Originally Published: February 11, 2014

Eating in London needn’t send you into a financial frenzy. Across the capital there are plenty of restaurants, cafes and eateries offering delicious food at bargain prices. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a sit down meal or some fresh and tasty ingredients, we’ve compiled a list of where to eat cheap in London. From scrumptious fish ‘n chips to mouthwatering pizza, we promise that these five cheap eats in London will fill your stomach without emptying your wallet. So if you’re looking for a bargain bite, follow this guide and remember to let us know your favourites!

The 5 best cheap eats in London

Pizza Pilgrims

One pilgrimage across Italy, a 3-wheeled pizza oven van and fresh seasonal ingredients are what makes Pizza Pilgrims one of the best cheap eats in London. Pizza Pilgrims have sourced original recipes from Naples, ensuring that their pizza is as traditional as it gets. So escape to Italy and pick up a pizza at their Soho store or their van at Harvey Nichols. You can get traditional sourdough, tomatoes grown in volcanic soil, and Calabrian sausage from as little as £6. What’s not to love?

102 Berwick Street Market, London W1F 0QB

Poppies

Fish ‘n chips  just doesn’t get better than this. Open since 1945, award winning Poppies is one of the tastiest cheap eats in London. Costing from as little as £5.95, Poppies’ menu which is full of secret family recipes, fresh fish, scrumptious savouries, and golden chips will keep you coming back for more. Located in Spitalfields and Camden, Poppies’ will transport you back in time with their newspaper wrapped takeaways, 1940’s decor and even live music at their Camden fish bar. So next time you’re in London, make sure you swing by Poppies for your fish ‘n chip fix!

6-8 Hanbury Street, London E1 6QR

Poppies - Cheap eats in London
Poppies – Photo by Lisa Robinson

Daddy Donkey

Visit Daddy Donkey for a bargain burrito bursting with flavour. Daddy Donkey first began serving burritos in Leather Lane back in 2005, since then the Mexican grill has evolved into one of the most loved cheap eats in London. It’s easy to see why Daddy Donkey is so popular. Some of the fresh ingredients and succulent fillings on offer include shredded brisket and pulled pork shoulder topped with fresh guacamole. You can grab a taste of Mexico from around £5.95, so next time you visit the capital make sure Daddy Donkey is your first stop.

50b Leather Lane, London EC1N 7TP

Patty & Bun

Patty and Bun doesn’t mess around with flavour. Their mouthwatering burgers and chips sprinkled with rosemary salt are what keeps Londoners’ queuing all day, everyday for a bite of Patty and Bun. From just £7.50, diners can tuck into one of six delicious burgers including the classic ‘Smokey Robinson’ and the ‘Lambshank Redemption’. Patty and Bun definitely lives up to its reputation – this is one of the cheap eats in London not to be missed.

54 James Street, London W1U 1EU

Cheap eats in London: Patty & Bun - Photo by Ewan Munro
Patty & Bun – Photo by Ewan Munro

Borough Market

Borough Market is the perfect place for any passionate foodie looking for a bargain bite. With a variety of restaurants and cafes, and over 150 stalls, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Borough Market is full of affordable ingredients, seasonal produce, and delicious cuisine. From chocolate to cheese, everything you need to eat cheap can be found under one roof. Pick up a freshly prepared sandwich in your lunch break or vegetables to make a low cost dinner in the evening. Whatever you eat, let us know what bargains you find at Borough Market!

You don’t have to trade in flavour to eat on a budget. These top five cheap eats in London are guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling. So next time you’re in London, make sure that you follow this guide and enjoy some of the best food that the capital has to offer – I know I will!

8 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TL

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