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 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

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

Excursions from London on the Paddle Steamer Waverley

Excursions from London on the Paddle Steamer Waverley

London’s summer of sporting and regal frolics draws gracefully to an end, and all the post-Olympiad talk is of legacy. Londoners can ponder these issues at leisure over the coming weeks while enjoying a fine piece of Britain’s maritime legacy. The world’s last sea-going paddle steamer The Waverley is coming to town. Cast back to » Read more

London: Crouch End Barboot offers a Cheapo night out

London: Crouch End Barboot offers a Cheapo night out

Crouch End is a mysterious little corner of the capital. There is no Tube line connecting it with the rest of London and the locals want it to stay that way. While many Londoners have heard of Crouch End, most have no idea where it actually is and imagine it’s so far away they would » Read more

London: The Olympics continue at the Paralympic Games

London: The Olympics continue at the Paralympic Games

Something magical has been happening in London over the last couple of weeks. It has barely rained; in fact, the sun has been shining almost every day. People are happy and the scent of charred meat on the barbecue fills the air. While sunshine always tends to send Londoners slightly nutty (normally resulting in an » Read more

London: Watching the Olympics in Hyde Park

London: Watching the Olympics in Hyde Park

As mentioned in our post last week about cheap and free places to watch the Olympics in London, giant screens have been erected in Hyde Park to accommodate locals wishing to observe the events from the comfort of the city’s center. Our London correspondent Nina Derham was among the reported 50,000 people who jammed into » Read more

Where to Watch the Olympics in London: A Cheapo’s Guide

Where to Watch the Olympics in London: A Cheapo’s Guide

So London has officially gone Olympics crazy. There is barely a television program that doesn’t talk about past sporting legends and future possible gold medalists, barely a corner you can turn without being reminded there are only five, four, three, two.. more days to go. As the excitement builds Londoners are starting to wonder what » 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 Hotels during the Olympics? Consider hostels and camping!

London Hotels during the Olympics? Consider hostels and camping!

By Tom Meyers— Finding affordable hotels in London during this summer’s Olympic games is turning into a sport itself, as many hotels are pumping up their rates 100 percent or more during the event, which takes place July 27 – August 12, 2012. All is not lost for Olympic-bound Cheapos, however. Here are a few » 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: A street art walking tour, from Banksy to Bastardilla

London: A street art walking tour, from Banksy to Bastardilla

By Nina Derham in London— London’s famous art galleries are just half the story when it comes to the city’s art collection. Some of the world’s best street artists come to London to leave their mark, turning the city into a vast open gallery for all to admire free of charge—providing you know where to » Read more

London’s Heathrow Express: 15 minutes of theatre

London’s Heathrow Express: 15 minutes of theatre

Railways breed euphemisms. We always smile when we hear railway staff at London’s Paddington station refer to “the lawn.” There is nothing green about the lawn, but that’s what they call the concrete concourse where travelers gather, scanning the list of upcoming departures, at the inward end of the platforms. Another old Paddington euphemism, one » Read more

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