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 24th July 2017
Eating cheap in London isn't always easy, or is it? One of the best burger restaurants in London and toting affordable prices at that, join The Diner on The Strand for a night of Americana inspired meals in a cool, diner setting with boozy milkshakes and more.
Take a trip to Bababoom for a delicious menu of Middle Eastern flavours created from quality British produce. They’ll serve you up wonderful Persian flatbreads topped with charcoal grilled meats and punchy vegetables, in a relaxed setting that won’t cost you a fortune.
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.
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.
Coupling affordable dishes with authentic recipes, Lazeez Tapas is charming Lebanese restaurant based on Bond Street. The restaurant uses locally coursed ingredients and meats, alongside a handful of ingredients imported from Lebanon, to create authentic plates that are perfect for sharing. From seasoned lamb to fresh seafood treats, this restaurant has to be up there with the best tapas spots in the city.
Fill yourself up on delicious Memphis-inspired food at Porky’s for much less than it costs to get a plane ticket to America. They boast everything from meaty ribs to pulled pork and hound dogs. And then you can wash it down with some bourbon, cocktails or beer.
The Longacre 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 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!
There's not much we love more than beer and pizza, but somehow Tank and Paddle have improved on the age-old formula with their lovely City restaurant. With stone-baked pizza made to order, and pints coming from Meantime brewery, not only is the quality cracking but also great value as the venue host regular deals, including pizza for a fiver and pints for £2.
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!
From Beef Mussaman Curry through to Pad Thai, Rosa's is a perfect spot for some delicious Thai food at a reasonable price. The cute little spot is perfect for a date night with a modern and fresh interior and delectable cocktails.
Adding a big dose of delicious American into your life is Meat & Shake, the casual diner located in Ealing. Head to this quirky spot to stuff yourself with creamy shakes, pulled pork and BBQ-style dishes, all of which won't break the bank.