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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.

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

Cambridge: An easy and affordable day trip from London

Cambridge: An easy and affordable day trip from London

By Nina Derham in London— Once you’ve pounded the streets of London visiting museums and emptying your wallet at the shops, you’ll likely be in need of some fresh air. Cambridge makes for an ideal getaway from the hectic buzz of London and, best of all, it is easily doable in a day. Getting to » Read more

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

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