I found a great bargain in the Holborn Library 20p book sale this week, “London Free and Dirt Cheap” by Joe Fullman (Frommer’s.)
The copy I obtained was an edition from 2007 but I am sure you’ll be able to find an up-to-date version quite cheap (prices from £3 inc p+p on amazon!)
There’s some classic cheap London moments here and loads of stuff we didn’t know about, e.g. Best Free Hidden Gem: The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, lots of cheap eats ideas including somewhere with the great name of Porky’s Pantry (now sadly closed,) free oddities to visit like The London Stone, free music and concert ideas and free tickets to TV shows too.
Go out and get a copy and get ideas for having fun for (next to) nothing! P
Last week whilst on my travels to find a very cheap all-day breakfast on the south side of Waterloo Bridge, I was stopped in my tracks. There was a transporter parked on the bridge with a couple of classic cars and some mod scooters without number plates on them.
What was it all about? Was it anything to do with The Jam exhibition that was at Somerset House recently (Paul Weller’s Cuban car and Mod scooter collection?) or was it off a set of a 1960’s James Bond type spy thriller?
Anyway I digress, my mission (if I decide to take it, that is) is to carry on and find that elusive “£4 full english, with tea and 2 toast and 2 fat sausages”. It’s supposedly served up in a legendary greasy spoon in one of the side-roads opposite Waterloo Station I was told by one of my informants. You will be updated with the details as and when. P
The score is currently 8-1 in our favour for paying for food from Chick
Following on from P‘s weekend update, we thought we’d celebrate our 100th post by giving a little bit back to the poor Leather Lane businesses who feed us up every week. Chick was the place we chose to spend our hard-earned pounds and very nice it was too.
We went quite late so were exceedingly hungry. You can see how quickly P was unwrapping his well packed £4.65 falafel in pitta below.
The hand is faster than the stomach
Anyway. Normal service will resume next week when it won’t be all about food, free or otherwise. W
Free food samples, they’re all the rage now! One afternoon on my way to meet W, walking down Holborn I had a third of a cornish pasty thrust into my hand (of course I didn’t refuse!) and then when I reached Leather Lane I had a combination of; a falafel, a mini cup of soup, a single nacho dipped into some hot sauce, a sliver of meat pie then to top it all, a piece of chocolate fudge brownie from a posh cake stall, all for nowt! So do take a walk down Leather Lane one lunch hour and see what you can pick up on your travels but don’t blame me if you feel sick when you get back to work (which I did)!
Also yesterday it was great to hear our old mate Marc Gooderham on the Robert Elms show talking about his work and the show it’s presently featured in. It’s an exhibition of East End paintings called ‘Now & Then’– The East End seen through artists’ eyes from 1930 to present featuring work by the original East London Group. Go and have a look one lunchtime before it closes!
Now & Then
November 28th – December 8th 2013. TownHouse
5 Fournier Street, Spitalfields,
London, E1 6QE
On a lunchtime stroll today around by the LSE, I noticed the above poster for the new “Supper Menu” they are featuring at their 4th Floor Restaurant from 3.30-7pm. W and I have sampled the grub there and we can say it’s not bad for the price especially for this fair city of ours!
On the stroll today, I saw this shop tucked away in the Barbican right next to the hairdressers charmingly called “Cissors Palace”. This ‘Shop’, although closed today, seemed to have everything you want. If you want compost, lavender plants, udon noodles, and muesli. You can’t argue with tea for £1.20 and coffee for £1.80 though. Just don’t try and get it on a Monday. W
If you don’t mind what you eat then get down to One New Change. Rentokil is celebrating its anniversary by giving away pigeon burgers and chocolate-dipped worms amongst other delicacies. Get them while they’re ‘ot! W