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London's Ultimate Cheap Eats Guide

By Malika Dalamal
August 6, 2013

Whether you're broke from your summer getaway or saving for something big, there's no need to sacrifice eating out. Read on to find London's ultimate cheap eats guide. There's something here to satisfy every palate.

  • Pizza by the Slice

    Mulberry Street in Bayswater calls itself "London's only authentic New York pizzeria." Try a slice (from £2.75), and we'll let you be the judge. Or if you find yourself with after-hours munchies, head to Voodoo Ray's in Dalston (open till 3 AM on the weekends) for New York-style pizza by the slice (from £3.50).


  • Cheap but Cheerful

    Notting Hill Mexican Taqueria offers reasonably priced small plates - ideal for sharing - in an understated space with a cool laid-back vibe. For something more lively, go down the road to Santo for homestyle Mexican cooking in a colourful dining room that converts into a dance floor during the night.

  • Affordable Fine Dining

    Ollie Dabbous serves beautifully presented Modern European dishes at his industrial-style Fitrovia restaurants. The four-course set menu features dishes with exciting textures and suprising food combinations that wouldn't be out of place in a posher establishment and will only set you back £28 at lunchtime.

  • Eastern Treasures

    Maroush, a popular Lebanese restaurant with branches all over London, is ideal for a quick bite, or queue up and sit down at modern Thai chain Busaba Eathai, where service on the communal tables is usually speedy. For excellent Pakistani cooking, try the less glamourous Lahore Kebab House in Streatham where dishes are hot and spicy and you can bring your own alcohol.


  • Oriental Express

    It's worth the wait (no bookings) for the udon noodles at Koya, but if you are in a rush, take-out sushi spot Atari-Ya in Mayfair is one of London's best-kept secrets. They are fish importers, so the sushi is fresh and prices relatively low.



Places Mentioned

Maroush II

Lebanese • Knightsbridge

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost£28

European • Fitzrovia

Food26 Decor19 Service24 Cost£60
Lahore Restaurant & Takeaway

Pakistani • Hendon

Food23 Decor14 Service18 Cost£22
Original Lahore

Pakistani • St. John's Wood

Food23 Decor14 Service18 Cost£22

Fine Dining • Marylebone

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost£28
Lahore Kebab House

Pakistani • Streatham

Food25 Decor11 Service17 Cost£20
Busaba Eathai

Asian • Shepherd's Bush

Food23 Decor20 Service19 Cost£24

Japanese • Soho

Food24 Decor17 Service19 Cost£22
Lahore Kebab House

Pakistani • Whitechapel

Food25 Decor11 Service17 Cost£20

Mexican • Notting Hill

Food24 Decor13 Service17 Cost£28
Busaba Eathai

Thai • Chelsea

Food23 Decor20 Service19 Cost£24
Maroush VI Express

Lebanese • Marylebone

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost£28
Maroush Vere Street


Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost£28
Maroush Gardens

Lebanese • Marylebone

Food23 Decor16 Service19 Cost£28
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