Cheap Places to Eat in London

It’s no surprise that London is one of the most expensive places to live as a student. But it doesn’t always have to be. The food scene in the capital is on another level. With so much to choose from, it’s hard to figure out where to get the best meals, and safe a pretty penny whilst you’re at it. There’s loads to choose from in London, so your bound to find something that fills a hole.

Have a look through some of our picks of the moment, where you can get a cheap meal in London, without any compromise on the food. 

180 Club, Camden.

180 Club Camden is a late night darts bar serving up bites to eat and cocktails. small plates. Sort yourself out with tacos, burgers, and a few cocktails to steady your hand on the darts board. Looking for a chill out space with your mates, a weekend night out, or for a decent first date spot 180 Club has you sorted!

Looking to shoot a few darts? Try and get a board during ‘off peak’ times, which is normally half price, paired with some dishes starting at £4, you can fill yourself with Mexican nibbles & good vibes only.

Must Try: Cauliflower Popcorn & Pulled Pork Tacos.

The Cheese Bar, Camden.

Calling all cheese lovers out there. We have found the place of your dreams. The Cheese Bar in Camden is dedicated to championing British cheeses. The Cheese Bar have melted toasties, fondues, truffle cheese fries, raclette and so much more. Fancy a tipple with your cheese? The Cheese Bar are masters of wine pairing with natural and biodynamic wines for every meal.

Must Try: Grilled Cheeses Sandwiches. All the good stuff.

Pizza Pilgrims, London Bridge.

Pizza Pilgrims serve some of the finest Neapolitan pizza around London, using the best, freshest ingredients they can source to bring us pizza we won’t forget in a hurry. We love the Pizza Pilgrims under under London Bridge Station, tucked away nearby train tracks inside an old archway, for those ultimate New York City vibes. Prices ain’t too bad either, so if you’re looking for a cheap place to eat in London that’s fairly central, head on down. If you’re in the area, soak up your surroundings and the hustle and bustle of the city with a slice of pizza.

Must Try: Double Pepperoni & Spicy Honey Pizza.

Opera Tavern, Covent Garden.

In the heart of Covent Garden, the theatre land of London, Opera Tavern is a must. Spanish and Italian tapas, charcuterie and wine. This place needs no more of an introduction. What’s not to like? Seconds from the Opera House it really is the perfect place for a pre-theatre meal.

Must Try: Ibérico Pork, of course, and the Foie Gras Burger.

Del 74, Dalston.

Del 74 is a no fuss Mexican chain, bringing all the tasties at affordable prices. They ‘keep it simple and keep it real’. Head on down for a Del 74 happy hour every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Have a go on the best of the best tacos for only £2.50 on Taco Tuesdays. Fancy a weekend warm up? Pair Mexican cuisine with a Bottomless Brunch on a Saturday 12 till 5pm: margaritas and almost all you can eat.

Must Try: Barbacoa Tacos, yes please!

Poppies Fish and Chips, Soho.

Everyone loves the British classic: fish and chips. The self title Original London Chippy have crafted the art of fish and chips over 70 years of hard work. Not a bad resume tbh. Whether you’re looking for an after work pick me up or a cheeky Friday night take away, indulge yourself at Pops, it’ll be worth it.

Must Try: Fish & Chips, but you already knew that.

BAO, Soho.

The original BAO is located at the heart of Soho. bringing to the streets of London, authentic Taiwanese dishes. Each of the BAO locations represents a different slice of culture from Taiwan, so you can feel fully immersed in the culture. You guessed it, the star of the show here is the bao buns, with a flavour to suit for everyone.

Must Try: Bao bun with moist shreds of braised pork, coriander & peanuts.

Tips & Tricks for Saving Money on Food

London is a big city with so many amazing restaurants, so when you’re there, you know you definitely won’t fall short of options and you will, without a doubt, be able to find a restaurant that will suit your needs! These are just a few of a whole host of restaurants that are affordable to eat at, so you’ll never go hungry again. If you’re looking for other ways to life life for less, check out our Save Money Hub.