Time to cross another ocean! I’m going to London for a conference next week. My flight and most of my hotel stay is all paid for, but I’m going to try and tack on a few days for personal leisure. (That’s my cheap travel tip – take advantage of business trips!). I’ve already been there about 5 years ago as a backpacker, so I’ve hit most of the touristy spots.
Similar to my San Francisco itinerary, eating the food is right up there with seeing the sights. My usual thing is to go for small hole-in-the-wall food stalls, simple food like pub grub, and also fancy restaurants that do a nice prix fixe lunch for less than $25. For activites, I like to try off-the-beaten path stuff. I know London is like New York City and even more expensive, but if anyone has been recently and has suggestions please leave a comment!
I’ve already got tickets to the Mary Poppins musical with a friend, we booked ahead to ensure a space even though I know you can try to stand in line the day of to get cheap tickets.
Here are some other places I have in mind so far:
Costas Fish Restaurant or Rock & Sole Plaice – Fish & Chips
Incognico – Fancy French, ?25 3-Course Dinner + Champagne
Wagamama – Popular Asian noodle bar, for a change of pace
S & M Cafe – British Diner, Bangers ‘n Mash
Haven’t had a chance to look up anything in Paris yet – I’m debating whether a short trip is worth it. Hotels are cheaper than London and the food is better, so maybe. I’ve been there before also, so no need to rush to the Eiffel Tower or anything. Maybe some Da Vinci Code highlights…
By Jonathan Ping | Frugal Living | 9/12/06, 11:18pm