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.

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

Vintage Clothing Shops and Markets in London

Vintage Clothing Shops and Markets in London

By Neha Gadhvi in London— Every now and again I catch my breath going through a pile of crumbled clothes in a damp smelling sea of castoffs at one of London’s vintage or charity shops. Who knows where it’s been? Or what sort of person had worn it? How did it make them feel? And » Read more

London: Three lesser-known museums with free admission

London: Three lesser-known museums with free admission

By Lara Kavanagh in London— London is full to bursting with museums and galleries. Here are three small and unusual choices, none of which charges a penny to enter. Sir John Soane’s Museum 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (last entry 4.30 p.m.) Free entry Tel: 020 » Read more

A touch of the countryside in London’s East End

A touch of the countryside in London’s East End

By Lara Kavanagh in London Even for tourists enjoying a reasonably relaxed vacation, the city of London can be a tiring place. But if you’re out and about exploring Shoreditch and the East End, duck into Hackney City Farm for a welcome respite and a miniature slice of the countryside, all free of charge. The » 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: Outdoor swimming in London Fields

London: Outdoor swimming in London Fields

Here in the UK we’re not known for our sunny skies and golden tans. But we are fond of a good swim, and lots of us in London actually prefer to take a dip out in the open air than under a sports center roof. It may seem like madness, but you might just change » Read more

5 free and fun things to do in London

5 free and fun things to do in London

From the crème de la crème of haute cuisine, the shopping (oh, lord love the shopping), the glitzy theaters and the never-ending list of bougie bars and boutique hotels, London is an expensive city. But as the age-old saying goes, there are pleasures in life that money simply cannot buy—and believe it or not, some » Read more

London: The city’s new bike-share program pedals forth

London: The city’s new bike-share program pedals forth

Paris did it, albeit with a few setbacks, and now it’s London’s turn to implement a public bike-share program. The mayor has championed cycling in the capital as a green and healthy means of navigating the city. He was also keen to be snapped riding about on one of the new bank-sponsored bikes for the » 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: “First Thursdays” free event offers gallery hopping (and wine)

London: “First Thursdays” free event offers gallery hopping (and wine)

Once a month, London’s impecunious city-dwellers and art-lovers alike can enjoy an evening of free art, and quite often, free drinks. Time Out’s First Thursdays take place every month in East London around Tower Hamlets and Hackney, with over 100 art galleries opening into the evening. It’s a fun, free cultural event with a hint of » Read more

London: Teatime at Buckingham Palace for summer 2010

London: Teatime at Buckingham Palace for summer 2010

If you’re looking for a bit of decadence in London this summer, why not take your tea like the royals do—at Buckingham Palace? From July 27 to September 29, 2010, the recently opened Garden Café will provide visitors the opportunity to enjoy some light refreshment on the West Terrace, located between the State Rooms and » Read more

London: The Cheapest Way to Heathrow—Train, Tube or Car?

London: The Cheapest Way to Heathrow—Train, Tube or Car?

Every traveler has been there: You touch down in an unfamiliar city and feel immediately discombobulated. Getting out of the airport, sleep-deprived, with all of your luggage in hand is one thing—then you’re faced with the sometimes gargantuan task of figuring out how to get into town. Some of us jump in a taxi—and pay dearly » Read more

London: The 4 best weekend markets for bargain shopping (and people watching)

London: The 4 best weekend markets for bargain shopping (and people watching)

If it’s a weekend in London, then it’s market time, no matter what season. Londoners are undeniably proud of their markets and not just because some of them date back to medieval times. The city’s markets are hands down the best places to find bargains, whether you are looking for vintage clothes, artisanal cheeses or » Read more

London Buses: Finding a route, saving on tickets, and why we love ‘em

London Buses: Finding a route, saving on tickets, and why we love ‘em

Any visitor to London will undoubtedly leave singing the praises of the Oyster card. Not only is the Underground’s “pay-as-you-go” card efficient—you just swipe in when you get on the Tube and swipe out when you get off and the fare is deducted from your pre-paid account—it can also save a traveler loads of pounds. » Read more