15 Cheap Restaurants In London You Must Try!

New Year can be a great time to explore the city of London. Jingle bells, chilling weather and the grilled fragrance of food and coffee are something that define the cityscape of London at this time. No festivity can be complete without having great food. And if that comes at budget prices, nothing can be better than that. Some of the top restaurants in London might be costly to dine in. so we will offer you a list of budget restaurants in London that certainly offer lipsmacking food at fairly low prices. These are some of the cheap restaurants that offer best food in London:

1. Counter Cafe

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While craving for a sumptuous brunches, salads and pies, head to Counter Café in London! What adds to a good meal is good music that lights up your spirits for the New Year. Moreover, you can enjoy the view of trees and the Olympic stadium while sitting and having your lunch or breakfast.

Address: 7 Roach Rd, London E3 2PA, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £25

Best Priced Meal: homemade pie with side salad £6

Best Known for: French Toast

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2. Regency Café

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Serving some of the finest food in London at affordable costs, Regency Café beams with pride in serving British cuisine. Opened in 1964 at Regency street, this is art deco style café that must be visited while you make a visit to London during New Year.

Address: 17-19 Regency St, London SW1P 4BY, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £16

Best priced meal:  lasagne al forno (£5.10)

Best Known for: Steak pie, chips and gravy

3. Clutch

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For a full range of chicken options, Clutch is the best cheap eats in London. The menu offers a healthier version of junk food, chicken is free range and comes from a farm in Withshire and cooking is done with groundnut oil.

Address: 4 Ravenscroft St, London E2 7QG, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £38

Best Priced Meal: main courses here start at £10

Best Known for: fried chicken, free range fowl

4. Zeytoon

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For people who want to try out some Afghan/Persian food in London can head towards Zeytoon. This restaurant is well known for its Persian kebabs of lamb or chicken, or with Afghan specialities such as kalleh pacheh (lamb’s head and feet in broth), mantu (meat- and onion-stuffed dumplings with spicy sauce) and quroot (a sour cottage cheese made from sheep or goat’s milk). What adds to the attraction of this place is the Murals depicting Persian myths and ornate chandeliers inside the restaurant.

Address: 94-96 Cricklewood Broadway, London NW2 3EL, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £35

Best Priced Meal: chelow kebab with grilled tomatoes and rice (£6.95)

Best Known for: kebabs of all kinds

5. Koshari Street

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London is one city in the world that serves you the best of exotic range of food apart from its national cuisine. People staying in London would be aware of Koshari Street that serves mind blowing Egyptian street snack of lentils, pasta and rice topped with tomato sauce, fried onions and doqqa. All this at such low costs!

Address: 56 St Martin's Ln, London WC2N 4EA, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £17

Best Priced Meal: large pot of koshari (£6.50)

Best Known for: fried onions and doqqa (dukkah: an Egyptian spice blend)

6. La Polenteria

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Warm, little and cozy- this Italian restaurant specialises in savoury and sweet dishes based on polenta the cornmeal grain that is a staple of Italian cuisine. You can also add delightful toppings such as Tuscan sausages with borlotti beans. Must try here are Cornmeal-based desserts such as chocolate and coconut squares or cornmeal and almond cookies.

Address: 64 Old Compton St, London W1D 4UQ, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £38

Best Priced Meal: Sicilian caponata (£7)

Best Known for: burrata with cherry tomato sauce and basil

7. Gold Mine

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One of the best places to eat Chinese in London, this restaurant serves tasty Cantonese roast meats. Its regular visitors include students, locals and even visitors from Hong Kong.

Address: 102 Queensway, London W2 3RR, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £38

Best Priced Meal: Sicilian caponata (£7)

Best Known for: roasted duck rice (£6.80)

8. Delhi Grill

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Time for some Punjabi food in London! Located in Chapel Market, this restaurant exhibits Bollywood theme and offers delectable Punjabi cuisine in all its forms. Freshen up yourself with coriander and coconut milk, or hearty slow-cooked rogan josh.

Address: 21 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £28

Best Priced Meal: the lunchtime deal of chicken karahi with tarka dal and rice (£6 regular, £7 large)

Best Known for: Samosa chat, Punjabi food

9. Beyrooths

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Beirut comes to London with full vigor and taste! Have your sumptuous Beirut’s cuisine amidst rough-hewn woods and huge metal scaffolding poles.  Vegetarian stews, such as okra served with vermicelli rice and garlic yoghurt, are worth a try here.

Address: 20-21 The High Parade, Streatham High Road, London SW16 1EX, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £35

Best Priced Meal:  main courses start at £10.50

Best Known for: grilled lamb and hummus

10. Jerk City

Jerk city serves authentic menu of Caribbean cuisine such as chicken (jerk, barbecue, brown stew or curry), curried mutton, oxtail, peppered steak, ackee and saltfish and stewed fish along with delicious rotis and good-quality sides such as rice and peas. A favourite with office goers and students!

Address: 189 Wardour St, London W1F 8ZD, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £30

Best Priced Meal: main courses start at £7.50 for vegetable roti

Best Known for: stewed fish

11. 19 Numara Bos Cirrik I

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Visit this restaurant for Turkish grilling and popular Turkish ocakbasi. This restaurant is known to serve smoky grilled kebabs such as the adana (minced lamb), vegetarian meze dishes (from stewed green beans to Russian salad). Quite a popular options for those who are trying to search for nice restaurants in London.

Address: 194 Stoke Newington High St, London N16 7JD, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £38

Best Priced Meal: mixed meze (£12.50 for two people)

Best Known for: lahmacun ‘Turkish pizza’ (£2)

12. Ngon

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Meaning ‘delicious’ in Vietnamese, Ngon lives up to its name. This friendly daytime venue has two dining sections: a front area with functional low tables and rattan stools, and a hidden, regular tabled seating space at the back. Vietnamese staples such as banh mi, noodle soups and rice dishes account for most of the low-cost menu.

Address: 195 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 2DR, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £25

Best Priced Meal: bun bo hue (spicy beef noodle soup with pork sausage, £6.95).

Best Known for: shredded duck banh mi

13. Big Apple Hot Dogs

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Enjoy New York style hot burgers in London! The hot dogs here are prepared from free-range pork, beef, or a combination of pork and beef, and served on buns from Anderson’s bakery of Hoxton. There’s a range of sizes, and toppings (free of charge) including fried onions, Polish sauerkraut, and pickled cucumber.

Address: 170 Caledonian Rd, London N1 0SQ, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: from £4 per head

Best Priced Meal: The Big Pole (£7)

Best Known for: The Frank Jr

14. Mosob

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Eritrean culture comes alive at Mosob. Its menu includes beautifully spiced lentils (timtimo), pounded and stewed chickpeas (shiro) and spinach (hamli). Meat eaters also fare well, thanks to the Mosob special (marinated lamb chops with spinach and lentils) and the muscular combination of hamli mis siga (tender stewed beef with spinach and garlic).

Address: 339 Harrow Rd, London W9 3RB, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £38

Best Priced Meal: main courses start at £8.95

Best Known for: chickpeas and hamli

15. Verden

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The place is lovely to look at, and the food at lunch and brunch (within cheap eats territory) is fab: cheese and charcuterie, enticing desserts, great breads. Finish with hedonistic puddings or lovely cheeses, and note: all wines are sold by the glass. The service is wonderful too.

Address: 195 Chiswick High Rd, London W4 2DR, United Kingdom

Cost of Meal for Two: around £35

Best Priced Meal: meat board for two (£13)

Best Known for: smoked salmon royale (£8) and the Verden club sandwich (£9): roast chicken, melted lardo, crisp pancetta, lettuce.

So which of these restaurants would you like to try?

Thought London was expensive? Your meals are sorted! We just have gave you another reason for planning a trip to London

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A lover of literature, Neha wants to understand world through the prism of books. Nuances of words, spoken or written, entice her to delve into the human psyche. A voracious reader of Partition and feminist literature, she desires to deconstruct and unlearn the congealed forms of knowledge system.

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