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Chef James Lowe's top five cheap eats in London

The Curious Pear

It doesn’t look like London will be getting over Lyle’s any time soon. The Shoreditch restaurant burst onto the scene back in the summer of 2014 and has been seducing guests ever since with its inventive seasonal tasting menus and impossibly cool interior. James Lowe is the head chef and brains behind the operation, and here, he gives us his five go-to cheap eats in town.

Koya Bar

'There is nowhere better for a quick dish in the shape of an udon, or as a place to eat lots of small plates. The food is clean, healthy and addictive.' 50 Frith St, W1D 4SQ.

P. Franco

'Will Gleave has started cooking at this brilliant wine shop in Clapton. The small menu changes each week. You can grab a plate of homemade pasta with ragu, a beautiful salad or squid noodles.' 107 Lower Clapton Rd, E5 0NP. 

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'My favourite street food crew opened a restaurant last year and unsurprisingly it's been a runaway hit. People stop by for a few steamed buns or stay for longer and eat the whole menu.' 53 Lexington St, W1F 9AS.


'Interesting, super tasty small Indian plates in a fun little restaurant. These guys will be a hit this year.' 49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ


'This stand at Druid Street market has the best toasted sandwiches in London. You won't find it down there every week but Freddie Janssen’s toasted kimchi and blue cheese sandwich is my favourite street food around at the moment.' 126 Druid St, SE1 2HH.

Want more bargain bites? Take a look at the 100 best cheap eats in London.


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