Kate Samuelson

Kate is a freelance journalist and the in-house copywriter and editor for ActionAid, the international women’s rights charity.

Previously, she worked as a reporter for TIME magazine, based in the London bureau. There, Kate covered culture, current affairs, health and technology, which meant she wrote anything from detailed explainers on the Yemen crisis to 3,000-word think pieces about Craig David’s comeback (her magnum opus).

In May 2019, Kate founded CHEAPSKATE London, a free weekly newsletter listing the city’s best free events, including film, plays, comedy, music, exercise classes, talks, workshops and more. CHEAPSKATE has been featured in the Evening Standard twice and Kate has worked on competitions and give-aways with high-profile brands including National Geographic Traveller, the London Podcast Festival, the New Scientist, the Underbelly Festival, the Vagina Museum and the Donmar Warehouse, among others.

A diverse range of free events are featured in the newsletter; recent editions have included everything from pedal-powered film screenings on the South Bank to meetings at the HUMEN Space, an anonymous safe space in Covent Garden for men to talk and connect. Kate prioritises smaller, less-mainstream events in the newsletter, with an emphasis on community values and social change, as well as fun.

Over the past 10 months, Kate has grown CHEAPSKATE on her own and in her spare time. The newsletter now has thousands of subscribers, with many finding it an invaluable resource that enables them to get the most out of London while living on a shoestring. “Thank you for this eclectic, welcoming newsletter; a great way to explore the wonders of London and still have enough pocket money to buy an appreciation coffee for the CHEAPSKATE team,” wrote one subscriber.

That London is staggeringly expensive is no secret. How to enjoy it should be no secret either. CHEAPSKATE helps everyone get the best out of what is such an incredible city – no matter what their income is.