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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