London’s best cheap eats

Published September 14th, 2012

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to have as much as the Queen to live well in London. Yes the exchange rate may seem painful but when you can eat a decent meal in London for a fiver, it doesn’t seem so bad after all. If you’re about to travel to London or currently saving to book your London flight, then here are some fantastic cheap eats you’ll want to budget for.


Salt Beef on Rye from Brick Lane Beigel Bakert

The Jewish bakery is a London institution and the ‘salt beef on rye’ sandwich, its most popular product. If you’re in the mood for a meaty sandwich, they don’t skip on the corned beef here. And the best bit? The iconic Brick Lane sandwich will only set you back £4.

159 Brick Lane



Gourmet pizza on the cheap

Pizza from Pizza East

For a hip meal that is kind to the hip pocket, Pizza East in Portobello is your best bet. This cheap pizzeria isn’t anything like the greasy, fluorescently lit joints you’ll find in Aus. Far from it. Sexy mood lighting, sleek wooden floors and exposed brick makes Pizza East a place you actually want to be. And then there is the food; gourmet toppings like artichokes, mozzarella, rocket and parmesan. Don’t expect to pay any more than £13 for pizza.

56 Shoreditch High Street


Indian wrap from Moolis

Outside of India, London would have to be one of our favourite places for Indian food, and at the top of that list is Moolis on Frith Street in Soho. We can’t get enough of the restaurant’s Indian wraps, in particular the beef, pork and paneer (mmm cheesey!) and for only £5.25, it’s a cheap lunch that will make your tummy and tastebuds very happy.

50 Frith Street


Crispy Vietnamese roll from Banh Mi Bay

For a crispy Vietnamese pork roll on a budget, Camden’s Banh Mi Bay is the place to be. With shabby chic chandeliers and fresh ingredients, this homely Vietnamese nook may be tiny, but its banh mi baguettes have a huge reputation. Take your pick from shredded caramel pork, vegetarian tofu, char-grilled chicken satay or even char-grilled prawn. These fresh sandwiches will hit the spot for only £3.95.

6 Theobald's Rd 


Burger from MEATliquor

The name just says it all really; MEAT! The burger joint is reminiscent of Grill’d in Australia, only way more cool. And when we say ‘cool,’ we mean drinks in jam jars, cheeky menu names and art-covered walls and ceiling, cool. In other words it’s very cool. But don’t let the fancy décor fool you. At £7 a burger you can afford to eat here. And with only a small price spike compared to fast-food options, the glossy, meaty, cheesy burger party-in-your-mouth is worth every pound.

74 Welbeck Street


Lauren Burvill

Australian born but London based, I'm a sucker for big cities and small tropical islands. When travelling, I like eating like a local, dressing like a local, but staying in 5 star style. Have a travel story to share? Tweet me @laurenburvill.