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15 Amazing Things to do In London for Under £10 — London x London

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Love This? Save and Share!London is a rich person’s playground – so they say. The truth is you don’t have to be loaded to love London. Here’s a guide to the best things you can do in London for under £10.It’s time to tighten your belts; the economy is going down the pan and the only thing that’s rising out of the whole stinking mess is the cost of living. London has always been a city that would strain even the most bloated of bank accounts, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you look hard enough you’ll find plenty of things you can do on the cheap. We set ourselves the goal of doing just that with a tenner in our back pocket. From creepy old operating theatres, to self guided tours and from evenings in Greenwich’s historic planetarium to historic battles for brick lane’s best bagel, here’s our guide of things to do in London for under £10.Things to do in London for Under £10Ride a Cable Car Over the ThamesDocklands – Greenwich In an ironic twist of fate, the man who is partly responsible for you feeling the pinch, Borris Johnson, may also be the one to provide you with a cheap bit of fun with his cable cars. The questionably nicknamed ‘Dangleway’ was originally coined by BoJo as a revolutionary new commuter route, and hailed as a way to cut down traffic. But in a characteristic turn of events for the ex-mayor/PM, the reality turned out to be exactly the opposite of what he’d said.  Within six months of opening the number of regular commuters on the cable cars per week was a grand total of 16, the rest were tourists. You can join them and take in the views of East London and the river below you for a £10 return trip, or a fiver one way. Nice one Boris, thanks. Grab Standing Tickets at the GlobeSouthbankNothing could be more London than a trip to the theatre, and nothing could be more theatre than a trip to the historic Globe on the southbank – it is, afterall, where Shakespeare had his plays performed. How can that be under a tenner we hear you ask? Well, if you can nab a few tickets in the standing area it certainly can be. That, by the way, is how most people would have watched the Bard’s plays when they were originally shown – theatre in the round, it was known – and the tradition lives on. See what’s on and book your tickets hereTake Sides in the Great Bagel BeefBrick Lane If you’ve been in London a while, you’ve probably heard about the Bagel beef. It’s not the salted kind you might expect to find at your local deli – though that is on offer. No, we’re talking about the ever raging debate over which bagel shop on Brick Lane deserves your patronage. The toss up is between Beigel Bake (the one with the red and blue font) that’s open 24/7 and is a relative newcomer to the game, but that’s only because its rival Beigel Shop (the orange one) has been slinging the ringed delights since 1855. For under a tenner you could pick yourself up one of the salt beef numbers that is the staple of the two shops. You’ll be eating at a London institution. When you have another tenner spare you can nip back, try the shop you missed and wade into the debate. But be warned – you may lose friends over the side you pick. See Mass at St. PaulsCity of LondonWe love a good free thing to do in London. You need to have a few up your sleeve in a city where a pint can set you back more than the spending budget of this article. One of our top free things to do in London is to see the evening mass at St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s a truly enchanting experience. The choir performs songs that are as moving as the building is beautiful.Head to mass early and you can slip into the crypts of the cathedral and see a few of England’s most famous dead people (their graves that is, they’re not really there all stuffed and embalmed or anything). Mass starts at 5pm Monday – Saturday, and 3pm on Sunday. Visit a Farm in the Heart of the CityCitywide When the money worries are getting you down, why not go stroke some nice cute farm animals. That should get the old endorphins flowing again. London’s got a handful of inner-city farms where you can do just that. There’s one up in Kentish Town that is free to get into, but the sight of their enormous pigs might end up being a painful reminder about the lack of food in your cupboard. If that’s something you’ll want to avoid there’s also one in Vauxhall. That one is also free so you can keep that tenner for later, alternatively there’s the opportunity to donate it to the animals. £10 would buy them two bales of hay. See an Old Operating Theatre and Learn How They Used to Perform SurgerySouthwark We bet you don’t know about the crazy old operating theatre hidden in the eaves of a church – but it’s really there, under the roof of the church of the old St. Thomas’ Hospital in Southwark.The place was abandoned and essentially lost for decades until it was rediscovered and opened as a tourist attraction. Now you can see just the kind of setting they used to perform surgery in. That means rows of seats for people to watch and plenty of gory details They put on tours and talks about the history of medicine that are well worth looking out for – especially if you’re the horror type. Tickets are £7.50 . You can book them here.Catch a Lecture at an Educational InstitutionCitywideLondon has some of the world’s finest museums and educational institutions and, better yet, you can visit most of them for free. But are you aware their educational capacity extends beyond just walking around quietly looking at stuff? London has heaps of educational talks you can attend, some of them free, some of them under £10. Gresham College have been doing free lectures for about 400 years now, so they’ve got that down to a fine art. Other London x London favourites are The British Museum and the National Gallery which both do free talks (and some under a tenner) that feature panels of experts and late-night tours of the exhibits. Buy Flowers at Columbia RoadHackneyColumbia Road Flower Market is an East London institution, and quite a spectacle – we’ll never get over the sight of the geezer salesmen flogging beautiful orchids and bouquets, spouting a near-arcane knowledge of all things floral as they do. A trip down here when it opens on Sunday mornings needn’t cost anything if you just want to browse the crazy variety of flowers and plants on offer, but you can also pick up some real bargains – especially if you wait for the market to start closing up at about 2-3pm.You might just end up with a nice new house plant or a treat for that special someone, and you won’t even have broken the bank. Bonus.Take a Self-Guided Tour of LondonCitywide© Big Bus LondonLondon’s got a history that stretches back yonks, with more characters than a Russian novel. You’d pretty much never run out of interesting stories about the life of this city. If you’re into it, and tightening the old financial belt, you can download history tours and be your own tour guide. Or, use our handy self-guided tour.Free Tours By Foot do a selection of excellent ones on subjects from Harry Potter sites, and  London’s Rock and Roll history, to the history of royal London, and the tales of its most notorious killer: Jack the Ripper. They can be downloaded for $2.99USD, yep, USD, not sure why. At the time of writing, the exchange rate means that would be less than £10. If the Tories crash the economy again and the above isn’t true in six months, please don’t shoot the messenger. Cycle About London CitywideSounds funny when you think about it, but how well do you actually know London’s streets, or how all its myriad boroughs link up? Simply taking out a Santander bike and boshing around the streets instead of taking the tube can be a surprisingly revelatory experience. The bikes only cost a couple of quid for 24 hours if you return them within half an hour, which can make the foundations of an excellent pub crawl (maybe stick to soft drinks, though), and as you’ll read below, not even that has to break the bank. Grab a Pint in a Historic PubCitywideNursing a pint is always a nice way to pass a cheap afternoon and when it comes to pubs London’s got more atmospheric oldies than it needs. We’ve got more pub recommendations than we could fit onto one page but some notable highlights include Ye Olde Mitre, a pub that’s history stretches right back to the middle ages. It’s so tucked away that you’d never be able to find it unless someone told you (thank us later). Another classic is the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese on the Strand. It may actually have a fair claim to be the oldest pub in London, but it’s hard to confirm. At the very least its pokey interiors and dark corners make it a super atmospheric place for a drink. There’s an opportunity to be savvy here too: stick to half pints and you can visit twice as many pubs. One of the best things to do in London for under £10, we think.Watch a Woman’s Football Game CitywideTickets to the men’s premier league may be extortionately priced, but women’s football can be a lot cheaper. They often play games in the famous London stadiums and tickets to matches between major teams run as cheap as 5 or 6 quid. With the quality of the football and the way the women’s leagues keep getting better, it’s unlikely this will be an option for an under £10 compilation in a few years time. You’d better get on it now. You can see all the games and book tickets here.See a Planetarium Show at London’s Most Famous ObservatoryGreenwichThis is one of our favourite options for a cheap bit of fun in London. It’s awe inspiring, the location has mountains of history, and it’s an experience that you don’t seem to get often, which is funny because it’s so cheap here. At Greenwich Observatory’s planetarium you can look up at the starry dome of the night’s sky and take a bit of knowledge home with you. They put on a range of shows with varying subjects, some about distant stars, others about planets in our solar system. Tickets for the shows are bang on the nose of £10 for an adult, but could always try doing that knees-in-shoes thing and getting a child’s ticket for a fiver. The full list of shows is available here. Ride a Boat All the Way Down the ThamesCitywideThis may sound a little naf at first but bear with us. You can take an uber boat basically the whole length of London on the Thames for under £10. Bare in mind here that London’s history for about 4000 years has been centred around life on that very river, and that more than a handful of the city’s major landmarks can be seen alongside its banks. The city takes a bit of a different colour then doesn’t it? They even have bars on the boat, so you can grab drinks on board for some light refreshment on your journey. Visit the Sky GardenCity of LondonThe Sky Garden, if you didn’t already know, is right at the top of the Walkie Talkie building in the City of London and has some of the finest vistas London has to offer. You can get to the top of it for free – we wrote all about that here – and still have £10 in your pocket to spend at the bar. It’d be rude not to sip a nice glass of something as you watch the sun set over one of the most expensive cities in the world, a wry smile forming on your face because you know how to live it up on the cheap. Practical Tips for Having Fun in London on a BudgetBear in mind that taking the tube can also cost a fair bit in this city. If your £10 is all you’ve got left on your card (been there), you’d better budget for transport too. But then again, the tubes will probably be on strike because the drivers are all as broke as we are. If you bring a mate, and they’ve got a tenner, then you’ve got 20 quid – double the fun. Read up on your London history. If you’re bored and too skint to do anything, having a bit of knowledge in your back pocket next time you walk past that historic building or down that oddly-named road really sheds a new light on the city. Nothing changes a place like learning about it.What to do in London for Under £10: Map London Under £10: Read Next

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ICE London 2023 to feature exhibitors from record 68 nations – IAG

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Industry trade show ICE London will feature exhibitors from a record 68 nations, topping the previous best of 65 set three years ago, according to organizer Clarion Gaming.
ICE London returns as a full-sized show for the first time since 2020 from 7 to 9 February, with the total 623 exhibitors representing everything from Argentina to Australia and Macau to Mexico.
“No other exhibition in the gaming space can come anywhere near the internationalism of ICE,” said Clarion Gaming Managing Director, Stuart Hunter.
“To have 68 nations represented by our community of exhibitors means that visitors are immediately part of what is a global experience with unique access to the smartest gaming innovators drawn from every corner of the world. There are very few exhibitions of scale in any industry sector which are able to compare with such international representation and legitimately lay claim to being a ‘global’ or a ‘world’ event.
“Once an event is recognized as being genuinely international, stakeholder groups including brands, regulators, trade associations, media groups and strategic industry-wide bodies focus their activities accordingly.
“Research that we’ve undertaken has shown that for many people ICE and iGB Affiliate London actually start on the Sunday preceding and finish on the following Saturday. In that week we estimate that over 100 gambling industry events will take place outside of the show hours providing a new and compelling perspective on why ICE and iGB Affiliate London are so influential and important to the world industry.”
IAG will have a team of four at ICE London next week. Visit us at Stand ND7-C.

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David Ford and Annie Dressner Live in London

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There’s something special about London on a Saturday night – there’s a certain buzz in the air as you head into the Capital city. For me that buzz was extra special, as I was going to see David Ford and Annie Dressner at The Lexington in Islington. I literally listened to their ’10 Days (Live)’ album for the first time a week ago, but since then it’s been on repeat and heading in I knew that the night was going to be special.
The Lexington is a great place for music, with a bar on the ground floor before heading up the winding stairs to the spacious venue itself. And as the crowd started coming in, the atmosphere in the room was growing by the minute.
Opening the night was Scottish singer songwriter Gary Stewart. He set the night off really well, with an engaging set that got the crowd onside from the start. He opened with his 2021 single ‘Hot To Trot‘ and you already knew the set was going to be a good one – a rousing folk song with great lyrical dexterity. The highlight of the set was ‘Frontlines’, a simply gorgeous song (check out a YouTube video of the song here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDCLwYwsesk). Gary ended with a fine cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Song for the Asking’.
It was time for a quick visit to the bar before settling down for the main event. 
The duo appeared on the stage to great applause, David in an orange shirt and Annie in a sparkling black dress. They opened with ‘Easy Falling’, the first song that I’ve ever heard of theirs, and a song that convinced me I needed to listen to the rest of the album. This slow and moving number is a touching love song and shows off the brilliant harmonies of David and Annie – there’s something special about the English (David) and US accents (Annie) mingling in the way that they do. 
Throughout the set, there were so many highlights. ‘Something I’ll Have to Learn‘ is a song with an almost timeless feel that feels like a conversation in song, Annie’s original ‘Strangers Who Knew Each Other’s Names‘ was simply brilliant and ‘Some Folks Are Lucky I Guess‘ is a song with a great sentiment. ‘Can’t Help What I Want‘ (below) is a great example of those brilliant harmonies that the two share.

‘Trash‘, a cover of the Suede hit, was a particular highlight – a song that was a nice surprise on the live album. As they break into ‘Oh maybe, maybe it’s the clothes you wear‘ it almost feels like this was a song that Suede wrote for David and Annie, their version is that good. Outstanding.
The set had a second cover, a song that Annie introduced as ‘an American classic‘. This classic was ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You‘ from Chas and Dave, a song that typified the cockney sound of London back in the 1980’s. I love the way they re-worked it and there was something special about the way Annie sings the word ‘Darling’ in her US twang that just resonated and put a smile on my face.
There were great moments of humour throughout the night, the chat between the two great. At one point mid-song, Annie passed her guitar to David, exclaiming ‘I knew there were chords in this song, I just didn’t know which ones‘ which had the crowd laughing.
The best of the night was saved till last. ‘Warning Sign’ had quickly become my favourite song from the pair and hearing it live in person lived up to all expectations. There’s such a beauty in live music, and hearing songs like this with other people in a venue can really bring a song home – and almost even change your own personal relationship with a song.
The final song of the night (there was no encore as David explained that they literally had no more songs!) was ‘Put Me In A Corner’. Annie’s vocals take the lead in this track and it was just magical, the emotion of the song emanating from the stage and filling the room. You can listen and see for yourself below.

You never know what to expect when you see an artist or artists perform for the first time. Some exceed expectations and some just don’t hit the heights you expect. In David Ford and Annie Dressner, it was definitely the former. The gig was stripped back – just two people on a stage creating a moment. And what a moment it was.
Annie and David and reviewer Nick Cantwell
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***Note – I need to say a word about the audience for the gig. The audience was impeccable, with barely any talking at all at any point (apart from whispered orders at the bar). Credit goes to Gary, Annie and David, who managed to grab the audience from the start, but also to everyone there. If you were there yourself, give yourself a high five!***
Review written by Nick Cantwell (instagram.com/nickcantwellmanagement)
 
 
 


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