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Frommer's London Free and Dirt Cheap (Frommer′s Free & Dirt Cheap) Paperback – 5 Mar 2010
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‘…a handy guide for any penny–watching tourists…’ (Real Travel, June 2010). ‘…it’s the definitive guide to being a savvy bargain hunter.’ (ABTA, June 2010). ‘...the cost–conscious reader should get plenty of use from hundreds of recommendations and money–saving tips.’ (Which?, March 2012)
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Get the best of the Big Smoke without burning a hole in your wallet! Dirt Cheap Art & Culture: Discover London′s best cultural sites on just a few pounds a day. Best Food & Drink: Where to find the most delectable cheap eats – from sausages and mash to laid–back cafes, roast dinners to the best quick bites and bars. Dirt Cheap Shopping: How to pick up the bargains in London by hunting down the right shop, in the right place at the right time. Free Music & Movies: Classical music, jazz quartets and cutting–edge bands; From indie movies to cult faves and foreign language classics, outdoors and indoors. Dirt–Cheap Stays: Insider tips on the best places to stay like a Londoner. Can you really have a great time in one of the most expensive citiesin the world on just a few pounds a day? Yes! And this is the guidebook that will show you how. Whether you live in London or are just visiting, you′ll find everything you need to live large without spending big – on shopping, food, entertainment, places to stay, and more. Get the best out of England′s capital city without blowing your budget.See all Product description
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Reading this book makes you very excited about London and all it has to offer. The things it recommends are genuinely cheap and it has made my visit to London a much less daunting experience.
* All the standard free attractions get a mention (British Museum, V&A, Maritime Museum, Tate Modern).
* Lots of slightly more original or offbeat suggestions abound too ('Coolest' buildings, poetry cafes, jazz in a church crypt).
* Unusual classes and clubs are listed (Free lectures at the Royal Academy, 'Stitch and Bitch' craft circles, cookery with a Michelin-starred chef, Balinese percussion lessons!).
* Cheap eats (where to get the best bagels, curries and kebabs).
* Wallet-friendly fringe-theatre recommendations.
* Well written and witty (London is described as oft-times 'mean and grasping', the list of wildlife viewable in London's parks reminds you not to expect wombles!).
* Even a lifelong resident will find something new that appeals in this book.
* No colour pics.
* Maps are ubiquitous, but don't show enough detail.
Overall, no frills in the production, but certainly not short on essential info.
I suspect it is not quite a back-pocket guide but certainly worth packing in a backpack or suitcase. I appreciated the camp-site information especially so since I have used the two camp sites for which it gives details. As stated in the book: 'all of London's camp sites are a long way out of the centre, so you'll have to factor in travel costs into any savings you might be making.' I tended to travel in by Tube (one site easy the other a short cycle ride) into town in the morning returning late evening. Roam around strangers all day.
Anyway as I was saying, a good guide for London on the cheap, even Squatting has a page of info. It is also an original way of touring a strange town; areas of life you would not thought of inhabiting.
Hope my video is readable, not sure if it may depend on your broadband speed.
Of course any book of this kind should not be taken as a single definitive guide, but rather as a springboard. Take most of the places in the book as the start of your journeys and explorations and combine the information presented with a few internet searches and you will gain a huge amount of satisfaction from a little extra effort.
I've done a rapid run-through all the frees and cheaps this guide offers, and, despite having lived in London for a long long time, have discovered there's a whole load of free cheaps (!) I never knew about. For example - The Roxy in Southwark screens free 'old classic' movies, SOAS has free monthly world music concerts, there are various free talks running all the time, given by experts in their fields, on such topics as arts, sciences, ethics, economics etc etc at different venues. I was intrigued to find that 'The Dana Centre' - which I hadn't heard of, part of the Science museum, regularly runs not only free talks about scientific subjects - but also performances and artistic ventures which may link into a scientific topic under discussion. There are many gems for residents here within!
For tourists, this book also is extremely helpful. It's divided into sections , such as accommodation, eats, shopping (no, of course you have to pay! - cheaps not frees in these sections) there are a plethora of useful maps, and a good browse of all that's on offer before you arrive in this golden paved City (dream on, Whittington, Thrice Mayor of London) will leave you heavier in pocket and lighter in heart than the reverse which might have been your lot if you hadn't thumbed your Frommer's London so assiduously!
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