Treat Yourself to Eating Cheap in London

dibach By dibach, 14th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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London isn’t all about fine wine and dining. If you know where to look, you can still eat out for less than a fiver or a tenner, if you really feel like splashing out.

Traditional Eats: Fish & Chips Shops

Fish and chips have long been a national dish in the UK, harking back to the days of Charles Dickens. Almost every high street will have a ‘chippy’ where a typical time-honoured menu might be chips with fish, sausage or the infamous mushy peas. The choice to eat in or have them wrapped in newspaper to eat out is entirely yours but remember to soak them in vinegar!!

The Big Breakfast

A visit to London isn’t complete without a trip to a ‘greasy caff’ where the most popular dish is the ‘full English Breakfast’. This consists of a plate of bacon, sausage, beans, mushrooms, egg, toast, hash browns, all washed down with a mug of tea. There are variations to this meal and usually a vegetarian equivalent. If it sounds too greasy for you, there are many other dishes and snacks to choose from. So, while you hang out for your breakfast or lunch you also get to meet a few local characters at the same time.

The Pub

The pub has long been the central hub for local life in the UK and recent years has seen them changing with the times and offering high class gourmet food alongside the customary pint. However, not every pub offers top end ‘pub grub’ for their customers and these days many advertise a meal and a drink for under five pounds. For particularly cheap deals look out for the Weatherspoon chain of pubs which may not always have the best atmosphere but certainly have very competitive prices.

International Eats: Turkish Cuisine

You know you’ve found a brilliant Turkish restaurant when the tables are full of local people who know where to find high quality and well priced food. Go for a visit for breakfast, lunch or an evening meal and opt for a huge selection of authentic vegetarian or meat dishes and yummy Turkish pastries. The area of Dalston in Hackney is especially well known for freshly prepared, budget eats and some even let you take in your own wine.


Chinatown in central London hosts an amazing selection of Chinese restaurants which are all situated in the lively atmosphere of the Chinese community. Look out for special offers on the boards and menus outside to find the best deal. Whether you just want a hot bowl of noodles or soup or a fully blown dinner, Chinatown is by far the best value for genuine Chinese cuisine. If you fancy cooking a dish yourself, you’ll also find numerous shops selling essential ingredients to help make an amazing dish or two.


Vietnamese cuisine has fast become popular in recent years due to the high quality food at reasonable prices and restaurants emerging in various parts of London. Menus can differ depending on the differing regions in Vietnam but all offer a comprehensive range of fresh produce and once again, many allow customers to bring their own wine.

Top Tips

Other budget places to find food on the go are local bakeries for cheap sandwiches and pastries or try sushi takeaways where you can pick up any selection from their menu at a realistic price.

Look out for advertisements from chain restaurants who often promote 2 for 1 or buy 1 get one 1 free offers. Also, look in the London free papers for coupons offering free or cheap meals.


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I have recently swapped an urban life for a rural one, leaving me more time to do what I enjoy most: to write, and hopefully inspire.

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author avatar Ange lowdon
16th Oct 2011 (#)

great article, well usefull

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