These are the best places to eat in London on a budget.
LeyLey’s current 6 month pop-up (until August 2018) in Holloway offers a lot of bang for your buck. The Signature Cheese burger simply topped with tomato, onion and ‘secret sauce’ is only £7, while the most expensive on the menu is the Blue Cheese burger with bacon, which comes it at only £8.50. Aside from those juicy burgers we loved the chicken nuggets (£6) dunked in spicy mayo, the seasoned sweet potato fries (£2) and the range of fresh hot doughnuts for dessert. Choose from sugar, cinnamon, or their famous chicken skin sugar for the ultimate finish – only £4 for 4. www.leyleys.com
Unit 7, Highbury Studios 6 Hornsey St N7 8GR -
Cay Tre is a Shoreditch institution, having been doing its thing since 2001. It’s one of the top authentic and traditional Vietnamese restaurants in east London and it’s a cheap eat that rocks. We love the charm of the place, which is a polite way to say it’s a little rough around the edges, but that doesn’t seem to affect its popularity at all. With ample sized portions at Cay Tre you can’t go wrong. It’s no fuss and no hipster Shoreditch-ness, just a good old Vietnamese restaurant. Get it booked in.
301 Old St, London EC1V 9LA, UK -
If you want hand rolled pasta for under a tenner, head to Padella. The casual spot serves up a regularly changing menu of pasta dishes - think Parpadelle with Black Hampshire sausage and fennel ragu and Ravioli of squash & Neal's Yard ricotta with sage butter, and with homemade desserts costing just £4 you could bag both for little more than £10. BARGAIN.
6 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TQ, United Kingdom -
Tucked away in a basement near Euston, Roti King serves up authentic Malaysian grub that's cheaper than chips. You can get 2 pieces of roti with dhaal for £4 and if you've got a bit of a sweet tooth they do a roti filled with caramelised banana for just £3. Or if roti ain't you're thing they do noodle and rice dishes for under £7 - one to remember next time you're catching a train!
40 Doric Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 1LH -
Euston King's Cross
Max's Sandwich Shop might not serve up the cheapest sandwiches in London, but for the comedy value and the fact you probably won't be able to move after noshing down it's so worth the £7. The menu changes pretty regularly but you can't go wrong with the classic ham, egg 'n' chips sarnie!
19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP, United Kingdom -
Crouch Hill Finsbury Park
It's no secret that some of the best food you can get in Stokey and Dalston is Turkish, and we LOVE Turkish food. There are so many places to choose from but our fail-safe is Cirrik 19 Numara Bos and in our opinion, it's the best, oh yes most people have their own faves, but Cirrick is (and has been for 8 years!) ours. The menu mostly focuses on kebabs made from barbecued meats cooked on the charcoal ocakbasi served with an abundance of sides including salad, spicy onions, THOSE balsamic grilled onions, THAT fresh bread (which is unlimited), chilli sauce and garlic mayo. Their speciality is lamb chops, though you can't really go wrong with their chicken Shish (or anything else for that matter). The place is no frills and concentrates on offering great food and decent service. Go hungry.
34 Stoke Newington Rd, London N16 7XJ, UK -
Dalston Kingsland Dalston Junction
We'll take a slice of Pizza Pilgrims N'Djua pizza any day and at £9.25 a pop, you can't really go wrong. AND if that wasn't tempting enough their Shoreditch site offers BYOB, which means you don't even have to fork out for booze. It's basically heaven.
136 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE, United Kingdom -
Shoreditch High St
Getting a decent burger & fries in London has got pretty pricey these days, but you can get a cheeseburger and fries for just £9 at Bleecker. AND take it from us, they serve up some of the best buns in London, oh and if you're willing to spend an extra quid go for the sweet potato fries - they're bloody YUM!
205 Victoria Street, London SW1E 5NE, United Kingdom -
Silk Road is a big hit with locals and we can see why. The Chinese restaurant knocks out bangin' food at bargain prices - you can get 10 dumplings for £4, and a main and side (including those hand-pulled noodles) for less than a tenner. It's seriously cheap and seriously good, and SO worth the trip to Camberwell.
49 Camberwell Church Street, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR, United Kingdom -
Cheap and healthy? Rola Wala ticks all those boxes. Yes, every single dish is under 500 calories and that includes the sourdough naan roll stuffed with Nagaland Lamb and the grain bowl topped with a vegan red dal. Where better to grab lunch?!
36 Brushfield St, London E1 6AT, United Kingdom -
Liverpool Street Shoreditch High St
It won OFM's 2017 Cheap Eats award and is our fave local pizzeria, so it's only right that Yard Sale makes it in our fave cheap eats. We're a little bit obsessed with their Holy Pepperoni - it is holy after all, and when we're pretending to be healthy it's the TSB with tenderstem broccoli. It's about a tenner for a 12inch, but if you really want to push the boat out they do HUGE 18inchers too, whatever you choose you definitely won't go hungry here!
15 Hoe Street, London E17 4SD, United Kingdom -
The Black Hamburg in Finsbury Park, run by two off-duty chefs, serves just two hot sandwiches daily. They usually clock in at under £7 and change frequently. On our visit, we had a packed smokey beef shin bun with house-made kimchi, chilli and Ogleshield cheese. It's open until midnight on Saturdays too. Looks like that doner has serious competition.
20 Stroud Green Rd, London N4 3EA, UK -
Finsbury Park Finsbury Park
Pie & Mash is a London staple at Goddards at Greenwich is the place to go and not just because David Beckham is a regular. They've been knocking out the pies since 1890 and serve up a handmade pie and mash for just £4.20 - two of you could eat here for under a tenner.
22 King William Walk, London SE10 9HU, United Kingdom -
Dom's Place is a LOTI fave (you do not even want to see how many deliveries we've had from here...).Serving up Turkish grub you can either go for a wrap or plate with rice/ chips and you definitely won't go hungry. Our faves include the Chicken Wrap with Sumakli salad (red onion, parsley, sumak and pomegranate vinegar) and the Lamb Kofte plate with rice - we're drooling just thinking about it!
199 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 8EG, United Kingdom -
Clapton Hackney Downs
Butchies serve some of the best fried chicken in town from their Broadway Market stall on Saturday mornings and now from this, their first permanent site, in Shoreditch. The two-floor space is perfect for a quick bite and a beer (or negroni on tap!) and their incredible fried chicken sandwiches start at £6 for the original and creep to just below a tenner for the epic 'Jenny From the Block', which comes with guac and smoked bacon. There's also cheesy fries, nuggets, hallomui fries and wings for a true feast AKA wipe out central.
22 Rivington St, London EC2A 3DY, United Kingdom -
Old Street Old Street Shoreditch High Street
Krapow does cheap and cheerful Thai street food from their Victoria Park market stall and their new pop-up on Chatsworth Road. From their pop-up menu we're big fans of the Sai Oua', a smoked Chang Mai-style sausage; the turkey larb salad; and the 'Son In Law' eggs, deep fried and served with a sweet tamarind dip. There's also the signature 'Krapow Moo', a warming bowl of spicy pork mince, rice and a little fried quail's egg, plus curried noodles which you can have with either chicken or tofu. Take our tip and get the tofu as it soaks up all the curry sauce!
62 Chatsworth Rd, London E5 0LS, UK -
House of MoMo isn't just great because they serve up some bloody good momo, oh no you can also get a bowl of dumplings and beer for less than a tenner. Whether you choose them steamed, pan fried, coated in a sesame creamy curry sauce or a spicy chilli sauce, you won't be disappointed.
52 Boleyn Rd, London N16 8JP, United Kingdom -
Dalston Kingsland Dalston Junction
If you want your pasta fast-a and can't wait in the queue for Padella, say hello to Flour & Grape, located not too far away on Bermondsey Street. Yhere’s only eight pasta dishes on offer and a handful of starters and desserts, with everything coming in at a tenner or under. The tortelloni packed with roast pork shoulder and sage butter kicks ass and there’s also a decent pappardelle with beef shin and a cacio e pepe bucatini – oh and they take bookings too...
214 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ, United Kingdom -
It may not be as dirt cheap as your average high street chicken shop but then Chick 'n' Sours is on a whole new level...not only do you get free range birds, you get crazy sides and sauces you'd never find in Chicken Cottage. You can still eat here on a budget though; the house fry drumstick and thigh with THAT seaweed crack and pickled watermelon or a big plate of disco wings will get you change from a tenner, or you could hand over the whole note for The General...a beast of a bun with fried thigh, buttermilk & herb mayo, cheese and pickles.
1a Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LL, United Kingdom -
Via Emilia specialises in food from the Emilia Romagna region of north Italy (the clue's in the name). That includes some of the lightest gnocco fritto in town, creamy squacquerone cheese and a delish selection of charcuterie. Then there's the hand made egg pasta dishes, which are priced from just £5.50 and the red sparkling lambrusco at £5 a glass. The cheapest trip to Italy you'll go on.
37A Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN, UK -
Old Street Old Street
Fanny's is a new addition to the East London kebab scene serving up healthy kebabs, rice and salad boxes in Stoke Newington. The menu is small with the choice of chicken, lamb, aubergine or falafel, a few sides of fries and snacks. It's more hipster than your usual kebab shop with craft beers, wines and in-keeping with the theme, some healthy soft drinks too. A good choice for a kebab minus the cals.
92 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7NY, UK -