Fast Food in London
Fast food doesn't have to be sub-standard burgers and soggy chips - this is London, after all, and the busiest city in the world wants great food, quick. So the restaurants of the capital have obliged, meaning fast food in London can come from some of the tastiest places around, from simple pastries and sandwiches all the way up to a piles of BBQ food. So if you're wondering where to get a quick meal in London, read our list and say goodbye to the takeaways.
Last updated on 11th August 2017
You shouldn’t really visit Magic Roundabout when you’re in a rush, because it’s a sight worth seeing. Situated in the middle of Old Street roundabout and accessed via a secret staircase in the tube station, its whole new world of bright colours and dance floor anthems up there. But if you need a quick bite and you are in Old Street, you can pop in and grab something from their legion of street food vendors that is sure to fill your stomachs.
Wahaca is not only your top stop for delicious Mexican street food, but also for fast food in London. While you can come on over for tacos, tapas or a mojito or two, their QuickPay system means you can settle the bill in no time. Get all the Latino flavours without having to wait around – what’s not to love?
You can rely on a city bar to deliver some quick London food and Kitty Hawk does it well. While they are more well known for their fancy restaurant offering up delicious, modern food, but they also have a coffee bar serving up the hot stuff with pastries for those on the go.
This slick, cool American diner is perfect for anyone looking for a fast meal in London. Taking you back to the 1950s, they’ve got a menu packed with delicious American classics – think burgers, hot dogs, that sort of thing – washed down by a milkshake and you’ll be on your way in no time.
Ray’s Bar might seem less like ‘where to eat quickly in London’ and more ‘tasty and quirky cocktails’, but hear us out. You can grab a creative cocktail from Ray’s Bar while you wait for a pizza slice or whole pie from the masters at Voodoo Ray’s upstairs – how’s that for a plan?
Big Easy by name, big easy by nature, the BBQ and seafood restaurant have busy bees in mind when they came up with their venue. While you can sit down and feast on their menu of delicious meats and seafood, stop by during the middle of the day and you can have one of the tastiest express lunches in London, with everything from lobster mac ‘n’ cheese to double bacon cheese burgers available.
You can trust sports bars to give you a quick bite to eat and Irish bars even more so. Go to fun time hangout McGettigans and you can fill your tum with a selection of pub classics or easy small plates, wash down with a pint of Guinness before shooting off on your way.
Belushis is the ultimate lad’s hangout, with beer, large plasma screens showing the sports and even a man cave or two. But it’s also a place if you fancy a quick pint and a bite to eat too. With their menu packed with classic American bar snacks and burgers, as well as a breakfast menu that would demolish even the heaviest hangover, it's the perfect stop for quick food in London.
Fast food in London is pretty much synonymous with pizza, and fewer people do it better than Pizza Pilgrims. Just a stone’s throw away from Canary Wharf station and serving up a variety of tasty pizza pies, you can grab one of these bad boys to takeaway if you’re in a rush… or you could stay and enjoy the big kid’s playground complete with games consoles, pinball machines and foosball.
Pop Brixton is a unique creative space that transformed a disused area into a place for local, independent businesses. While there’s lots of things to keep you occupied there, head by the street food market and you can be treated to everything from Japanese to BBQ to Ghanaian food – perfect for a quick bite to eat in London.
It is possible to get a quick bite to eat in London without skimping on quality because places like Bababoom exist. Not only do they serve up some devilishly tasty kebabs, flatbreads and other delicious Persian treats, they are served quickly as well. If you come for a middle of the day meal, their express lunch box will get you out there in no time.
A celebration of Bangali cuisine, Calcutta Street should probably be on your list of restaurants to visit anyway, but if you are in a rush you should be able to grab a small plate or two in a hurry. And their special lunch menu of kati rolls and tiffins should get you filled up and gone in a jiffy.
You can count on an American diner to supply you with fast food in London. Come to Sticky Fingers for good vibes and a selection of meaty snacks, hearty burgers or delicious mains, with everything from chicken to baby back ribs and mac ‘n’ cheese.
While you could travel the 12 hours to get Mexican food, why not just head to Benitos Hat, where you can much on a selection of tacos, burritos and nachos, all washed down by margaritas? And if you want a quick London lunch instead, you can take everything away.
You don’t have to light up the grill for great BBQ food anymore. Head to Porkys in Boxpark and you can get a wide range of tasty dishes, from burgers, to pork ribs and sandwiches, all guaranteed to arrive at your table quickly. Fast food in London has never been so succulent.