London life can be bloody expensive – the average cost of a few bevvies down the pub is ample testament to that. So how to get the most out of life in the Big Smoke and all those awesome travel opportunities on your doorstep without going bankrupt?
TNT feels your pain – why live in this kick-ass city if you can’t afford to leave your flat and enjoy it? Which is why, to celebrate our 30th birthday this year, we’re launching a myTNT VIP members club, giving you the chance to do more in London and beyond for less. This includes everything from money off meals to exclusive savings on travel.
Food fight: tangle at La Tomatina with a discount
Sound too good to be true? Check this out: it’s £50 to join, but if you’re quick you’ll make your money back on the spot. The first 100 to sign up get a discount Cuisine Card worth £29.99, the first 50 to join also get a case of Bondi Beer worth £24, the first 30 to join also get free 8th Day Adventure membership worth £60 a year (it’s a sport, adventure and social club that takes you to hundreds of events annually), and everyone gets a free 24-page Albelli hardback photo album worth £15.95.
But whether you’re one of the first few to sign up or not, you’ll still make that money back in spades. Becoming a member gets you access to travel discounts that are offered only to you (that’s what it means to be a VIP, see?), plus the VIP package for our Travel Show (think more deals and queue jumping), free access to TNT events and free delivery of the mag to your door every week. We’ll also keep adding discount deals that are available only to you throughout the year. The bottom line: as a TNT VIP, you can’t fail to save loads of wonga.
Rise and stein: bag a bargain Oktoberfest break
Getting your mitts on a case of Bondi Beer is nothing to be sniffed at – CEO Ross Bennie is a Sydneysider born and bred and he brewed it, so he tells us, because he felt what was widely on offer in London “didn’t represent the best of Aussie beer” (not naming any names). Bondi even has its roots in Australian history: the Saaz hop in the recipe was the first hop to be brought over to Australia (from Germany) to make the very first Aussie beers.
It’s taken off quickly, starting in a microbrewery in Sydney to land on these shores just three years later. Sounds like a dream come true. Has it been?
“A guy from Sydney with his very own beer brand called Bondi?” Bennie laughs. “It’s every boy’s dream!”
Get the party started: free entry to TNT events
And while there are plans to create a new brew already, Bennie reckons he’s already come up with the ideal bevvie. “It’s been designed with the irreverence of Oz in mind – it’s a fun beer, a party beer, a barbecue beer.” Just our type.
The Cuisine Card will help you soak up all that grog on the cheap, bagging you up to half off your bill at loads of London’s premier restaurants, including Planet Hollywood, Tiger Tiger, La Tasca and Shaka Zulu. Owner Justin Hodnett tells us it’ll even nab you money off two restaurants in Paris: “We’ve got a foothold in Europe now so watch this space.” So you might end up saving on meals on your travels, too. Bonus.
Sign up at tntmagazine.com/mytnt-vip
Come to TNT’s 30th birthday party headlined by Ash Grunwald at Koko on July 28. £15.
Las Vegas to Grand Canyon mini tour – 15 per cent off
Tick these mammoth travel must-dos off your hit list with an exclusive 15 per cent discount for myTNT VIP members, courtesy of Trek America. Winners of ‘Best Tour Operator to the USA’ at the British Travel Awards in 2012, these small group specialists will whisk you off for a wild time in Sin City before you go exploring the Grand Canyon, a mile-deep monster considered to be one of the seven wonders of the world. Lucky you.
Brit movie tours – 50 per cent off
Brit Movie Tours specialises in visits to film and TV locations in the capital and throughout Britain – think Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Downton Abbey and more. Become a VIP myTNTer and you’ll get a 2-4-1 discount when booking your tour (applies to public scheduled walking tours and half-day bus tours). Must be booked in advance by phone.
Delta Force Paintball – 50 per cent off
There’s nothing quite like shooting your mates with bright paint and making sure they’re bruised to buggery, eh? Make yourself a member of the myTNT VIP club and you can do this for half the normal price with Delta Force Paintball, which has paintball centres in southeast London and at various locations around the M25.
These guys will make sure you have an absolute blast, offering up state-of-the-art machine guns and awesome themed game zones (a few examples include Zombies’ Crypt, Tomb Raider, The Black Pearl and Black Hawk Down).
Italy tours- 20 per cent off
Florence-based tour company Italy On A Budget will give myTNT VIPs 20 per cent off their trips, letting you see loads of travel essentials for cheap (Tuscany, Pisa and Cinque Terre to name just a few). Tours can also include cooking courses, horse riding and pub crawls. Sweet.
My Living London Membership – Free
Everyone who signs up to be a myTNT VIP within the first six months of our launch (Jul 1) will receive free annual membership (worth £60) to My Living London, which gets you discounts on theatre tickets, bars, clubs, hair and beauty salons and more.
Burgers at Elk Bar – 2-4-1
You VIPs need to eat too. Fulham watering hole Elk Bar will supply 2-4-1 burgers to all myTNT VIPs before 6pm – sure to impress any visitors over from Down Under, who will assume this special treatment means you have somehow bagged the key to the city. Well done, you.
Spa Breaks – £10 off all treats
This spa getaway specialist sends you off on short breaks and spa days around the country, with most packages including a few treatments, accommodation and some meals. Perfect for big groups looking to get away from it all and be pampered, and at an affordable price.
Become a myTNT VIP and you can slash the budget even further – Spa Breaks will give you £10 off all treats just because you’re with us. Helps to have friends in high places, don’t it?
Travel Talk Tours – 5 per cent off
Whether you’re looking to explore Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Jordan or Russia, or bake in the sunshine on the high seas while sailing Greece and/ or Croatia, VIP myTNTers will get an extra 5 per cent off tour operator Travel Talk’s advertised prices.
The exclusive offer also applies to festival tours including world’s biggest food fight La Tomatina, Oktoberfest, Anzac and Edinburgh’s Hogmanay. Go get festive.
TNT Parties – Free
Here at TNT, we know how to throw a good party. You need only consider that we’ve got Aussie legend Ash Grunwald headlining our 30th do at Koko in Camden on July 28 (tntmagazine.com/30th birthday) to know that.
As a myTNT VIP, you’ll get access to all of our parties free of charge, which means that for every major event of the year – be it Halloween, Christmas or the AFL Grand Final – you’ll have a plan.
8th Day Adventure – Free membership
8th Day Adventure is a sport, adventure and social club that offers a massive range of activities for friendly folks to enjoy as a group and make new mates, from surfing and biking to pub quizzes, caving, jousting and even sumo suit athletics (why, of course).
There are hundreds of events held every year and the first 100 people to sign up as myTNT VIPs will be automatically given a year’s free membership to the organisation. Annual gold membership is usually £60, so this is no small saving.
Hostels Club Frequent Traveller Card – Free
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Egypt and Morocco tours – 20 per cent off
Always wanted to see the pyramids, float down the Nile or dive into the chaos of Cairo? Or maybe you fancy the buzzing bazaars of Marrakech?
Either way, or if you’re up for both, we’ve got good news – become a myTNT VIP and Encounters Travel will give you 20 per cent off their tours to Morocco and Egypt. All tour guides are experts in their field and group sizes are kept small to create an inclusive experience. Happy travelling!
Expat Explore Egypt tours – 10 per cent off
Expat Explore runs tours all over Egypt, from adventures on the Nile to city breaks and relaxing romps on the Red Sea. As a myTNT VIP, you can claim 10 per cent off any tour of the country, helping you explore even more of this incredible destination for less.
STA Screens The Beach – free
The first 30 folks to sign up as myTNT VIPs will get a free pair of tickets (worth £50) to STA Travel’s special outdoor screening of The Beach in Bishops Park, Fulham, which will be transformed into a Thai beach bar for the occasion. Screening Jul 25.
TNT Magazine Subscription – Free
Seeing as we’re letting you into our club, it’s only fair that you’re kept up to date with all things TNT. So as a myTNT VIP, you’ll get a copy of your favourite mag delivered to your door every week. Never go without a dose of TNT ever again!
TNT travel show VIP Experience – Free
TNT’s annual Travel Show (above) is the stuff of legend – our last show alone brought together ex-Neighbours legend Mark Little (Joe Mangel), cut-price mojitos, a Harlem Shake and proper Aussie pies. Oh! And huge savings on travel, with special offers from worldwide travel experts tailored specifically to TNT readers.
As a myTNT VIP, you’ll get to jump the queue at our next extravaganza so you can get to the best deals first, plus you’ll be given a goodie bag stuffed with yet more savings and treats. See how we spoil you?
Busabout hop-on hop-off passes – 20 per cent off
Busabout does exactly what it says on the tin – it buses you about Europe, taking in the very best of what the continent has to offer. A hop-on hop-off pass means you can tailor your own journey across masses of countries, taking in all the must-sees at your own pace. And myTNT VIPs will get their grubby little hands on a 20 per cent discount for these passes, bagging you an even bigger bargain.
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