The best cheap eats in London: Budget-friendly restaurants in the capital

Our round-up of the best cheap restaurants in London, so you can eat out without breaking the bank (yes, it IS possible).

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The best cheap eats in London: Budget-friendly restaurants in the capital

Let’s face it: eating out in London is expensive. The cost of living crisis has made everything just that bit more expensive, and the capital is no exception! It's so hard to resist the temptation of some of the hottest and best restaurants across the city - the kind of ones that you see all over your Instagram feed or those that have been recognised by the famous Michelin guide. But these can often cost a pretty penny. In fact, we’ll go out on a limb and say that every Londoner has at least once been in the situation where you meet a friend for a quick drink and a couple of small plates, then balk at the £100 bill that lands on your table at the end of the evening.


Your monthly eating out fund can run particularly low if you are a restaurant obsessive who eats out a few nights a week (and we’re assuming you are, as you have clicked on this article). Luckily for you though, and your bank account, we are here to dispel the myth that high-quality food has to be matched by sky-high prices. The truth is, you can find deliciously affordable restaurants in London, if you just know where to look.

While our capital city may be famed across the world for its raft of Michelin-starred restaurants, artisan street food markets, glamorous rooftop bars and fine-dining establishments, London is also home to some of the best cheap eats, where the bill won’t leave you wondering whether you’ll need to sell a kidney on the black market.

Cheap doesn’t have to mean sacrificing quality and it also doesn’t mean your dining adventures will be relegated to uninspiring high-street chains (forgive us Pizza Express, we still love you). Next time you are on the hunt for the best cheap restaurants in London, consult our extensive list below and leave your credit card at home, as these eateries will leave you with change from a £20 note. Scroll on to discover the very best cheap eats London has to offer.


Cheap eats London

Here we are highlighting a mix of international flavours, showcasing dishes from all around the world. Despite their differences, they have some important things in common: cheap and delicious!

Roti King, Kings Cross and Battersea

Roti King Cheap Eats London

What: Iconic Malaysian eatery, Roti King serves up delicious specials at budget-friendly prices. The original location in Euston sees queues of hungry Londoners, and for good reason. Nothing on the menu is above a tenner, and you can fill up on two rotis and your choice of kari, from mutton to beef rendang, all for no more than £9.25.
Where: 40 Doric Way, NW1 1LH; 16 Arches Lane, SW11 8AB
Book Now: Roti King; Roti King Battersea

Wulf & Lamb, Chelsea and Marylebone

Cheap Eats Wulf & Lamb

What: If, like us, you find that good plant-based dishes just tend to be unreasonably expensive then Wulf & Lamb have something you can sink your teeth into without needing to pay those steep prices. Whilst the dinner menu is maybe a bit pricey for this list, they have great options for breakfast, especially at the Chelsea location, with a number of their classic vegan options starting from just £7. Enjoy tex mex wraps and scrambled harissa muffins for under a tenner or fluffy chocolate pancakes for just a couple of pounds more. 
Where: 243 Pavilion Road, SW1X 0BP; 66 Chiltern Street, W1U 4EJ
Book now: Wulf & Lamb Chelsea; Wulf & Lamb Marylebone

What The Pitta, Camden Town 

What the Pitta Cheap Eats London

What: This small vegan joint offers a compact, yet delicious, menu of affordable plant-based doner kebabs. The classic doner gyro will only set you back £9.50, and the meal deal includes your choice of side, such as onion rings or paprika fries, and a drink for less than £15. Very reasonable for a substantial, and vegan, meal.
Where: 89-91 Bayham Street, NW1 0AG
Book Now: What The Pitta

Brasserie Zedel, Soho

Brasserie Zedel Cheap Eats London

What: Take one look at Brasserie Zedel and you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s not a budget-friendly restaurant. The old adage of never judging a book by its cover applies, as this perennially popular French brasserie is a steal if you know how to order. Just take the three-course prix-fixe menu, which includes steak frites and chocolate tart, all for under £20.
Where: 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
Book now: Brasserie Zedel

Club Mexicana, Soho and other locations

Beef tacos and pickled onions

What: This Mexican spot serves all-vegan tacos for a great deal - three of the same, from fried ‘chicken’ to cheezeburger, will cost you just £12.50. Filling burrito bowls are also on offer for just over a tenner, and a speedy lunch menu gets you two courses for £12.50. If you’re really hungry, then Taco Tuesday may be for you, with all-you-can-eat delicacies for just £20.
Where: Kingly Court, W1B 5PW
Book Now: Club Mexicana

Ugly Dumpling, Soho and Fitzrovia

Ugly Dumpling Cheap Eats London

What: There is nothing ugly about these dumplings and the prices are rather attractive too. At Ugly Dumpling, choose between a meat, vegetarian or vegan platter of eight dumplings for £15 and get a selection of perfectly steamed and stuffed parcels. Here, classic takes are served alongside more fun interpretations such as cheeseburger dumplings and a Nutella variety stuffed with mixed nuts and marshmallows. 
Where: 1 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RB; 30 Rathbone Place W1T 1JG
Book now: Ugly Dumpling; Ugly Dumpling Fitzrovia

Banh Banh, Peckham 

Banh Banh Cheap Eats London

What: Family-run Banh Banh in Peckham (there’s also a site in Brixton) serves up Vietnamese delights for no more than £13 per dish, and the exposed brick dining room with pendant bulbs, marble counters and potted plants is suitably trendy. What more can you ask for? A family-style feast is encouraged, so go for a range of ‘smallish’, ‘biggish’ and ‘classic’ dishes such as the delicious papaya salad, finger-lickingly good sticky chicken wings, Vietnamese pho and Bành Khot pancakes.
Where: 46 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR
Book now: Banh Banh

Master Wei, Bloomsbury

Cheap Eats Master Wei

What: Tucked away down a pedestrianised side street near Russell Square, Master Wei really is a hidden gem. The Chinese café looks cool with exposed brick, Chinese art on the walls and stripped-back tables and chairs. Most dishes are priced below the £10 mark, with many even under £7.50, making this an extremely affordable place to go for dinner. Presented on very pretty crockery, it’s clear that the focus is food that tastes as good as it looks.
Where: 13 Cosmo Place, WC1N 3AP
Book now: Master Wei

Roti Chai Street Kitchen, Marylebone

Roti Chai Street Kitchen Cheap Eats London

What: Roti Chai Street Kitchen, tucked away in a mews behind Selfridges, channels the frantic railway stations and busy roadside cafés of India on its ground floor, whereas classic Indian tandoor grills are the inspiration for the basement dining room. It’s the former you should head to for a good-value meal, where snacks and hubbub are on the agenda. The ‘Railway Lamb Curry’ (slow-cooked Welsh lamb and potato with cardamom, roasted cumin and cloves) will warm you up nicely and set you back less than 13 quid.
Where: 3 Portman Mews South, W1H 6AY
Book now: Roti Chai Street Kitchen

The Cheese Bar, Camden

Cheese burgers and toasties

What: Doing exactly what it says on the tin, The Cheese Bar is a temple which worships at the altar of all things cheesy. The obvious choice here would be to treat yourself to one of the indulgent grilled cheese sandwiches, but there are bigger plates on offer too, including a five cheese macaroni and a truffle burger. Most items on the menu are under a tenner, too. With an option for bottomless raclette every Wednesday, we think £20 per person is a pretty sweet deal for as much cheese as you can stomach! 
Where: Unit 93-94 Camden Stables, NW1 8AH
Book now: The Cheese Bar

Del 74, Dalston

Tacos and beers

What: This casual taco joint is a cheap eat any day of the week really, but if you want a real bargain, head here on a Tuesday. Del 74’s Taco Tuesday deal sees diners enjoy tacos for just £3 and beers and shots for only £4. Elsewhere on the menu, you will find chicken wings, tostadas and quesadillas, while a thumping soundtrack and easy drinking cocktails help to set the atmosphere.
Where: 129 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB
Book now: Del 74 Dalston

Dumplings Legend, Soho

Colourful dim sum

What: While it is true that the bill can mount up at dim sum restaurants if you let your appetite get the better of you, Chinatown’s Dumplings Legend is at the more affordable end of the spectrum. Order steamed buns filled with chicken, pork, fish or veg and soak up the bustling atmosphere. If you’re smart about your order, you should be able to leave with relatively full pockets.
Where: 15-16 Gerrard Street, W1D 6JE
Book now: Dumplings Legend

Randy’s Wing Bar, Hackney Wick

Randys Wing Bar Cheap Eats London

What: Canal-side restaurant Randy’s Wing Bar channels the spirit of American-style chicken wings, with most of the items on the menu under a tenner – opt for the classic Buffalo style with truffle blue cheese or the Kansas variety with barbecue sauce. Don’t worry if you’re dining companion isn’t a chicken wing fan though, as there are a few cheap and cheerful burgers on the menu too. There's also all you can eat wings every monday for under 20 quid so you can easily fill up on a budget. 
Where: 28 East Bay Lane, E15 2GW
Book now: Randy’s Wing Bar

Casa do Frango, London Bridge and other locations

Piri piri chicken and sides

What: Piri piri restaurant Casa do Frango is naturally compared to a certain cheeky high street favourite, but the quality of cooking here is far superior to Nando’s, even though prices are pleasingly similar. Enjoy juicy, succulent chicken brushed with a spicy piri piri sauce and served alongside golden skinny fries or rice topped with chorizo and crispy onions.
Where: 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU
Book now: Casa do Frango

Machiya, Mayfair


What: Machiya is an ode to Kyoto home-style cooking and a visit to this Japanese joint won’t break the bank. The filling donburis (choose between toppings of pork, salmon and chicken) hover around the £15 mark, while fragrant Japanese-style curries are all priced under £16.50. Don’t miss the matcha themed desserts either, including fondants and crepes.
Where: 5 Panton Street, SW1Y 4DL
Book now: Machiya

Cheap bao London

Bao are an Asian snack that are perfect for a quick bite for lunch, or if you double up, a more substantial meal. Due to their cute size, the pricepoint of this handheld treat is usually very reasonable - but don't worry, flavour is still at the forefront!

Bao, Soho and other locations

Bao Cheap Eats London

What: What could be the reason for all the hype around Soho’s Bao? Well, such is the power of delicious Taiwanese steamed buns, we guess. Baos start at £6 and max out at £6.75, and we recommend one of everything (there are six to choose from). Elsewhere, order sides of house pickles or sweet potato chips dipped in plum pickle ketchup.
Where: 53 Lexington Street, W1F 9AS
Book now: Bao

Daddy Bao, Tooting

Daddy Bao Cheap Eats London

What: Tooting’s Daddy Bao has gone beyond “local favourite” status, as people from all over London now flock to the tiny restaurant for a bite of its pillowy Taiwanese buns. Prices start at a very reasonable £4.80, making them as affordable as they are tasty; go for the shiitake mushroom variety for a real depth of flavour or the chicken one for crunchy, deep-fried deliciousness. There’s also a fun bottomless brunch at the weekend with Taiwanese spins on British brunch classics.
Where: 113 Mitcham Road, SW17 9PE
Book now: Daddy Bao

Mr Bao, Peckham

Mr Bao Cheap Eats London

What: Bao down (see what we did there?) to this Peckham-based restaurant churning out everyone’s favourite Taiwanese buns. Mr Bao's fluffy little things start from just £4.60 and are guaranteed to please. Our favourites include the Bao Diddley (24-hour marinated chicken with wasabi mayonnaise and house kimchi), while the ginger braised tofu variety is also a winner.
Where: 293 Rye Lane, SE15 4UA
Book now: Mr Bao

Cheap noodles London

Whilst sushi and omakase menus have a bit of a rep for their steep prices, you can still enjoy those classic Japanese flavours with delicious bowls of ramen that won't set you back quite as much.

Shoryu Ramen, Covent Gardena and other locations 

Cheap Eats Shoryu Ramen

What: This Japanese street food chain has really started to take over London (and the UK) and we can definitely understand why! Ramen dishes at Shoryu are hearty, tasty and reasonably priced - which is a winning combination in our eyes. Its famous tonkotsu ramen, made with pork broth and topped with char siu bbq pork belly, is available for under £14 - or just £9.99 if you can make it to the early bird seatings between 3-6pm. With glasses of sake going for £6.50, you really don’t have to worry about the bill with this one. 
Where: 35 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AA
Book nowShoryu Ramen

Heddon Yokocho, Mayfair and Soho

Heddon Yokocho Cheap Eats London

What: There are few things better than a comforting bowl of ramen, with its bouncy noodles, soft meat and salty broth giving off rich umami notes - improved only by being able to bag it for under a tenner, of course. Well, lovers of this moreish soup can finally rejoice, as Yokocho is offering its signature retro ramens at both sites for just £9.99 each, on Mondays and Tuesdays, which we think makes for a pretty wallet-friendly way to start the week. 
Where: 8 Heddon Street, W1B 4BU; 35a Panton Street, SW1Y 4EA
Book now: Heddon Yokocho, Panton Yokocho

Marugame Udon, Marylebone and other locations

Marugame Udon Cheap Eats London

What: Global noodle mega-corp Marugame Udon has arrived in London, armed with some seriously cheap noodles. A steaming bowl of kake udon (noodles served in a light fish dashi soup) will set you back just £4.95 - which is essentially the price of a meal deal! The St. Christopher's Place location is most accessible, but there are already other outlets at Liverpool Street, Canary Wharf and The O2.
Where: 14 - 15 Barrett Street, London W1U 1LT
Book now: Marugame Udon St. Christopher's Place

Cheap pizza London

We can't talk about cheap eats without mentioning pizza! Whether by the slice and on the go, or splitting a giant pie with friends, this Italian delight often yields great bang for your buck.

Pizza Pilgrims, Soho and other locations

Pizza Pilgrims Cheap Eats London

What: Delicious pizzas make us happy, but delicious and cheap pizzas make us even happier. If you are of the same disposition, than Pizza Pilgrims is for you; here, £13.95 will afford you a delightful mushroom and truffle pizza, with plenty of other options well under £15 too. If you ask us though, we’d recommend saving some extra pounds for the Nutella pizza ring dessert - a ring of pizza dough stuffed with salted ricotta and Nutella baked in the oven and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Yum!
Where: 11 Dean Street, W1D 3RP
Book now: Pizza Pilgrims

Green Mosaic, Holborn and Hammersmith

Cheap Eats Green Mosaic

What: Delicious - and healthy? - pizzas for low prices. Yes please! Here, at Green Mosaic they’ve got a special blend to the dough, filling the flour with vitamins and antioxidants. The menu is packed with choice, all for under £16, with classic options such as prosciutto and funghi or a selection of signature pizzas including a green pesto base with spinach, olives and artichoke. There’s even the chance to get a spicy beef Wagyu nduja, which is pricier than other options, but for less than £20 is still a bargain. Plus, with antipasti priced at around £5, you can make your meal into a cheap and cheerful feast.
Where: 97 Leather Lane, EC1N 7TS; Broadway Shopping Centre, W6 9YE
Book now: Green Mosaic HolbornGreen Mosaic Hammersmith

Voodoo Ray's, Dalston and Peckham

Voodoo Rays Cheap Eats London

What: First thing's first: the pizzas here are enormous. We’re talking 22-inch, New York-style pies that you can top with almost whatever you fancy, although individual slices are also available for under a fiver should you be flying solo. Look out for flavours such as cumberland sausage and stilton or artichoke hearts and sunblush tomatoes. The Dalston site of Voodoo Ray's also sits on top of The Karaoke Hole, a drag-themed karaoke bar where you can order pizzas direct to your table.
Where: 95 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB; 285 Rye Lane, SE15 4UA 
Book now Voodoo Ray's; Voodoo Ray's Peckham

Homeslice, Covent Garden

Homeslice Cheap Eats London

What: Tucked inside the lovely and colourful Neil’s Yard in Covent Garden, Homeslice serves ginormous 20'' wood-fired Italian-styled pizzas alongside one-litre bottles of wine. Pizzas are around £26 quid for a whole (remember, they're huge), plus a litre-bottle of vino rosso is £36, so between four of you you're looking at about £15 each. Bargain! Toppings range from the traditional (salami, rocket and parmesan) to the experimental - curried minced lamb with tarragon pesto and crispy broad beans.
Where: 13 Neal's Yard, WC2H 9DP
Book now: Homeslice

Pizza Union, Spitalfields and other locations

Pizza Union Cheap Eats London

What: There aren’t many places in London where you can get a 12-inch pizza for around £7, but Pizza Union is one of them. In fact, the cheapest option on its menu – a classic margherita – will leave you with no more than a £5.95 shaped hole in your wallet. Simply queue up, order and wait (im)patiently for your buzzer to vibrate, telling you your pizza is ready. Wines by the glass and frozen cocktails are also a bargain for a fiver.
Where: 246-250 Pentonville Road, N1 9JY
Book now: Pizza Union

Zia Lucia, Holloway and other locations

Zia Lucia Cheap Eats London

What: The charcoal-dough pizzas, straight from the authentic wood-fired oven, are the main draw at Italian pizzeria Zia Lucia in Holloway. Warm service and outdoor seating add to the appeal, as do the excellent value pizzas which start at £9.95 and don't surpass £14.50. 
Where: 157 Holloway Road, N7 8LX
Book now: Zia Lucia

Yard Sale, Hackney and other locations

Yard Sale Cheap Eats London

What: Although London’s restaurant scene has even managed to gentrify pizza, this staple Italian dish is still the ultimate cheap eat. Head to Yard Sale and grab yourself an 18-inch margarita pizza for £18.50. Prices don't exceed £27.50, so if you split one of its ginormous pizzas, that's still only £13.75 each.
Where: 184 Hackney Road, E2 7QL
Book now: Yard Sale

Cheap burgers London

While over-the-top and gourmet burgers are a bit of a trend, the capital still has a wealth of classic joints that deliver high-quality patties at a reasonable price.

Patty & Bun, Marylebone and other locations

Patty & Bun Cheap Eats London

What: These days, gourmet burgers usually come with gourmet price tags, but Patty & Bun is the place to come for great puns and pocket-friendly prices. The burger bar’s moreish ‘Ari Gold’ cheeseburger will leave you with change from a tenner, while other offerings such as the rosemary salted chips and a fair few vegan options are rightfully celebrated. The up-beat atmosphere, friendly staff and cult beers are further draws.
Where: 54 James Street, W1U 1HE
Book now: Patty & Bun

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Haggerston and other locations

Chick n Sours Cheap Eats London

What: Fried chicken sandwiches and Pisco Sours are the order of the day at this aptly named restaurant. All of Chick ‘n’ Sours stacked sandwiches hover around the £12 and include the indulgent likes of the K Pop - fried chicken thigh slathered with gochujang mayonnaise, chilli vinegar, Asian coleslaw and sriracha sour cream. Sides are worth your time too, with the pickle and watermelon salad being among our favourites.
Where: 390 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA
Book nowChick ‘n’ Sours

Bleecker Burger, City and other locations

Bleecker Burger Cheap Eats London

What: The title of best burger in London is a hotly contested one, but Bleecker has rightfully earned a loyal fanbase through its cheap and cheerful approach. Keep things simple with the classic cheeseburger (yours for just £8.50) or spend a little more cash and treat yourself to a side of angry fries - coated in blue cheese, hot sauce and lashings of salt. Yes, they’re worth the extra expense.
Where: 16 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Book now: Bleecker

Butchies, Shoreditch and other locations

Butchies Cheap Eats London

What: Billing themselves as ‘fried chicken sandwich specialists’ (although we think the term chicken burger is more appropriate), Butchies serves up buttermilk fried chicken between buns, alongside sides such as chicken strips served with house ‘OG’ sauce. The Original, for example, is just seven quid! The meal deal combos here are a little more expensive than your average fast food joint, but will still leave you with change from £15.
Where: 22 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DY
Book now: Butchies

Murger Han, Mayfair and other locations

Murger Han Cheap Eats London

What: Casual Murger Han feels a little incongruous in flashy Mayfair and is something of a well kept secret among locals, but it is perfect for a post-shopping reprieve after a day of browsing the shops on Piccadilly. The eponymous Murger is a pork patty sandwiched between flatbread (a steal at just £6.20), but a bowl of thick and messy noodles measuring 12-feet long is also plenty of fun.
Where: 62 Eversholt Street, NW1 1DA
Book now: Murger Han

Cheap pasta London

Last but certainly not least, these plates of carby goodness give the impression of fine-dining and elegance, but without breaking the bank. Truly 'balling' on a budget.

Pastaio, Soho

Pastaio Cheap Eats London

What: Hand-made pasta at pocket-friendly prices has made Pastaio popular with the Soho set. Colourful interiors and marble-topped counters provide an Instagram-worthy backdrop, while the likes of lemon-dashed Prosecco slushies are destined to be shared on stories and posts too. This isn’t a case of style over substance though, as the pasta is good. Our advice? Order the Aglio e olio linguine with crusco chilli, parsley, and new season purple garlic.
Where: 19 Ganton Street, W1F 9BN
Book now: Pastaio

Noci, Battersea and other locations

Cheap Eats Noci

What: The prices at Noci don’t seem to match the sleek and stylish interior of Noci, which makes the deal just that much sweeter. With dishes starting from just £10 - a brown butter cacio e pepe ziti - this is definitely one to check out. Huge bowls of pasta, packed full of flavour, has you choosing from the likes of porcini and shimeji mushroom tagliatelle or slow cooked beef shin and red wine ragu pappardelle. You can probably squeeze a starter or a spritz in and still have change for £20 - what’s not to love?  
Where: Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AL
Book now: Noci

Flour & Grape, Bermondsey

Flour & Grape Cheap Eats London

What: You'll find this Italian restaurant packed out all day by the end of the working week, with customers popping in for a work lunch or Friday night dinner that's mind-bogglingly inexpensive considering the post code and vibe. Start with a small plate for around £6, before tucking into pasta dishes such as such as tortelloni with roasted pork shoulder and sage butter, or fazzoletti with spinach, mascarpone and nutmeg, ranging between £8.50 and £14.50. Flour & Grape: put it on your list. 
Where: 214 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
Book now: Flour & Grape

Padella, London Bridge and Shoreditch

Padella Cheap Eats London

What: It is little wonder there are constant around-the-corner queues at this no-bookings London Bridge pasta haven when most of the dishes are under £15. Padella is considered a bucket-list restaurant by discerning Londoners for a reason, and while it’s true that the bill can mount up here if you’re not careful, a plate of pasta and glass of wine should be possible for around £20.
Where: 6 Southwark Street, SE1 1TQ; 1 Phipp Street, EC2A 4PS
Book now: Padella; Padella Shoreditch

Bancone, Covent Garden and other locations

Bancone Cheap Eats London

What: You have probably seen the ‘silk handkerchiefs’ pasta dish from Bancone on your Instagram feed, set against the restaurant’s backdrop of marble surfaces and open kitchen with smartly turned out chefs working away. You don’t have to be an #influencer to afford your own though, as you could easily enjoy one of Bancone’s pasta mains for £15 or less.
Where: 39 William IV Street, WC2N 4DD
Book now: Bancone

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