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GO Budget Restaurants in London

Budget Restaurants in Greater London Save your cash and still fill your stomach with the wealth of budget restaurants to eat in.

If you’re staying in Central London try Axis [map] for an eclectic mix of flavours at this ultra funky restaurant. The Axis is located within the One Aldwych hotel complex, WC2.

If you’re looking for a lively taste of Mexican food check out La Perla [map], Maiden Lane, WC2, which offers a great selection of discounted beers, spirits and cocktails. This restaurant is sure to liven up any evening and offers a range of Tex-Mex snacks.

Dining in style doesn’t have to cost a fortune and the St John [map], St John Street, EC1, proves it. Winner of numerous awards and favoured by the fashionable you can still find some traditional and budget-friendly food including lamb and green sauce sandwich, trotter and mash, and Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese.

Right in the heart of the West End you’ll find Abu Ali [map], George Street, W1, which specialises in Middle Eastern cuisine. What’s particularly special about this restaurant, aside from the plethora of tasty dishes, is that Abu has a delivery service that can cater for up to 50 people.

Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike are sure to find something tempting on the menu offered at Billy Joe’s [map], Uxbridge Road, West Ealing, W13, which is a Tex-Mex restaurant that oozes mid-west style. With a range of dishes including burgers, chilli, and some of the best ribs in London, Billy Joe’s offers the perfect cuisine to cater for large parties. The atmosphere in this restaurant is particularly vibrant and Billy Joe’s even has its own jail which is sure to be a great talking point.

If you’re looking for a café with that extra touch of class head to Café Trinity [map], Bedford Park Corner, Chiswick, W4. Locally known for offering the best coffee in the area, Café Trinity also has an imaginative collection of fresh sandwiches, and a range of tempting cakes and patisseries.

Tucked away behind Swiss Cottage tube station in North West London you’ll find Singaporean and Malaysian food at a steal. Although it may be a little out of your price range at dinner time you’ll find that the Singapore Garden [map] has a bargain set lunchtime menu offering three courses for under £10.

Surprisingly Polish food is also available on the cheap in north west London at Zamoyski [map]. Located close to Hampstead Heath this restaurant offers a range of inexpensive Polish culinary delights in decent sized portions – it’s no wonder this place is popular!

Voted one of the top cheap restaurants in the country in the Observer Food Monthly the Afghan Kitchen [map] in North London should near the top of your list when it comes to eating out on a budget. If you’ve never tried it before, you’ll find the food Indian in style but with a Persian edge, which makes it just that bit different.

The Limehouse area was London’s original East End Chinatown and although today there is little left of the area some budget oriental eats remain in this area namely Good Friends, Lennie’s and The Thai Hut.

Brick Lane has been renamed “Bangla Town” as it is the home of London’s Bangladeshi community. Here you will find Preem [map] where you can have a starter and a main course for under £10! They also offer cooking lessons so you can attempt to repeat the experience with all your leftovers one Wednesday evening.

However, traditional East London fayre is still pie, mash and liquor (thin parsley sauce) and fortunately this is one food fetish that you won’t be priced out of if you’re lacking in cash.

French cuisine might be notoriously at the more expensive end of the market, but there are a few exceptions to the rule and one particularly reasonable restaurant can be found in South East London. Try The Lobster Pot [map], Kennington Lane, SE11. Enjoy a range of fish dishes such as grilled or poached lobster and salmon as well as delectable mussel dishes.

The Borough Café [map], Park Street, SE1, has earned an excellent reputation for offering reasonably priced meals, and also for its exquisite bubble and squeak that makes the Borough an extremely busy café. If you manage to get a seat check out some of the specials on the menu board, definitely worth the wait.

Axum [map], Wandsworth Road, SW8, offers an unusual dining experience in South West London based on the exotic and interesting Ethiopian cuisine. Try one of the dishes from the wide menu and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the staff. There’s plenty of vegetarian and vegan food to choose from.

One of London’s oldest Russian restaurants Borshtch’n Tears [map], Beauchamp Place, SW3, has been around since the first half of the 20th century and offers diners prices that are certainly from a by-gone era. The décor and atmosphere, however, are bang up to date and a visit to the Borshtch’n proves something of a wild vodka-fuelled experience with lively music every night and diners invited to dance on the tables.

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