Affordable Restaurants in London
Most commonly dubbed as an expensive city, it takes an insider to show you the cheapest places to eat in London. But let's be clear about one thing - cheap doesn't mean crap. Some of the best affordable London restaurants are among the best in the country whether you're looking for some street food vibes, international cuisines or somewhere that knocks up cocktails and food in their own style. Check out our top picks for cheap dinner and drinks in London right here.
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Last updated on 18th January 2017
With a menu of 'Luxury Sandwiches', lighter plates and sharing platters, the food at Balls Brothers is a slice of British gastronomic heaven and all for great prices. Anywhere that has 1/2 a lobster on the menu for £15 is a cracking good deal to us and Balls Brothers do casual dining with all the style and luxe so well to make for an affordable place to have dinner in London.
Considering the quality of ingredients that Meat People use to create their dishes, the prices in this North London restaurant are more than reasonable. Tuck into the likes of '7-Hour braised beef cheeks' or 'Swordfish' without having to break the bank. On top of the top quality dishes, this restaurant boasts an undeniable character and charm that you simply wont find in your run-of-the-mill high street restaurant.
Step into your lederhosen and practise some amateur German, you're about to head to the Bavarian Beerhouse and they expect nothing less than wild drinking and some heavy sausage eating. The only place for an all round German experience in the city, head down to this hall of overflowing steins and traditional bratwurst for one hell of a cheap night out in London.
A dark and dreamy beacon of South American fun times, Salsa knows how to pit party bar up with some pretty tasty dining. An explosion of colour, sassy culture and vibrant style, Salsa shimmys into our best affordable restaurants in London with their menu of tapas plates coming in at around a fiver so you can stack up for less.
A bit of a Shoreditch locale for cool atmospheres and cheap dinner and drinks in London. Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is as quirky as they come with an informal set-up perfect for an after work joint if you're on the hunt for somewhere to bosh out great food and hella tasty cocktails for cheapy cheap. Their fresh stone baked 'Pizza by the meter' is the one with 1m (x4 different pizza’s) for £30 or 1/2m (x2 different pizza’s) for just £15.
A firm favourite when looking for a cheap place to eat in London, Revolution on Leadenhall Street never disappoints. Spread over 4 floors, this bar restaurant is a haven for all things casual dining where the cocktails come strong and the food smashes out everything from classic British, to Americana and Mexican with some big boy burritos on offer.
The Absurd Bird on Soho's Peter Street will be serving up the likes of Corn Bread Pudding, Jalapeno Mac'N'Cheese and a delicately flavoured Spinach and Artichoke dip, alongside the usual copious amounts of BBQ ribs, spicy chicken and condiment filled burgers that you'd expect to find at a Southern eatery. With most main courses priced at under £10 and an alluring, competitively priced drinks menu, you definitely won't need to break the bank at this affordable restaurant in London.
No, seriously. It really is possible to enjoy an eating out experience on Leicester Square without spending the big bucks. Meet Ruby Blue, a thriving restaurant and cocktail bar dedicated to bringing you comfort dishes and moreish finger food at cut-down rates. It’s a handy little spot for an early-evening meal or grabbing something before the theatre, and the drinks don’t burn a hole in the wallet either; with happy hour offering up to 50% off between 5 and 8pm, Sunday to Friday.
With most of their main meals coming in at the £10-£14 mark, it's no wonder Scarlet's is classed as one of the most affordable places to eat in London. Flirty and fun with the party attitude to match, this fun restaurant not only promises affordable British bites, there's crafted cocktails, wine and more in their quirky confines.
A humble plot in Farringdon, Clerkenwell & Social is a thriving bar restaurant with a penchant for authentic Italian foods and creative cocktails inspired by classic literary works. Owning their own range of handmade bitters, syrups and bespoke shots as well as yummy pizzas that come in at £8-£12, Clerkenwell & Social is a top choice for an affordable meal out in London.
Somewhere seamlessly bringing together casual London dining with a place to party, Opal is a popular pick among anyone in central London for its good time atmosphere and affordable nosh. Tuck into their menu of classic British dishes and see off burgers, hot dogs, fish and chips or the punters favourite, sausage and mash.
Head to Ealing for a healthy dose of American dishes at Meat & Shake, from cheese and chilli topped hot dogs through to 14-hour smoked ribs. The relaxed diner has all you need for a belly-busting dinner, and even better, the prices won't break the bank.
Boasting a hefty happy hour Monday to Friday 8-10pm and serving up rustic Italian flavours with a mix of small plates, pizzas and big plates coming in well under a tenner or never over £12 you need to be filling your boots here for a cheap dinner in London. Their mixology is an original collection of signature concoctions and their Chicken and Pancetta Aranchini (£5.50) is kind of a big deal.
Plump dim sum dishes, killer cocktails and one cool dining area set underneath brickwork arches in Clapham - welcome to Fu Manchu. An Asian lair of low lighting and sumptuous cuisine with pretty decent party vibe thanks to the DJs, dance floor and late licence to take advantage of after you'e done feasting at this affordable London restaurant.
Offering a warm and welcoming break from the Piccadilly Circus tourist trap, The Warwick is a Soho restaurant and bar that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Immerse yourself in a lavish pub-styled venue and enjoy something from the seasonal dishes, warm home comforts or sharing platters; the venue is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. Happy Hour offers up to 50% off selected drinks between 5 and 8pm daily.
Don't fancy paying through the nose for dinner, but interested in a stand-up meal that will still settle those hunger pangs? Looks like you're heading to Holborn then doesn't it. With their classic British plates setting you back no more than £10-£12 and their drinks even more reasonable, Balls Brothers Shoe Lane is a laid back restaurant for an affordable meal in London.
Somewhere between a cafe and a restaurant, the charming interiors of Mabel's in Covent Garden take you back to some classic British dining without breaking the bank. For somewhere affordable to eat in London, head down to Mabel's for brunch, lunch or dinner and experience their menu of traditional British plates.
Park up at this all-American roadhouse of cocktail pitchers and big dirty burgers. Give the nibbles menu a go where you can stuff yourself silly with 3 plates of pure BBQ, Americana goodness for £12. Pulled Pork, Sticky wings and Salt and Pepper Crispy Squid? We think so. Alternatively, wrap your gobs around their hefty burgers from £9.50 to £12.50 for a cheap meal out in London.