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Product Details

  • Series: Pauline Frommer Guides (Book 21)
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Frommers; 2 edition (February 3, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470308699
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470308691
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,234,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

"A great read. . . . Lively and unabashedly opinionated."

–New York Post

budget travel redefined

I put a fresh spin on budget travel, showing you not only how to spend less in London, but how to see it in a more authentic way, without sacrificing comfort for savings.

  • Cozy, restful accommodations: Instead of spending $300 a night for a faceless chain hotel, bed down in a private home for just $33 (p. 32), or rent Virginia Woolf's childhood home for $126 (p. 31).

  • Food finds: Eat where the locals do and save—from classic fish and chips joints (p. 115) to Indian favorites (p. 116) to an affordable but still elegant spot for high tea (p. 100).

  • Sights and attractions: Find insightful and in-depth coverage of London's iconic sights and the gems most visitors miss, plus fascinating self-guided walking tours.

  • Insider's London: Make new friends at a Sunday Pub Roast (p. 214), build burrows for hedgehogs with the London Wildlife Trust (p. 209), or spend an afternoon watching the political brawls in Parliament (p. 198).

Happy Travels,

Pauline Frommer

Winner of Best Guidebook,

North American Travel Journalists Association

About the Author

Jason Cochran was awarded Guide Book of the Year by the North American Travel Journalists Association for this book. He also wrote Pauline Frommer’s Walt Disney World & Orlando and Pauline Frommer’s San Francisco. He has written for publications including Budget Travel (as senior editor); Entertainment Weekly; the New York Post, Daily News, and Times; Travel + Leisure and T+L Family; and Newsweek. His writing has been awarded the Golden Pen by the Croatian government and was selected to appear in a permanent exhibit in the National Museum of Australia. He also devised questions for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (ABC). As a commentator, he has appeared on CNN, WOR, Outdoor Life Network, and MSNBC.com.

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Good type face, good paper - a substantial but not heavy book to carry.
Beatrice Izzey
His recommendations are also very very personal so he describes the wares in a store, the service of a restaurant, or the amenities of a hotel room in great detail.
foodlover
The book is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to get on the inside track when it comes to touring London and spending less than the average tourist does.
Ruby S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Anna Timm on January 25, 2010
Format: Paperback
I got this before a travel course to London that was just over 2 weeks long. I had been to London previously, but only for a couple of days with my family and didn't really know the city.

I loved this guidebook! I shopped for guidebooks for hours and this was by far the best I found, and it proved an as-good-and-better resource during our trip compared to my classmates books (mostly the biggies Fodors and Frommers).

The book was very easy to read. I read it cover-to-cover a couple of months before the trip, and found the writing style casual and sometimes hilarious!

What I love about this book is it covers all the essential London activities that tourists want to do, but also delves into getting to know the city like a true Londoner and seeing some great attractions that have niche appeal or are off the beaten path. AND it does all this keeping budget as a top priority!

It's perfect for students, families, and basically anyone who wants an authentic experience without throwing money around.

The dining recommendations were great. Nearly everyone I passed on the street with good prices and atmosphere that my classmates and I wanted to eat at was covered in this book!

I loved London and need to go back to this amazing city throughout my life, and I think this book and future editions will be a great help in planning my trips in the future. The accommodations section was not relevant for this trip, as my school booked our large group into a hotel, but I read it anyway and the advice on finding affordable B&Bs and inns with great facilities will prove very useful for future trips.

The only real flaws I found with this book is that
1) the maps are all kind of spread out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. on April 26, 2007
Format: Paperback
This is the second time I've been to London, so I wasn't keen on seeing the totally touristy places this time around. This book had some great recommendations for unusual sites (I loved the Hunterian Museum!), lovely restaurants and generally well-priced places-to-stay. The informal but informative style was really great.

Since we went to Paris on this trip, too, I only wish the Paris version had come out before we had gone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By foodlover on January 17, 2012
Format: Paperback
The author's advice on living well in London (as a tourist) is highly opinionated, but that's a good thing. I've been traveling off and on to London since 2001 and this guide does an amazing job of covering the highs and lows of the city. His recommendations are also very very personal so he describes the wares in a store, the service of a restaurant, or the amenities of a hotel room in great detail.

Hotels -- His hotel recommendations are spot on. I tried the Jesmond Hotel in Bloomsbury and it was exactly as he described, and the rates are surprisingly affordable. The author aims for low to mid budget as much as possible, assuming that you don't have some company expense account to pick up your hotel bill at the Ritz. Also, you don't want to spend all of your precious pounds on lodging when there are so many other fun things to do in London.

Restaurants -- The restaurant recommendations are a bit 50/50 for me. He recommends a number of Asian eateries since they're relatively inexpensive but I'm really picky about eating Asian food in Europe --- in general, they do Asian food just so-so. I didn't rely a whole lot on this guide for restaurants since I normally just come across a place that looks nice and has an attractive menu, but if it's your first time in London, you should single out a restaurant or two you're interested in trying.

Neighborhoods -- because of this guide, I discovered Marleybone, a wonderful neighborhood off of Oxford Circus. It's cool and hip, and lacks the pretension of Mayfair. Perfect for strolling and window shopping.

Shopping --- I also discovered the Muji store in London through this guidebook. The author really has combed London for its best wares.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Delgado on August 26, 2011
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This book was great! The recommendations were solid and the format of the book was good. I liked that there were so many things to try in London that were free. This book really steers you to worthwhile attractions and restaurants without breaking the bank. I thought it kind of discouraged readers from taking the Tube by saying it was expensive, which I disagree with if you get the day passes. The Tube is also so much faster and easier than taking the busses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 30, 2010
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I bought this book and 2 others by this author to help plan for our upcoming trip. It is full of good information, but ALL of her suggested B & B inns are already booked 3 months in advance! Must be a lot of people read her books and follow her suggestions :)
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