Budget eats in London

London is notoriously expensive, so what to do to save some money while you’re visiting the British capital? Well, for one thing, you can spend less money on food. That doesn’t mean that you suddenly have to go on a forced diet, on the contrary. There are lots of places in London where you can eat well even if you are on a budget, and it’s not just that you can fill your stomach for cheap – you can fill it with delicious stuff! Skip the lines at fast-food joints, and eat some hearty, British food. Here are some suggestions for great budget eats in London.

Banh Mi Bay

This small Vietnamese cafe on Theobald’s road in Bloomsbury sells amazing bahn mi, a Vietnamese/French baguette made of wheat and rice flour. The fluffy pastry is filled all sorts of of goodies like thinly sliced pickled carrots and daikon, cucumbers, cilantro, chili peppers, pâté, mayonnaise, tofu or steamed or roasted pork belly, Vietnamese sausage, chicken, head cheese and ham. If you don’t want a sandwich, try the meatballs or a cold noodle dish.


Beatroot on Berwick Street in Soho is a paradise for vegetarians, or for those tourists who want to switch to healthy grub for the day :D. Beatroot has a sizable menu of delicious and very filling dishes such as veggie hotpot, bean soup, shepherd pie made with vegetables, and a decent array of very tasty, very wholesome cakes.

Comptoir Libanais

Although it might not look like it, this Lebanese cafe on Wigmore Street, Marylebone, is affordable enough. You can get the mezze plate and try several dips and salads, try the crispy flatbreads, tagines, wraps and salads, and even some sweet pastries and cakes. The cafe has a very relaxed, casual atmosphere, so get your friends and share a mezze plate with them – no forks or knives needed!

Masala Zone

Masala Zone, a small chain of Indian restaurants (try the branch on Marshall Street) has been growing steadily in popularity. Since Indian food is immensely loved in Britain (chicken tikka masala is the most popular dish in the country, according to surveys), this is a good spot to try the new ‘traditional’ foods of the UK.  There’s a good selection of delicious Indian street food, and an amazing Bombay sandwich at lunch.


One of the budget eats in London is Wagamama, a chain of Asian restaurants with a distinctive style – you sit at refectory style tables, order your food on an electronic pad, and get it in the order it is cooked. There are lots of mouth-watering side dishes (several types of gyoza for example) and lots of types of ramen and rice dishes. The food is a mix of all that’s great in Asian cuisine.

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