By Sasha Garcia
Cheap restaurants in London? Who said chowing down in London has to be an expensive affair? Although getting to all of the various food markets in London may seem daunting, there are great places within these markets to get great food for under £10. All you need to do is know where to look and what to look for. So once you step out from your hotel or private rental property in London, here’s our top list of the best cheap eats you can find.
This small Malaysian joint is as authentic as you’re going to get. There’s often a huge line in front of this place, so make sure you give yourself enough time. The Roti Canai special is what people come for, and what you absolutely must get. This includes buttery rotis with a curry that’s loaded with your favorite protein (chicken, meat, or fish). Try the Ice Teh Tarek beverage, as well. If you’re going for a little bit of an Asian flair, this is the way to do it. Roti King is also priced very competitively, so don’t worry about breaking the bank when you visit here!
Location: 40 Doric Way, Euston
This Taiwanese street food stall was so popular that it went from a street fixture to expanding to several permanent locations. Stand in line to be gifted a pillowy soft “bao”, which means “bun” in Chinese. Within the bao, there’s slow-braised pork, coriander, and peanut powder for a wonderful mix of aroma, taste, and texture. BAO now operates from three different locations, so look for the closest one to you to enjoy a popular dish in the Asian repertoire.
Location: 53 Lexington Street, Soho; Netil Market, Hackney; 31 Windmill St, Fitzrovia
Mike and Ollie
Mike and Ollie is well known for their wraps. They’ve become something of a legend in their part of town for just this. These traders recently opened a restaurant in Camberwell, but if you’re really craving one of their Lebanese-style, organic hand-made flatbreads that are stuffed with fresh meat, fish, or veggies, head over to their Brockley Market location; you won’t regret it. The owners are usually at their Brockley Market location on Saturdays, and you can always check ahead of time to confirm.
Location: Brockley Market, Lewisham
The British love pie, especially a good savory pie. The Bristol-based, award winning Pie Minister is slowly gaining popularity in the country as a leading pie expert. Even better, they use responsibly-sourced ingredients. If you’re ready to have your senses rocked, try their Moo pie. This amazing creation consists of British steak and craft ale. They now have several locations to choose from, so if you’re looking for an authentically British experience in the form of meat pies, it’s easier than ever to meet the Pie Minister. A “punny” name and great food; what more could you ask for?
Location: 91 Leather Lane, Farringdon; 56 Upper Ground, Southwark
Price: £4.50 for the pies; £2.45 for the mash; £2 for mushy peas
This adorable cafe features an Iranian-style ambiance with a great range of tasty and great food at bargain prices. Come here if with some friends, as their dishes were made for sharing. We recommend visiting for breakfast with their Akuri dish, which is a spicy scrambled egg that is served with grilled tomatoes. They’re also a great choice if you want an afternoon refresher, offering up chai tea and some small dishes to indulge in. Yum!
Location: 12 Upper St. Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden; other locations across the city
Herman ze German
Herman ze German specializes in German-style hot dogs, and they’re known as one of London’s best sausage restaurants. Indulge in their chili wurst for a bold mix of beef, pork, and chili, all in the form of a glorious sausage. Their ingredients are free range, gluten, and lactose-free, with no additives used. While you could buy their sausages to eat on the go, you can also purchase them to cook yourself at home or in your vacation rental. Who could say no to that?
Location: 19 Villiers Street, Charing Cross; 33 Old Compton Street, Soho; 43 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia
Dining well in London doesn’t have to be expensive. Cheap restaurants in London abound with a variety of options that will tantalize the tastebuds and all at affordable prices. If you’re visiting the city but you’re on a budget, this list is guaranteed to be your saving grace. Save money while enjoying some of the best international delicacies London has to offer.
Sasha Garcia is the Performance Marketing Director at Oasis, a curated home rental hospitality company based in Florida.
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