Best cheap lunch spots in London

Tuck into low-cost daytime delights at London's best cheap lunch spots.

London is home to a huge range of cheap and affordable eating options - from street markets to restaurant specials, a great lunch doesn't have to break the bank. Take a look at our pick of London's best cheap eats.

Best cheap international restaurants in London

You can find just about every global cuisine in London, often at great value.

Chinatown

Choose from dozens of Chinese restaurants in London's Chinatown for an affordable lunch option. Try the Golden Dragon for cheap dim sum starting at £3 to £4 per dish, or Old Tree Daiwan Bee for Taiwanese street food such as Taiwanese braised pork rice for £3.50. 

Indian Veg

Head down to Chapel Market in north London to find Indian Veg's all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet. Popular with a younger crowd before a night out, this is definitely good value Indian fare at only £7.95.

E. Pelicci

Step inside this Grade-II listed cafe to discover home-style cooking at prices that are hard to argue with. The family behind E. Pellicci has been serving honest Italian food and amazing sandwiches since 1900 in their Bethnal Green Road spot. Try the homemade Penne Pellicci for £7 or a rump steak and onion ciabatta for just £4.40 for a great cheap lunch option. 

Best street food markets for cheap food

Street food markets continue to grow in popularity, and with a great eclectic mix of cuisines for you to try, usually at a low price, it's easy to see why.

Brixton Village Market

Under the arcades of Brixton Village you'll find more than 20 cafes and restaurants serving dishes from all over the world, every day of the week, from Taiwanese bao buns for £4, to classic pies for just £5.50. You could even restaurant hop between courses. 

Berwick Street Market

Take your cheap lunch on the go from the many options at Berwick Street Market. Try everything from Asian street food, Greek souvlaki, Afghan dishes and homemade ravioli, to Asian waffles, burritos, Mediterranean salads and falafel.

Lower Marsh Market

Combine cheap eats with artisan shopping at Lower Marsh Market. Hawaiian poke, Japanese burgers, Italian street food, Peruvian specials - just a few of the options available six days a week. 

Best cheap London fast food

Fast food isn't limited to global chains - London has plenty of unique cheap fast food options.

Chik'n

Head down Baker Street to find Chik'n, who are "changing fried chicken for the good." Go for the Chik'n Hot Sandwich for £5.95 or a Popcorn Chik'n bucket on the go for just £3.95.

Herman Ze German

For a different take on hotdogs, try Herman Ze German in Soho, Charing Cross and Fitzrovia. Pick an imported German sausage starting at £7.95 in a roll or with fries, choose your spice level and your toppings for a German-style cheap lunch.

Mayfair Chippy

 

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London isn't short on fish and chip shops and the Mayfair Chippy is among those who have this British classic down to a fine art. Choose from cod, haddock, scampi or plaice and chips all for £10.50, served straight to your table.

Best cheap vegan and vegetarian restaurants

London's budget-friendly bites are not limited to meat-eaters. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian cheap eats to hunt down in the city.

The Potato Project

Pick from just about anything you could imagine on a baked potato at this spud-focused eatery. There are meat options at The Potato Project, but the black bean, lime, guacamole and corn salsa potato for £6.85 is one of a number of great vegetarian choices.

222 Veggie Vegan

Go hungry, leave full in West Kensington where 222 Veggie Vegan offers a healthy, all-you-can-eat buffet for £11.50 (£9.50 takeaway). With no fried foods or refined ingredients, this is a great option for a healthy lunch in London too.

Best lunch deals in London

Some of London's top restaurants have lunch deals that allow you to eat well without breaking the bank.

Brasserie Zédel

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Take in the grand art deco interior of Parisian-style restaurant Brasserie Zédel while enjoying a two-course lunch for just £10.50, or three courses for £13.75. The menu currently includes steak frites and chocolate délice. 

Alyn Williams at The Westbury

Enjoy three courses in just 60 minutes with Alyn Williams at The Westbury’s speedy lunch. At £30, this weekly changing set menu offers great value on Michelin-starred dining in London, with a choice of two starters, mains and desserts in the elegant Mayfair restaurant. Choose from the likes of salmon tartare, chicken chasseur and buttermilk parfait.
 

Bob Bob Ricard

Known for the "press for champagne" buttons found at each table, Bob Bob Ricard has introduced off-peak pricing. During lunchtimes from Monday to Thursday, you can enjoy some of the restaurant's signature dishes at up to 25% off the regular price, including lobster macaroni cheese for £20.50 (usually £26.75). Even the caviar is reduced, starting at £22 instead of £29.

Madison

Boasting one of the best restaurant views in London, looking straight onto St Paul's Cathedral's magnificent dome, Madison offers a two-course lunch, with a glass of wine for just £20. Or add a third course and upgrade to bubbles for £30.