Retirement of the Cheap London Blog

Please note that the decision has been made to finish posting on the Cheap London Blog. The arrival of the new FIE London Facebook Fanpage has seen a steady decline in subscribers to the blog and therefore all future postings on cheap, free and exciting things happening in London will now be advertised on the Facebook Fanpage only. So make sure that you ‘Like’ Foundation for International Education, London and keep up to date with what’s going on!


Free Paralympic event on Sunday!

This Sunday is the Paralympic Marathon! Vast stretches of the route do not require tickets so you can go and cheer on the athletes and see a London 2012 event for free!

The streets of London are expected to be packed with fans so it would be a good plan to secure your spot along the route in plenty of time!

Estimated race times can be viewed here and to view the route map click here

The atmosphere is bound to be brilliant!

It’s a boat bonanza this weekend!

This weekend, on 8th and 9th September, is the Mayor’s Thames Festival! The festival is London’s largest outdoor arts festival and one of the most spectacular, feel-good London events of the year. It is a celebration of the city and the River Thames and best of all it is completely free!

The festival combines live music, dance, art installations, carnival, river races and street art and events take place on the river itself as well as riverside walkways, road and bridges.

The XX Scharnhorst looks particularly exciting because it is musical performance where choirs are accompanied by percussion ensembles who drum against the fabric of the HMS Belfast so this huge boat becomes an instrument!

There is also a night carnival including a vibrant illuminated parade of 1,500 dancers, drummers, lantern-carriers & costumed masqueraders!

In spirit of the Olympic Games a few events are Brazilian themed because the next host city is Rio.


Check out the website for full details:

Free Sports Events at the London 2012 Games

If you don’t have tickets to the Olympic Games then all is not lost! There are some events which you can watch live for free! Watch top athletes competing in events such as the triathlon and swimming marathon which take place this week in Hyde Park! Check out Visit London for a comprehensive list of these free Olympic events!

BT London Live

BT London Live is taking place in three venues across London; Hyde Park, Victoria Park and Trafalgar Square. You can watch the Olympic action live on big screens and soak up the atmosphere with fellow fans. Best of all no tickets are required – simply turn up and join a queue for free access to BT London Live. As part of the entertainment a variety of musicians are performing live concerts which you can also enjoy for free! In Hyde Park this week the acts include Feeder and The View. Check out the website for a full list of gigs and further information about BT London Live.    

Unity Festival for £5!

Unity Festival for £5!

This Saturday, 7th July, the Unity Festival is being held at Fairfield Park which is a 3 minute walk from Kingston Upon Thames rail station. Tickets cost just £5 and all profits go to the on-going work of Peace One Day which is a not-for-profit organisation who work tirelessly to create one calendar day of GLOBAL cease fire and non-violence every year.

The festival starts at 12 midday and finishes at 5pm. The afternoon promises to have plenty on on-site food, music and entertainment! More information can be found on the Unity Festival website.

Kingston is in Zone 6 so you would have to top up your Oyster card a wee bit for the journey! Check out the TFL website for advice on how best to travel there.   

Umami express lunch for £9.95

This is such a good deal that it has made its way on to the Cheap London Blog despite being a little over £5……!!

Umami Restaurant has recently opened next door to Foundation House and is a very welcome neighbour! It sells delicious freshly cooked meals packed with East Asian flavour. Pop in at lunchtime and treat yourself to the 3 course lunch meal for a very reasonable £9.95!