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The 100 best cheap eats in London: 15 dishes for a fiver and under

Even if you're feeling the pinch before payday, you can still eat like a prince in London with our guide to the 15 best dishes and snacks in London for £5 or less

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Eating out doesn't have to cost the earth. In fact, we think dining out for under a fiver is a doddle with our guide to London's best penny-saving dishes. All these tasty treats cost no more than £5, so get stuck in.

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15 dishes under £5

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Roti canai at Roti King

£5

The Roti Kingdom is a chaotic little Euston basement, wherein our Malaysian monarch slams out city-best rotis. The roti canai – two breads with a bowl of dhal for dipping, and that’s it – is a flavour bomb worth pledging fealty for.

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Euston
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Mac and cheese melt at Melt Room

£5

Toasted sandwiches are a ubiquitous hot property these days, and Soho’s Melt Room dishes up gloriously gooey sarnies with the best of ‘em. Their unctuous mac and cheese version is the cholesterol connoisseur’s melt of choice.

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Soho
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Bockwurst at Herman ze German

Venue says: “Soho is our first restaurant-style home with seated areas throughout and ze basement offers rest-bite from the buzz of Old Compton Street.”

£4.95

Step out of the shadows, sausage-botherers. Here’s a hot dog you can be proud of. Herman’s smooth and smoky bockwurst is fashioned from premium pork by a Black Forest butcher then popped into a pillowy baguette. Add a slick of the spicy curry ketchup – well worth the extra 50p – and you’re ready to roll. These expat banger evangelists reckon it will be the best frankfurter you’ve ever eaten. They might just be right.

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Soho
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Soondooboo jjigae at Wellbeing Kitchen

£4.90

This humble little joint dispenses its wellbeing to loyal locals from bubbling cauldrons behind the counter. It’s the bowls of firecracker-red jigae stew – salty, sour and perfectly spicy – that really hit the spot. Sinking yourself into the soondooboo jjigae’s silky tofu-laden depths will save your Seoul.

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Covent Garden
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Dukkah whitebait at Bababoom

£4.75

This cool Battersea kebab joint gives the Brit-pub staple a Middle Eastern makeover, dipping the bitesize little fishies in dukkah, before deep-frying them. The result? A crispy, fleshy treat, funky with aromatic herbs, spices and nutty crunch.

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Clapham Junction
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Unda chicken roll at Kati Roll Company

£4.70

The eponymous dish at this Bollywood-themed café is India’s answer to the burrito, and the unda chicken roll – flaky paratha, topped with egg and piled with chicken tikka – is a fine example. Unsurprisingly, ‘kati’ rhymes with ‘party’.

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Soho
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Confit pork bao at Bao

£4.50

London’s pertest bun remains Bao’s confit pork number – a steamed little cloud stuffed with impossibly tender pig, sticky sauce and deep-fried shallots (a veritable social media celeb in its own right).

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Soho
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Avocado sourdough toast at Brick House

£4

Avocado on toast ain’t no novelty in 2017, but East Dulwich’s Brick House is raising the brunch game (and dropping the price) by cramming the creamy fuel on top of their unreasonably brilliant, city-best sourdough.

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East Dulwich
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Mysore masala dosa at Dosa n Chutny

£3.90

This Tooting spot is a bona fide institution, and their dosas are justifiably raved about; the fragrant mysore masala – furled over spiced onion and potato, with lentil sambar and coconut chutney – is a feast for far less than a fiver.

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Tooting
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Pepperoni pizza slice at Pizza Street

Venue says: “Come and try the best artisan, New York-style pizza in Chiswick! Offering super thick shakes with our new recipes and flavours.”

£3.50

This Chiswick pizza joint dishes up gargantuan pies that’d bring a tear to a homesick New Yorker’s eye. In Stateside fashion, they sell by the slice; wolf down a plate of the picture-perfect pepperoni for a quick cheesy fix.

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Turnham Green
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Lamb shish skewer at Silk Road

£1 each (but minimum order of four)

Everything on the menu at Camberwell’s Xinxing stalwart is dirt cheap, but the maniacally economical should hit up the teeny, succulent lamb skewers, best scoffed straight off the grill (and ordered again, and again, and again).

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Camberwell
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Now find some cheap tipples in town

Happy hours in London

Thanks to chain bars pumping out low-grade drinks, happy hours in London can get a bad rep. However, there are plenty of quality establishments offering decent prices at surprisingly decent locations. After all, we have some of the best drinking establishments on the planet, from cocktail bars to good old traditional pubs serving craft beer. So we've put together our favourite happy hours in London - from Kings Cross to Battersea, Carnaby Street to Clapham, these lot make it cheap and easy to get merry with your nearest and dearest any day of the week. Cheers!

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By: Laura Richards

Comments

4 comments
Jessica S
Jessica S

Agreed w Thomas C!  


We love street markets - you might enjoy our podcast (all about markets) where we interview the traders.  If you fancy a listen, we're on iTunes (Street Market Podcast) 


Would love to know your thoughts.


Jess

Thomas C
Thomas C

The food market at Petticoat Lane also has an amazing choice of Mediterranean and middle eastern food stands all for under a £5 and most of them are bigger than any of the ones mentioned! worth checking out!

Jessica S
Jessica S

@Thomas C Huge agreement! Thomas, you might also like our podcast about street markets.  (I think an interview at Petticoat Lane is long overdue!  Which vendor d'you reckon would be best?)  


Jess