Ten places accepting Bitcoin in the UK

Even the church is getting in on the act...

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 07 Oct 2014

Although still unclear whether Bitcoin is potentially a dangerous passing fad, more and more places in the UK are accepting the digital currency. Here are 10 ways to spend your hard-earned Bitcoins...

1. Feeling generous? St Martin’s Anglican Parish Church in Gospel Oak has become the first church in the UK to accept internet currency Bitcoin in its collection plate.

Parishioner Andrew Harrison who came up with the idea for the church, said: ‘No one knows who is making the donation, which is the way it should be. Only God knows.’


2. If you’re feeling studious, Cumbria University will allow some students to pay their tuition fees with Bitcoin.



The university said it hoped that the acceptance of Bitcoins on two of its courses would lead to ‘learning by doing’.
www.cumbria.ac.uk


3. Hungry? If you’re in the mood for a curry, takeaway.com allows you to choose from 7,500 restaurants and pay in bitcoin.

www.takeaway.com


4. Or if you fancy a tipple, many pubs across the country are now accepting the currency.



The Pembury Tavern in Hackney was the first London pub to accept Bitcoins for beer, and its three sister pubs in Cambridge, Norwich and Peterborough also take it. Owner Stephen Early said it's attractive for small retailers because, unlike credit cards, it has no transaction fees.


5. You could even pay your lawyer fees in Bitcoin.



Media law firm Sheridans has about a dozen clients working or trading in the Bitcoin economy – all asked if they could pay their fees using the digital currency. Why not, Sheridans said.
www.sheridans.co.uk


6. Travelling with no expense spared? Private jet firm Privatefly also accepts Bitcoin.



Belgian tech entrepreneur Olivier Janssens recently became PrivateFly’s first bitcoin customer, paying 7,700 euros in Bitcoin to fly from Brussels to Nice Cote D'Azur.
www.privatefly.com


7. If you fancy learning how to make sushi, Your Sushi in Bristol takes Bitcoin payment for classes.


www.yoursushi.co.uk


8. Moving home? You could spend your Bitcoins with Edinburgh letting agent Umega.



Umega said it started accepting the virtual currency mainly for the benefit of its international student customers, who would otherwise have difficulty transferring a deposit.
www.umega.co.uk


9. Need a new scarf? Why not check out Sussex-based fair trade clothing brand Natural Flow.


www.naturalflow.co.uk


10. And finally - looking for some R&R? Hereford-based travel company FreeRein accepts Bitcoins for its horseback holiday packages.


www.free-rein.co.uk

For a full map of businesses taking Bitcoin, check out CoinMap.

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