To celebrate the early opening of the new Tune Hotel, guests can now book windowless rooms for just £19 and rooms with a window for just £25 on the Tune website until 24th June. It’s a real bargain if you or anyone you know needs a last minute budget stay in one of the cheapest and cleanest Paddington hotels! But keep your eyes peeled on the budget chain’s website, as another new Tune will also soon make its entrance in the equally competitive Kings Cross hotels market, and you never know if another early opening discount sale opportunity might pop-up ;)
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Summer is getting closer and closer - although the nice weather is slow to come to London this year. But the glimpses of sunshine have already made some of us think about the best parks in London and there are so many to choose from! Here’s a shortlist of the Top 7 Green Spaces in London we recently came across - be sure to visit at least a few. IF the London weather finally improves ;-)
Pictured above is the St. James’s Park, one of our favourites.
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The Victoria and Albert Museum was founded in 1852 to provide a storehouse of arts and crafts that Victorian manufacturers could fashion their crafts after. However, it soon became a repository of great art despite its very functional original mission. You can definitely get lost in there for hours but you’ll always find something that you’ve missed before when you check out some of the museum’s many treasures. And the best part is: entrance is free!
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Although it goes without saying for Londoners and UK travellers coming regularly to the capital, many overseas tourists are unaware of the importance of getting an Oyster card right away - which entitles you to cheaper fares on public transportation. Furthermore, using buses instead of the overcrowded underground is not only cheaper but also allows you to see the city while travelling.
Two of the most expensive costs in London are generally accommodation and transportation and you can save both time and money by staying in a central location with good access to public transportation, for example in some of the newest budget hotels in Paddington or hotels in Kings Cross.
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One of the most reputable London blogs About London has published an essential Top 10 Free Things To Do in London list - do check it out, it has some brilliant ideas! It includes some of our favourite attractions like the Covent Garden street performers, London street markets, and Westminster Abbey pictured above - regarding the latter you should check out this beautifully illustrated article on the Velvet Escape travel blog.
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Hotels in London can be ridiculously expensive – not just the rooms but also the extras. So we’re happy to have come across Base2Stay, where a concept of “budget luxury” permeates through both their hotels in Liverpool and London.
One example of this philosophy is the mini kitchen with mini fridge pictured above which you’ll find in all rooms. This means you can buy your food at a cheap supermarket or heat up a takeaway in the microwave to save your pennies which you can then spend on other treats. Unlike the typical snooty hotel which wants to charge you a premium for everything, Base2stay actually encourages you to buy stuff cheaply from outside - for example, they’ve arranged discounts on local restaurants. A pretty neat idea we think.
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If you’re lucky enough to have tickets for the London Olympics, it will still take a ton of research online to score a stay in one of the cheapest hotels in London - and then you’ve also got the problem of budgeting for food!
But savvy travellers need not get caught in the tourist traps. Leading travel blog Vagabondish has published a useful guide with a title that certainly caught our eye: “Budget Olympics 2012”. It lists some of the best eats and pubs in the neighborhood around the Olympics Stadium and further afield (including Tayyabs Restaurant pictured above recommended for anyone in the mood for exotic flavours); or perhaps The Camel pub for a night out “that won’t break the bank.”
We recommend Vagabondish generally for anyone seeking slightly off-the-radar travel and destination tips.
Photo credit: Tayyabs Restaurant.
Don’t you hate it when you have to pay a lot for a meal that doesn’t even taste good? Worry no more, for now there is ‘Pay what you want’ lunch on Fridays and Saturday at Pips Dish cooked in a pop-up kitchen from healthy and responsibly-sourced ingredients, as we found out from the brilliant London on the Inside Blog. And if you like the idea and enjoyed your meal don’t forget that your contributions for the ‘Pay what you want’ meal help to fund free lunches for local pensioners :)
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