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Cheap areas to stay in London

Beneath the glimmering Shard and the banking giants of the City of London, it might be hard to imagine a budget stay that will let you explore the Big Smoke for less. They do exist though. Seek them out around major transport interchanges like King's Cross Station, where quirky hostel dorms and local B&Bs await. Go east to the districts around Shoreditch, where hipster bars take care of the nightlife and flats offer good value for money. Or, settle in the charming Georgian rowhouses of Pimlico, where the simple rooms are still within walking distance of Central London's totemic sights.

Cheap hotels in London

When it comes to bargain stays close to the heart of the city, it's hard to beat the Point A Hotel. Just minutes from the Underground lines that run through Paddington Station, it's a mini-style establishment with tight-knit rooms and stripped-down interiors complete with pod bathrooms. Another Point A sits over on Canary Wharf. Clean and simple, it's a top base for visiting the East End for less. Backpackers will prefer the Generator Hostel on Tavistock Place, done out with zingy design features and colourful dormitories.

Where to find cheap food in London

It's not hard to trade in the Michelin-starred bistros for the budget eats in London – food trucks and market bazaars are everywhere in this metropolis. If you find yourself on the West End at lunch, you could mosey on down to Berwick Street Market and munch on hummus plates while Cockney veg sellers call their prices into the air. The spice-scented medley of Carib and African eateries in lively Brixton Village is also worth a stop, while the ever-changing array of Oriental stir-fries and slow-cooked Nordic meat cuts at Dinerama in Shoreditch is sure to set the taste buds a-tingling.

Cheap things to do in London

Believe it or not, the Big Smoke is brimming with bargain activities. Leave behind those London cheap hotels and head for the museums – many of which are totally free. The British Museum is surely one of the best, packed to bursting with Roman sculpture works, Athenian marbles and Mesopotamian relics. The acclaimed National Gallery on Trafalgar Square is gratis, too. Head there to see masterworks by da Vinci and Diego Velazquez and others. Of course, you can also just people watch while strolling Hyde Park or the banks of the Thames.

Cheap ways to get around London

Budget globetrotters only really need one mode of transport in London: The Underground. An attraction in itself, it weaves all around the metropolis from Knightsbridge to Old Street, Brixton to Wembley. Rides cost just £2.40 a pop in Zone 1 – the centre – and daily caps mean you'll only ever pay set amounts for all your travel in any 24-hour period. The city's Santander Cycles offer another way of getting around. There are over 800 stations around the capital and rates for rentals start at a mere £2.

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