I started my life in zone 1, progressed through my work life in zone 3 and am newly settling down in zone 6. I might have moved further away, but that won’t stop me from hunting for a good deal around London!
My family home in Elephant & Castle (rent-free, whoop!). I've not rented anywhere else in London before, but Elephant & Castle still has some great rates lurking around for those who know where to look.
Not in London but at my university just out of the city. I rented a place with random people for my last year as I wasn’t sure whether I'd be taking a placement year or not. Arguments were a daily occurrence, revolving around shared spaces. I had to share the kitchen with four other people and it was F I L T H Y. There were ants and mould everywhere – bear in mind the house was pretty new and the kitchen was spotless when we moved in. Luckily I had an ensuite, but I don’t even want to think about the state of the shared bathroom!
Hands down Misato’s in Chinatown! I've been going there for half my life (14 years) and the main dishes have only gone up by 50p! My go-to order is the chickenkara-age which is only £4.50 for fried chicken, a side salad and a mahoosive portion of rice. Bargain?! Hell yeah! It’s not exactly an authentic restaurant but the food is deliciously filling and for the price, it’s a no-brainer!
Checking out Cheapskate’s newsletter to see the new and no-spend events going on that week! I can’t wait for everything to go back to normal so I can attend in-person events again but, in the meantime, virtual events it is!
If you’re in a rush, don’t follow the exit signs when you get off the tube – they’re designed for crowd control so will take you out the long way. Instead, follow the emergency exit sign and that should get you out the station quicker (this works most of the time!). Another tube hack is looking for the worn-out yellow lines along the platform as this will give you an idea of where the doors open. Thank me later.
Stop major supermarkets from selling plastic bags altogether and make tote bags the only available option. Shoppers will remember to bring their reusable bags next time!
London attractions (e.g. Sea Life, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds). There are nearly ALWAYS discount codes lying around for at least 40% off... don’t go without them!
Dining at Gordon Ramsay’s Michelin starred restaurant, Pétrus. Their food is honestly stunning and delicious. And if I really wanted to splurge, I’d treat my family to sitting at the kitchen table for the ultimate experience.
Don Luigi in Streatham serves tasty authentic Italian food with a slight twist of Japanese in a couple of their dishes. I’m pretty upset that I’m not local to them anymore!
Good, strong cuppa.
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Courtney Bembridge is a TV journalist covering world news for the BBC. She hails from the sun-baked state of Western Australia – and moved to London in 2017. De Beauvoir-based Courtney has spent the pandemic rediscovering the things she loves about her adopted city, from lidos to markets.
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