Eat well on a budget-Find the best value restaurants in London

One way of keeping costs low is not to drink at London restaurants, that can be achieved, if you are partial to a little alcohol with your meal, either by getting a take away like fish and chips and eating them in a local park, or at home, or going to the Bonnington Cafe, where you can bring your own bottles from the supermarket, and get to eat delicious vegetarian food in a brilliantly convivial atmosphere, perhaps meet fun new people and go home having not broken the bank. Finding cheap places to have a quick lunch or snack, or avoiding breakfasting in a hotel means chains like Leon can come in very handy, offering tasty fresh fast food all over the city. Even Sushi is possible in London on a budget, at a place like Misato, you will find you have to queue, but it's definitely worth the wait. Other Asian restaurants, like Huong Viet in Hackney and many others in the area also serve up cheap tasty food in fun places. Moro is one of the best restaurants in London, but if you can't afford to eat the full meal, you can pop next door to try its tapas bar, Morito, allowing you a kind of 'tasting menu' for a slightly cheaper price, whilst still allowing you to explore the full delicious flavours. Brunch places and cafes are also good bets for finding cheap eats, as are curry places like Aladin and its neighbours on Brick Lane.



Tucked in a tight cellar in Covent Garden, Food for Thought serves up hearty vegetarian food. This popular spot usually has a queue leading up the stairs and out the door, and there's precious little space inside, expect to share tables, if you...  Read More

Stoke Newington


In the chilled out vibe of Stoke Newington, this cafe / restaurant fits in perfectly. Two more branches have now opened up in other 'yummy mummy' territory of Islington and Crouch End. You can start your day here with bountiful smoothies,...  Read More



This is not fine dining Italian style, but down home, how mamma maria makes it. E. Pellicci has been serving up its very own brand of cockney Italian cooking, with a bit of Portugues thrown in since 1900 in this part of London. Now beloved by...  Read More



A walk up and down London's Brick Lane, just near Liverpool Street Station will leave you spoilt for choice as to where to eat if you fancy a curry or something else from South Asia. But Aladin, has won several awards, and even been praised by...  Read More



This is cheap cheerful cuisine at its best. The fresh rolls are fat, juicy and packed full of flavour, fish is good here, as is the duck and five spiced chicken. Plates arrive from the kitchen steaming hot, and fast and it's sometimes hard to...  Read More



Moro is the perfect example of London meets Southern Mediterranean cuisine. British chefs and owners Sam and Sam Clark sourced the flavours and recipes for their delicious restaurant by travelling through Southern Spain and North Africa in a...  Read More



This casual eatery, with several other branches scattered conveniently throughout other London neighborhoods, serves up a mix of British and Mediterranean food. The breakfast menu features power smoothies for the health conscious on the go....  Read More



Faulkner's had has many owners over the years, but its loyal clientele just keeps going back. The Haddock is agreed to be one of the best things it does, with Plaice not far behind. The takeaway portions are huge, and you can easily share a...  Read More



There is always a queue outside Misato, in London's wardour street. You can get all the Sushi, Sashimi and Bento that you could think of here, plus great plates of rice, home made coleslaw which is delicious and fish or meat, either deep fried,...  Read More



The Bonnington Square Cafe is a delightful place tucked away just behind the busy interchange that is Vauxhall, and sandwiched between that and Kennington Lane. The place used to be a squat, and is now cooperatively run, if you live in London,...  Read More


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