Cheap Eats: 16 Of London's Best Dishes Under £5

There's no denying that our city is a wonderland of food - but let's face it, we're all feeling the pinch at the moment. You may think that eating out has become completely unaffordable, though we'll stop you right there; we've compiled a list of London's best dishes under £5. From bougie cheese and meat plates going at just £3.95 to hefty tacos for only £2, in the words of The Streets, here's what the shrapnel in your back pocket can afford.

Barrio: £2 Tacos

Taco-bout a great deal, eh? Barrio, which boasts outposts in SohoShoreditchAngel and Brixton, offers £2 tacos all day, every day. You can choose any from their menu; that means Buffalo tiger prawns, chipotle chickpea, griddled birria beef and pulled chicken-stuffed bites are all yours for basically just pocket change.

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Pretty decor, delicious cocktails and affordable dishes make up this much-loved brand.

Amazing Grace: £5 Bao Buns

You may have seen images of this beaut venue fluttering about the 'Gram as, let's be honest, it's a total stunner. Not just a cool late-night music bar, Amazing Grace is a classy restaurant in London Bridge. And when you thought this place couldn't get any better, you then hear it's slinging out bao buns from £5, featuring toppings like crispy tofu with a black garlic gama dressing and juicy pork belly topped by Japanese mayo.

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Get ready for fragrant food under £5 in London at this trendy hangout.

Mercato Metropolitano: £5 Weekday Lunch Deal

Mercato Metropolitano Elephant Castle is a literal wonderland of food. It boasts over 40 different vendors slinging out authentic, delicious fare from all over the world. And, if that wasn't enough, most of them also offer £5 lunches on weekdays from 12pm to 4pm. You can't deny that's better than getting a sad sarnie, packet of crisps and drink from Tesco.

For healthy dishes under £5 in London, head right this way.

Spit and Sawdust: £2.50 Tacos On Wednesdays

Slow-cooked beef tossed in guajillo chilli-infused sauce, nestled with pico de gallo and chipotle aioli? Or how about portobello mushrooms, chestnuts, truffle oil, white wine and parmesan? Head to Spit and Sawdust to gobble down tacos stuffed with those beautiful combinations, as well as chicken, pork and pulled jackfruit, for just £2.50 each every Wednesday.

This honestly has to be some of the best food under £5 in London.

Vooodoo Rays: Pizza Slices £4.90 And Under

Right - so there are actually two stellar deals at Voodoo Rays in Dalston and Peckham. Not only can you nab pizza slices every day for under £4.90, but on Mondays? You'll be able to snap them up for only £3. Swing by to chomp on 'za topped with ingredients like Cumberland sausage and stilton at a bargain price.

This one's perfect for cheap date night ideas.

Ollie's House: 50p Gyozas On Weekdays

Now, this one's a whopper. Ollie's House, the laid-back restaurant fronting beachy, tropical vibes in both Chelsea and Parsons Green, is feeding the masses with 50p gyozas (which come either steamed or fried) from 3pm to 6pm on weekdays. While there's a minimum order of five, that's still only just £2.50 - an absolute steal in our eyes.

You'll be transported to a tropical escape at Ollie's House.

Temper£5 Tacos

Taco Tuesday's, anyone? Head down to the vibrant Paddington outpost of Temper for a deal like no other. This award-winning smokehouse offers tasty tacos and Margaritaville Margaritas for only £5 a pop every Tuesday from 5pm. Choose from cheeseburger, goat's cheese or burnt ends fillings; whatever your heart desires, the price stays the same.

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Spice up your Tuesday's with a bev and a bite at Temper.

Market Halls Oxford Street: £5 Dishes On Mondays

Feeling blue this Monday? We know just the thing to cheer you up. On the first day of every week, Market Halls Oxford Street’s many vendors all have a delish dish up for grabs at £5, making it a great spot for cheap street food in London. It's ‘Carefree Mondays’ see the likes of Le Bab, Inamo SukoshiDF Tacos, HotBox, Gopal’s Corner, Sexy Buns, Krapow, 20ft Fried Chicken and Apoy slinging out stellar grub, all without making a dent in your bank balance.

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While the £5 dishes change regularly, here is an example of Hotbox's and Le Bab's fare.

Wright Brothers: £1 Oyster Happy Hour

Situated in South Kensington, Wright Brothers flaunts retro-style interiors, including bistro chairs, vintage artwork lining the walls and charming service. And, lucky for us, these seafood specialists are making sure you don't miss out on their legendary fruits de la mer, letting you slurp up oysters for just £1 each. Bag this crackin' offer on weekdays from 12pm to 6pm or on Sundays between 3pm and 6pm.

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Aw, shucks that's a great deal.

STK Rooftop: £3 Oysters And Falafels

Head over to sky-high Stratford spot STK Rooftop to take advantage of their happy hour deals, which extend all the way to the food. From Monday to Friday between 3pm and 6.30pm, you can bag £3 oysters and £3 falafels. If that wasn't enough? You'll be able to enjoy your affordable nibbles while soaking up cracking views of the city.

STK Rooftop Cheap Oysters London | DesignMyNight

Get ready for some of the most affordable dishes in London here.

St John's Tavern: £1 Wings

St John's Tavern in Clapham isn't just a home of 20 different beers on tap, showcasing the best South London breweries for your drinking pleasure. Oh no; this beauty also dishes up £1 wings on Wednesdays - meaning you can get your fill for a knock-down price. Flavours span Buffalo, salt and pepper, and sticky BBQ.

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Time to get messy.

Mr Bao: All Bao Buns £4.90 And Under

A firm South London favourite, Mr Bao has been filling the people of Peckham’s tums for many years now. It rustles up a range of tantalizing Taiwanese treats, including its epic steamed buns, all available for £4.90 and under. What's on the menu? Classic and signature sensations, including 24-hour marinated fried chicken, nestled alongside house kimchi and wasabi mayo, as well as teriyaki mushrooms accompanied by pickled onions and miso.

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We bao down to these scrumptious eats at affordable prices.

Korean Dinner Party: £5 Corn Dogs

Nestled in Carnaby Street’s Kingly Court, Korean Dinner Party is famed for its East-meets-West fusion fare. Think Korean tacos, bacon mochi and so much more, including its cracking £5 corn dogs. The KDP is half hotdog, half mozzarella, drizzled in ketchup and mustard, while the Pickle Dog is a vegan version, made up of a pickle, ketchup and Tajin salt. This hangout also shakes up deliciously kitsch cocktails if you're feeling thirsty.

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Phwoar, that's a mighty corn dog if we ever saw one.

Pick & Cheese: Meat And Cheese Plates From £3.95

From The Cheese Bar comes this fabulous place for cheap eats in London, Pick & Cheese, where you can nab a range of dairy-doused and heavenly meat dishes from a sushi-style conveyor belt. And the best part? Most of these are under £5. That’s a healthy slice of sheep’s ricotta for just £3.95, achari-spiced salami at £4.95 and so much more. Stretchy waistbands at the ready, guys.

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Feeling bougie but don't have the bank balance to match? Right this way.

Marugame: Udon Bowls From £4.95

Fronting numerous branches, in places like Oxford Circus, Bond Street and Canary Wharf, Marugame has won the hearts of the capital's money-savvy folk. Chow down on the comforting kake or go for the beaut BK - a steaming bowl of noodles in a rich, intense broth - both up for grabs at £4.95. But if you're still hungry? Chomp on a piece of £2.15 chicken karaage, enjoy some courgette tempura for £1.65 and so much more. One of the most affordable restaurants in Central London? You betcha.

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U-don’t want to miss these affordable eats, but please note that the prices vary between branches.

Seabird: £2 Oysters

Seabird is not only an absolute beauty of a restaurant, thanks to foliage-covered spaces, Instagrammable vistas and a terrace to boot, but the team here are also making sure you can grab top seafood on a budget. Expect oysters at £3 a pop between 3pm and 6pm from Monday to Friday, all served alongside £7 martinis to make it a boozy one.

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Views and cheap food? It's all on the cards here.

Bun House: £3.80 Steamed Buns

If you're on the hunt for cheap restaurants in London, Chinatown stalwart Bun House is cute, cosy and casual, plus rustles up a range of enticing East Asian eats. But what we're shouting about are the £3.80 steamed buns, with fillings such as sticky BBQ pork belly, beef brisket or mixed mushrooms. Utilise their three for £11 offer by sharing with mates, as then they'll only be £3.60 a pop.

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You ain't got buns, hun? Then make sure to check out this Chinatown fave.

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