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Post nosh at paupers prices

What’s one of the first things that comes to mind when you think of London? “Expensive”, right? How you’re going to be broke by the time you leave the city, having spent all of your hard-earned tuppence on sustenance whilst you’re here. Well, let me tell you, that when it comes to eating out in London, it doesn’t have to be that way! You won’t have to be resigned to living off 20p microwave noodles for the following three months.

[B]elieve it or not, there are actually plenty of reasonably priced, and some you could even say “cheap” places to eat in London. And I’m not talking about the dodgy cafe (note the intentional absence of e-acute!) down the road or daily trips to the golden arches. There really are some decent eateries out there which won’t burn a hole in your pocket.

Why not try:

Candid Café
A unique and quirkily designed café in Angel, great for lunch or tea. Its relaxed atmosphere makes it the perfect place to catch up with friends or even chill out on your own with a book. It’s spacious, but at the same time has a cosy feel to it. The mid-range budget menu includes a variety of simple well-loved meat and vegetarian main courses, such as chicken or fish with rice and salad or vegetable lasagne or curry, with prices ranging from £6 to £9 for a main.

Pizza Union
For real Italian style thin and crispy pizzas, head to Pizza Union in King’s Cross or Shoreditch. You’ll pay a measly £3.95-£6.50 for one of these fire-baked 12” beauties. And although the restaurant prides itself on being superfast, this isn’t just “grab and go”, stay a while and savour the flavour. There’s a great choice of toppings, and salads and desserts too, if your pizza isn’t quite enough!

If you find yourself way up the Northern Line, make sure you pay a visit to Siaim in Finchley Central. They describe themselves as “Mediterranean Seafood and Grill”, but their menu includes much more, such as a variety of delicious pasta dishes and middle eastern style starters. Price wise, with a good quality steak and dauphinoise potatoes at £12.95, you can’t really ask for more. To make the most of their lower priced selections, visit at lunchtime for one of their big delicious sandwiches for £4.95 or the Shackshuka omelette for £5.95.

Bibimbap is Korea’s national dish, and three restaurants of the same name have popped up in Charlotte Street, Soho and Leadenhall. Build your own dish by choosing what type of rice you want, whether you want meat, seafood or something vege-based and if you would like an egg in it or not. Finally, you get to choose what kind of bowl you’d prefer! Or alternatively, opt for one of their mouth-watering pre-designed dishes for around £7.

Tuk Tuk
This café/restaurant on Old Compton Street in Soho is perfect for a quick pre-theatre Thai, or rather popularly, a cure for late night PDH (post drinking hunger). But don’t worry, the clientele are generally well-behaved! It is basic but the food is tasty and service quick with many main dishes costing around £5-£6.

Herman Ze German
If you’re after a good quality hotdog, or should I say “wurst in a roll” (as is on their menu), then you’ll want to exit Tuk Tuk, cross the road, and step into Herman Ze German. Whether you’re partial to a Bratwurst, Bockwurst or Chilli Wurst, you’ll not pay more than £4.45. The veges amongst you do have to pay a pound extra though, with a Veggie Wurst priced at £5.45, but find solace in the fact that you can add crispy onions to any wurst for free! Yum yum. Branches also in Charing Cross and Fitzrovia.

This vegetarian Indian restaurant has three London locations – Covent Garden, Hammersmith and West End. They serve delicious south Indian cuisine, with the thoughtful emphasis of keeping people with certain dietary restrictions in mind. Specific vegan, wheat free, nut free and onion and garlic free menus are available. Very useful. And on top of that you’ll get a set lunch for around £6 at the Hammersmith restaurant.

Smack Lobster
Named after “smacks”, what the boats that catch lobster are called, this Dean Street deli is the takeaway version of parent company Burger and Lobster. At B&L you’ll pay £20 for succulent lobster in a soft brioche role. For a tenner you’ll get the exact same delicious sandwich, but to-go and at half the price. Ok, so it may not exactly be dining on a budget, but for great lobster, I think that we can make an exception!

Grab a scrumptious classic British pie at one of the Pieminister cafés located at Gabriel’s Wharf, Imperial University and Leather Lane. At Gabriel’s Wharf, any one of these delicious meat-filled pastry creations won’t cost you more than £4.50. Bargain! The struggle you’ll have here is trying to decide which to choose. Do you go for the tried and tested chicken and mushroom favourite, or perhaps something a little more adventurous with the wild venison, smoked bacon, kidney bean, scotch bonnet chilli and BrewDog ale pie! There are lovely vegetarian options too, including Somerset goats’ cheese, sweet potato, spinach and red onion or wild mushroom, asparagus, white wine and cream.

Beigel Bake
For a 24 hour bakery with filled rolls for literally pennies, head to Beigel Bake on Brick Lane. You’ll get an egg or cheese roll for 90p, but I’d recommend treating yourself to a smoked salmon bagel for a whopping… £1.40! You may even have change left over for a 50p apple slice or 30p doughnut afterwards. Careful though, we wouldn’t want you to over-do it!

Aside from these great eateries and many more well-priced independent cafés and restaurants, it is worth checking out some of the big chains for discounts and offers. Restaurants like Prezzo, Café Rouge and Pizza Express have mailing lists and nearly every week email out excellent offers. The discounts that they offer vary, but I have come across up to 40% off in the past and “buy one main get another for £1”. Generally you’re looking at around 20% off though, and there are usually day and time restrictions.

Another worth checking out is Côte’s set menu. Depending on which one of their many locations that you end up at, and the day and time, you can treat yourself to a three-course meal for as little as £12.95, with plenty on the set menu to choose from, too. And for some Spanish fare, install the La Tasca app or request a loyalty card for 20% off your tapas meal. There are some great menu choices here, prices are already reasonable, and you can use the discount seven days a week.

So there you go. You really don’t have to break the bank to eat out in London. Hope I’ve made you hungry!

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Photo: Food by Tighten up! (2007) (CC BY 2.0)


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The Tower’s Menagerie

In 2011 an amazing exhibit started at the Tower of London. Kendra Haste was commissioned to create wild animals representing the royal menagerie that roamed the Tower for centuries. This may seem quite strange, when you think of it, but here is how it came about. Medieval Kings used to gift one another with exotic animals from around the world. This resulted in quite a few to take care of after a number of years.

[H]aving these creatures represented power, wealth and also a sense of worldliness. Often the gifts symbolized the animals used in the king’s heraldry shields. Henry III was gifted three ‘leopards (these were probably actually lions), which were on his shield.

Such animals as tigers, lions, zebras, elephants, baboons, bears, kangaroos and alligators were all house in the Tower at one time. By the 1200s proper conditions were built (at least for medieval times) to house the animals. This lasted until the 1830s, when the animals were given to the newly established London Zoo.

One of the first animals received was a polar bear, which was presented to King Henry III, along with a keeper, by King Haakon IV of Norway. The bear was kept on a long chain so that it could fish for its dinner in the nearby Thames River. Pity the poor bear living in England’s climate. In 1251 the sheriffs were ordered to pay a daily rate to upkeep this bear. Three years later they were also responsible for the construction of an elephant house, a gift from the King of France. As one observer said, people flocked to see such a strange sight.

Unfortunately, little was known about the care for these exotics. The elephant was given large amounts of wine to drink because he was thought of as regal. An Ostrich was fed nails (WHY?). These treatments resulted in death of the animals.

Other animals got up to no good. One of the leopards grabbed anything it could reach and shredded it. It was fond of umbrellas. One of the monkeys attacked a boy and tore his leg. The zebra was taught to drink beer, so she was fond of the soldier’s canteen. She did, however, allow a boy to ride her. One of the lions bit a soldier.

By the Elizabethan period the menagerie had been opened to the public. By the 18th century the cost for entry was three half-pence or if that could not be afforded, you could donate a cat or dog to feed the lions.

The exhibit will remain at the Tower until 2021. Here are two other websites that may interest you: Vimeo; This is Colossal.
Lion photograph ©Kendra Haste. Kendra is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and has received many awards. Her website can be found here.



This is a Guest Post from Anne Flint’s blog Mindbytes. An American author Anne writes extensively about England.

Fettigrew Hall The Biography of a House by Anne Flint

After the devastating death of her husband, Megan Redford returns to England where she was raised. In London she meets Andrew, who tells her she looks just like his long lost girlfriend Meghan. As she travels, she finds and explores a deserted Tudor mansion and she becomes unaccountably obsessed with it. She arranges to purchase and restore the house and learns the locals think the house is haunted . . .

A Fine Stay in Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay is a spectacular waterfront area that more people are choosing as a place to visit each year. The area has a great deal of beauty to offer right along the water but there are just as many fun things to do inside the city as well. Everything from cultural events to sporting venues to shopping and dining and everything in between can be found in the city so that you can fill up all of your days with fun activities. If you are looking into staying in Cardiff Bay you may want to take a look at hotels in Cardiff Bay so you can find the best one to suit your needs and budget.

What to Look For
There are some aspects regarding a hotel that you will want to look at so you can be sure to choose just the right place for yourself. If you are traveling to Cardiff Bay with the intention of checking out the university then you may want to choose a place near Cardiff University. You may also want to consider a location that is nearby to the City Centre so that you can be sure to have easy access to all kinds of business, shopping, dining and cultural events along with the public transportation that is available so that you can get around the city easily. You may also want to consider which tourist attractions you have the most interest in so that you can stay near to where those places are or close to transit that can take you there quickly. If you are in on business, you may want easy access back and forth to your hotel from the airport. For hotels near Cardiff Airport you will find that the Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay has everything you could want in a hotel.

A Hotel Fit For You
This particular hotel is in the perfect location in Cardiff Bay, placing you just twelve miles from Cardiff Airport and less than a mile away from the nearest train station. You will also be near to the City Centre, major attractions like Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Castle and much more. The rooms at the hotel have everything you need for a comfortable stay, with free Wi-Fi, in room power showers, comfortable bedding with your choice of pillows, in-room coffee and tea facilities and more. You will also find a free breakfast buffet each morning of your stay. You get everything at very affordable rates so you will not worry about going over your budget for your trip on your hotel room.

Take the time to check the room availability at the Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Bay when you are planning your next trip to the Cardiff area. You will find that the hotel has everything you need, along with a very helpful and attentive staff to help you along the way. You will have found a fantastic bargain for your stay that helps to make your trip even more enjoyable.


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Enjoy All That York Has to Offer

If you are looking for locations in Great Britain to consider for your next holiday or leisure trip, you may want to consider the city of York as a place to go. If you have never visited York before it is one of the cities of Great Britain with a good deal of historical significance and there are a number of historical sites and cultural events throughout the city that you might find of interest. The city also features wonderful areas for sporting events, shopping, dining, music and much more. Many people find they visit the city and need to come back to see areas that they never got to before. If you are looking for the chance to see all that York has to offer you may want to look at some of the quality budget hotels in York so you can find a great place to stay for your visit.

So Much to See and Do
York has a great deal of history, dating back many centuries, and can provide you with countless historical sites to visit to keep you busy. Getting to see places such as York University, the York Dungeons, the National Railway Museum and other areas of historical significance can be enlightening, informative and wonderful. You will also find a great deal going on near York Minster and York City Centre, where a great many cultural events occur, along with some of the best shopping and dining in the city. Having easy access to the City Centre can help you during your trip since the public transportation is centered in this area, letting you get around using the bus or train. When you are looking at York hotels that can put you right in this region and give you a great place to stay you will want to consider the Holiday Inn Express York.

A Hotel with Much to Offer
The hotel is located just a couple of miles away from the City Centre so that you can get to it very easily so you can take advantage of everything going on in the City Centre. The hotels itself is nearby to many great tourist locations in York so you can have easy access to wherever you want to go. The rooms have all been recently renovated to provide you with all of the modern amenities you want in a comfortable stay, such as Wi-Fi access, LCD televisions, in-room coffee and tea facilities, comfortable bedding and more. You will also get a free continental breakfast with your stay or take advantage of the lounge bar and relax with a drink after your day.

All of the wonderful amenities come along with a friendly and helpful hotel staff to help you with anything you may need. When you are planning a trip to York and want to stay at a good hotel that is not going to break your budget you will want to look at the Holiday Inn Express York. You will find that they have highly competitive rates to go along with the ideal location that you are looking for.


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Have a Great Hotel Stay in Burton

Planning any type of leisure trip or holiday with your family or friends takes a great deal of care so you can be sure to choose just the right place for your trip. One of the places you may want to look into as a possible location for your trip is the city of Burton. When you stay in Burton you can place yourself close to many other cities and towns so you can have easy access to several different places you can visit, such as Derby, Birmingham or Nottingham. You can then also have many other great tourist attractions right nearby in Burton to take in. To get the best location possible you will want to check out hotels in Burton so you can find one near to where you want to go and one that fits nicely into your budget.

Stay Near Where You Want to Go
Ideally you want to choose a hotel that is going to place you near the different attractions you have the most interest in. This will make it easier for you to get back and forth by car if you plan to do the driving. Consider a hotel that has ample parking of its own if you plan to drive yourself or one that is near to public transportation so you can easily get to the train. In Burton you may want to look for hotels near Bombardier and the National Brewery Centre, both sites and attractions that draw large numbers of visitors each year. You also want to be close by to attractions like the National Memorial Arboretum, Alton Towers, St. George’s Park, the Westfield Shopping Centre and other locations. If you are looking for cheap hotels in Burton that offer all of these things and more you will want to take a look at the Holiday Inn Express Burton Upon Trent.

Quality and Affordability
This Holiday Inn Express is actually the first one that was built in all of England. Each room is equipped with everything you will need to make sure you have a comfortable trip. Wi-Fi Internet access is available, along with power showers, ample workspace, comfortable bedding with your choice of pillows, in room coffee and tea facilities and much more. The hotel also has business services should you need any work done and a complimentary hot buffet breakfast each morning of your stay to get the day started right. You can get all of this at a very affordable price for your stay.

When you are ready to book your trip to Burton take the time to see what rooms are available at the Holiday Inn Express Burton Upon Trent. You will be glad you decided to stay at this hotel and will have found a place that you know you can always return to so that you can get outstanding service, a fantastic room and all at one of the best prices to be found anywhere in the city.


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