Cheap Restaurants in London
Let's face it, eating out in London is bloomin' expensive. But if you hit the right spots at the right times, you can actually snag yourself some sumptuous grub at pocket-friendly prices. Of course, we know all of the those spots and all of their times... but we suppose we could let you in on them too - call it our little secret. Here's the best 'Cheap Restaurants in London' - perfect for those of us with big appetites and small wallets...
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Last updated on 17th May 2016
Eating out in Leicester Square is never going to be a wallet-friendly experience, right? Not in the case of Ruby Blue; the vibrant restaurant, bar and nightclub serving comfort dishes and moreish finger foods in one of the most prestigious parts of central London. Perfect for an early evening meal or some pre-theatre grub, the cheap and cheerful vibes extend to the drinks list, where you can get up to 50% off in happy hour between 5 and 8pm, Sunday to Friday.
Here to make your Monday all the more merrier (because Monday is such a non-day), The Slug & Lettuce gives you 50% off their menu for a wonderfully cheap start to the week. A top pick for cheap restaurants in London, the Slug & Lettuce has a menu full of sharing plates and other classic British dishes to enjoy all for cheap prices with venues across London by Tower Bridge, Waterloo, Greenwich O2 and Leicester Square.
Not sure what to do this weekend? Head down to Clerkenwell & Social with friend and grab two hand-crafted artisan pizzas for less than a fiver each! With 2-4-1 pizzas available all day on Saturdays, this chilled out bar in Farringdon makes for the perfect spot to grab a cheap meal out in London. Oh, and make sure you pair your pizzas with the 2-4-1 cocktails on offer here too!
Sitting in the shadow of the Shard, Jamies is a delightful restaurant bar that delivers an array of delicious-yet-affordable dishes. Pop in and tuck into a menu of modern British meals. Burgers here start at just £7.50 whilst sharing platters will set you back as little as £9! Add that to the fact that a pint will cost you just £3.80, and we think it's fair to say that Jamies is one of the finest budget restaurants bars in London.
Sway is a swanky spot in Holborn that boasts an all-day menu of reasonably-priced, hearty grub. Head down of an early evening and treat yourself to a delectable-yet-affordable dinner in London; we're talking 'Steak and Chips', 'Chargrilled Chicken Breast w/ Asparagus, Chorizo and Wild Rocket', or 'Londoner Sausage and Mash' - all of which come in at less than a tenner!
Hidden beneath an exposed-brick railway in Clapham is Fu Manchu, an awesome Oriental eatery that serves up a menu of delicious dim sum dishes. Head down with a friend for cheap lunch in London - indulge on small plates together like the Prawn and chicken dumplings (£4) and the Sweet pumpkin puffs (£3.50). And if you're extra hungry, why not try their 'All You Can Eat Dim Sum Sundays' for just £19.50pp!
Scarlet's' kitchen serves up an exceptional selection of super-fresh, delectable dishes - these span from elegant European classics to wholesome Tex-mex meals. Head down at any time of the day and get stuck into a some mouth-watering grilled sandwiches or burgers without having to part ways with more than a tenner. Not only is Scarlet one of the best budget restaurants in London, it's a bloody good looking one too!
Sitting pretty in Covent Garden, Belushis boasts the perfect Central London location - luckily for us, it doesn't let that affect the prices on its menu. If anything, Belushis does the opposite - this is one of the best 'cheap eats in London'. Pop down on any weekday before 5pm and grab yourself a burger and a beer for just £8! And even the drinks are cheap here too - a pint will set you back just £3.25 whilst a glass of wine is a mere £3.50.
Zebrano manages to deliver a swanky West End dining setting whilst still being a cheap place to eat out in London. The set menu here is particularly awesome, offering up two courses for £13.95 or three for just £16.95. And these aren't your bog-standard, microwaved dishes; you can expect to find quality grub here - we're talking 'Crispy Duck Salad' to start, 'Sirloin Steak' for you main and 'Rich Chocolate & Praline truffle' for dessert.
Salsa introduces South American style, colour and culture to the heart of London... but best of all, they introduce cheap tapas too! Head down to this lively Latin restaurant on any day of the week before 5pm and you can snag yourself 3 tapas dishes for a more-than-stomachable tenner - perfect for a cheap lunch in London. Dishes include all of your classics - think Spanish Omelette, Calamares and Patatas Bravas!