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Three cheap and tasty lunches in Soho and Covent Garden

By Time Out London editors

Fancy something a little more exciting than a supermarket sandwich for lunch? These Soho and Covent Garden spots have got you covered. They're just a few places you'll find in our best (and most affordable) lunches feature from the January 29 issue of Time Out magazine. 

1. Salt beef sandwich at Tongue & Brisket, £5.90 (above)

From the outside, Tongue & Brisket doesn’t look like much. In fact, you’d be forgiven for strolling straight past were it not for the steaming hunk of cow in the window. You’ve got to go in, though, because T&B makes one of the finest sarnies in town. Sinfully moist beef is stacked on to fragrant, caraway-flecked rye bread. Factor in some fiery mustard and a few pickled cucumbers and that’s that. Feeling flush? Add a scattering of sauerkraut for less than a quid extra. Tom Howells
199 Wardour St. Tottenham Court Rd tube.

2. Any two buns at Bun House, £2.50 each

This tiny Chinese eatery is one of Soho’s most underrated spots – and not just because of its pretty jade tiling, cool marble floors and steaming bamboo baskets. Nope, the star here is the bun itself: sealed in the Cantonese style (unlike the open Taiwanese sort you get at Bao) and stuffed with slow-cooked meats and sweet bits. For a tasty £5 lunch, get two. We’d go for cumin-spiked lamb and the killer red choc number (the latter is laced with blood, btw). Tom Howells
24 Greek St. Covent Garden tube.

3. Any pizza at Icco, £3.95-£7.20

From high-flying execs to students to tourists – one thing brings all Londoners together: very good pizza. No wonder Icco is one of the few places in central London that attracts all walks of life. Here you can pick from one of the wide range of preset 11-inch pizzas or choose your own toppings. Then you receive a buzzer and wait. Within minutes you’ll be called to receive one of the finest crispy-yet-soft pizzas in the neighbourhood. Riaz Phillips
46 Goodge St. Goodge St tube.

Still hungry? Check out our list of 100 London restaurants you have to try.


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