Budget Restaurants in 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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