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Five under £50, 30 Aug

Five of our favourite deals for £50 or less

How about some 5-star living for less than £50 a night? Sounds unlikely doesn’t it, but that’s exactly what’s on offer with this deal from the Blue Rainbow Aparthotel Manchester Central, where 1-Bedroom Saver Apartments are now £45 per night. This deal is valid seven days a week until 28 December. Upgrade to a 1-Bedroom Executive Apartment for an extra £7.50 (normally £15) to receive cereals, milk, orange juice and biscuits in your room, as well as toiletries from The White Company. All apartments feature movies on demand, a 42-inch LCD TV, a DVD player and a fully fitted kitchen.

Hands up if this routine sounds at all familiar: buy fancy new camera, remove from box, switch on, adjust settings to fully automatic (you know, just to start off), never adjust settings ever again. If you’ve ever wondered what life might be like beyond the idiot-proof mode on your camera, this one’s for you – for £29 (81% less than usual), this 2-hour Photography Masterclass at London Photographers in Shepherd's Bush, London, is a great opportunity to learn some insider tips from a professional snapper. The workshop includes a practical session with real-life models, tuition on lighting techniques, Photoshop tips and instruction on how to unlock your camera’s potential.  

Dr Samuel Johnson (he of the Dictionary of English Language) once remarked that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life.” Or perhaps said man just needed to see the capital from a different perspective. This deal from City Cruises is a great opportunity to do just that: for £10 -- almost half the regular £19 -- you can hop on and off any of their sightseeing boats, with unlimited access for a full day. All boats come with a running commentary, so you can learn some history along the way. Even better, under-5s go free with a paying adult and it's £5 for 5-16-year-olds. Perfect for world-weary capital dwellers and day-trippers alike. Valid seven days a week until 1 November.

With roughly a month to go until the Ryder Cup gets under way, golf-based delirium is set to grip the nation, as Europe battles it out with the States for one of sport’s ultimate prizes. Make a late bid for selection with a round at Selsdon Park Hotel & Golf Club in Surrey – 18 holes at this North Downs course usually costs £62.50 for two people, but with this deal, you and a friend can play for £29 (a 54% saving) and get a bucket of 35 range balls each and coffees thrown in. Valid any time on Monday-Friday and Saturday and Sunday afternoons after 1:30pm, until 31 October.  

Random-fact alert: the national dog of Malta is the Pharaoh Hound. Slightly-more-pertinent-fact alert: the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa was named Malta's Leading Hotel for the third year running at 2011's World Travel Awards, and Travelzoo subscribers can now stay at this boutique property for £47 (59€) per room, per night, between 1 November and 31 December. That rate (65% cheaper than usual) includes accommodation, continental and cooked English breakfast, a bottle of wine and a fruit platter on arrival and free Wi-Fi (worth £24/30€ per day). Dogs not included.

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Deal Expert, London
Thursday, 30 August 2012
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