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 free live music and comedy clubs

London: A Cheapo’s guide to free live music and comedy clubs

By Nina Derham in London— Saving your pennies can feel like an impossible task in a city like London when just using public transport can burn a massive hole in your pocket. Thankfully, all the main museums are free, meaning that large chunks of your day can be spent admiring everything from the wonders of » Read more

London: 4 ways to save on public transportation

London: 4 ways to save on public transportation

By Nina Derham in London— London is a costly city in many ways, but public transport prices are really ludicrous. For Londoners and commuters alike, January is an especially sore point and outrage spreads on an annual basis when the January 2nd price hikes come into force. 2012 is no exception, as this year the » Read more

London: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

London: Which neighborhood is right for your trip?

By Nina Derham in London— Choosing accommodation in London can be tricky. The city is so vast that if you are on the hunt for cheap accommodation, you run the risk of ending up a long way from the main sights and spending the majority of your visit battling with the Tube! Trust me, nobody » Read more

London for Free: Performances, galleries, skating and tours

London for Free: Performances, galleries, skating and tours

By Nina Derham in London— Despite being a notoriously pricey city when you consider the cost of booze, transport and accommodation, London is surprisingly generous when it comes to dishing out free attractions and entertainment. To begin with, all the main museums and art galleries are free, meaning that visitors can spend days wandering between » Read more

St Pancras Station, London: A place to linger

St Pancras Station, London: A place to linger

London’s St Pancras station is the grandest terminus in a city that is full of wonderful railway stations. It is a place to linger. For 140 years, this spectacular station has been the jumping-off point for travelers bound for the East Midlands and Yorkshire. Wider horizons Four years ago this week, St Pancras found new » Read more

London Christmas Guide: Christmas markets and lights

London Christmas Guide: Christmas markets and lights

By Nina Derham in London— While London has been known to disappoint during the summer months due to the lack of, well, summer, one thing this capital really knows how to do is winter. As autumn fades away and the temperature drops, London comes alive with sparkling lights, bustling shopping streets, cozy cafes and pubs » Read more

London: 3 budget hotels with amazing locations

London: 3 budget hotels with amazing locations

By Nina Derham in London— When I scoured the streets of London hunting down the best affordable hotels, B&B’s and hostels for EuroCheapo’s London hotel guide, I was constantly amazed by many of their brilliant locations. Most people expect to pay dearly to stay in central London, but if you know where to look, there » Read more

London in the Rain: 5 cheap things to do on those rainy days

London in the Rain: 5 cheap things to do on those rainy days

By Nina Derham in London— The bitter truth is that London is never short of rainy days, meaning that popular cheapo activities such as picnics in parks and city walks may well have to be called off. The good news is that the city is jam-packed with fun, wallet-friendly things to do under cover! Here » Read more

Cheap London Hotels: Our favorite budget places to sleep

Cheap London Hotels: Our favorite budget places to sleep

By Nina Derham in London— Choosing a budget hotel in London can be a truly daunting task. But fear not, Cheapos; it is possible if you know where to look! I recently spent several weeks visiting budget-friendly hotels, B&Bs and hostels in London for EuroCheapo’s London hotel guide. It’s hard to pick three favorites, but, » 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: 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

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