun nights out, many of them involving » 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

London with Children: Puppet shows at the Little Angel Theatre

London with Children: Puppet shows at the Little Angel Theatre

By Lara Kavanagh in London— If you’re visiting London as a family and have small children in tow, the wealth of things to see and do can be a little overwhelming. One child-friendly activity that cannot be recommended highly enough is seeing a production at the Little Angel Theatre, where the stars of the show » 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: Ice Skating Rinks with Central Locations and Views

London: Ice Skating Rinks with Central Locations and Views

By Neha Gadhvi in London— Ice skating rinks pop up in London‘s parks, museums and nestled alongside stunning landmarks across the city during Christmas time, with residents donning skates and falling over themselves to have fun on the ice. Leave your dignity at the door, grab your mittens, a glass of mulled wine and a » Read more

London: The Enchanted Woodland offers a wintery escape, Nov 19-Dec 5

London: The Enchanted Woodland offers a wintery escape, Nov 19-Dec 5

By Lara Kavanagh in London— As the weather in London grows frosty and thoughts turn to frantic Christmas shopping, it’s a good time to escape the high street and pursue some Christmassy activities out in the increasingly fresh air. One excellent refuge is the magical Enchanted Woodland, which returns to Syon Park, the grounds of » Read more

Three Stunning London Cemeteries

Three Stunning London Cemeteries

By Lara Kavanagh in London— However morbid it might sound, a stroll around one of London’s historic cemeteries can make a wonderfully atmospheric detour off the usual tourist track. In the early 19th century, several large, elegant cemeteries were commissioned to accommodate the demands of the burgeoning London populace; listed below are three of the » Read more

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