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The 100 best cheap eats in London

The best restaurants and cafés in the capital for great food and good value

Jessica Long

While London life may not be getting any cheaper, its appetite for great value food has never been bigger. With the cost of rent and travel taking ever-growing bites out of our salaries, knowing where to find London’s best budget restaurants is more important than ever.

Some of the venues in the list below have been around for ages, while others have popped up mere weeks ago. What they all have in common in a dedication to serving excellent food at extremely fair prices. You'll find dinner for two with drinks and service for no more than £45 at all of the venues that made our top 100 list. Because nobody wants egg and chips every night – regardless of how cheap it may be – we’ve gone for as varied a range of venues as possible, so expect everything from Afghan restaurants to Vietnamese cafés (burgers and pizzas, meanwhile, each have a separate feature of their own).

If you’re not sure where to start, use our guide to London’s best budget restaurants by area. We’ve also broken things down into the best cheap London restaurants for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you’re after a little more guidance.

So grab some shrapnel and slip on your scruffiest shoes – these are the best cheap eats in London.

Reviews by Guy Dimond, Richard Ehrlich, Nicola Arencibia, Tania Ballantine and Phil Harriss

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Comments

8 comments
Mateja L
Mateja L

There are few of my fav that area not on the list:

Pho (Vietnamese) - best noodle soup in town

Chipotle (Mexican) - best burrito with carnitas or steak

Pizza Metro ( Clapham Junction) - one of the best pizza's in town


Jordan J
Jordan J Spammer

Those kebabs look fantastic! I didn't notice in your review whether or not you stated where those kebabs are served. My wife and I are going to be visiting London in March and would love to try them out. If you could share the restaurant's location we would be very appreciative.

Frank K
Frank K

Neon Burgers in Stoke Newington - what a secret and what a great place

James M
James M

Must you use 'eats' as a plural noun?

Gary Baxter
Gary Baxter

Have you had a chance to check out the Four Corners just behind London Waterloo? Ozone coffee, Yumchaa tea, Balthazar breads and pastries, artisan sandwiches, salads and soups! 12 Lower Marsh, London. www.four-corners-cafe.com

TUTI
TUTI

Just wonderfull and delicious for the dishes

Maria P
Maria P

Italians Pizza Connection in Bayswater is missing. You can buy a 18" margherita (which is enough for 2 or 3 people!) for just £13! I love that place, and I'm Italian!

Moisés Márquez Trejo
Moisés Márquez Trejo

Will be in the¨"Big Smoke" next week and this site will be most helpful since I´ve been told "there´s absolutely not a good unexpensive place to eat well there! And I know that´s not true! But I haven´t got the time to explore the city on my own(which I love), so this is (to me) an excellent way to avoid going hungry!!! Thanks a lot!!!