London Best... Cheap Eats

London is one of the most multi-cultural places on earth and eating well is a great way to get to know it. Here are some of our favourite places.

Finest Italian Pizza

Carnaby Street may be just another commercial shopping street, but tucked away on Kingly Street behind the brand names is Pizza Pilgrims, dishing out some of the greatest pizzas in London (Franco Manca are also contenders for this crown). Aside from the pizzas, we also love the arancini risotto balls and deep-friend artichoke hearts. If you go for lunch on the weekend, we recommend you grab a beer at the Ain’t Nothin But blues bar after you’ve eaten (also on Kingly Street) – this place gets crowded in the evenings but during the afternoon you can just walk in off the street and listen to some excellent live blues music. Pizza and the blues, what more do you want?

11 Kingly St, W1B 5PW


An oasis of calm amid the Camden rough and tumble, Yumchaa has comfy sofas, free WiFi and about a zillion different kinds of tea. Stay all day, read, write, do no thing. We love this place.

35-37 Parkway, NW1 8AF


This vast, multi-floored restaurant in China Town is a London institution. The service is brash and you may find yourself sitting next to a bunch of strangers, but the food at Wong Kei is tasty, cheap and always fresh. Gerrard Street opposite is the main China Town thoroughfare.

41-43 Wardour St, W1D 6PY


Situated in the trendy heart of Shoreditch (home of the London hipster scene), Song Que is among the best Vietnamese restaurants in London. It boasts a vast menu but is most famous for its pho (huge, hearty bowls of noodle soup).

134 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DY


Rock and Soul Plaice is the lord of the London chippies, serving up top quality battered cod and great, man-sized portions of chips. 

45-47 Endell St, WC2H 9AJ


Borough Market is spread beneath the railway arches close to London Bridge. Snack till you’re full on organic treats and delicacies then take a stroll along the River Thames to walk it off – there’s no better way to spend a morning. Open: Thursday, Friday and Saturday (the main market day)

8 Southwark St, SE1 1TL


Open till 3am, Ranoush Juice is the place for authentic grab-and-go Lebanese cuisine. Mouth-watering lamb or chicken kebabs, mezé and freshly squeezed juice cocktails. Perfect! Edgware Road is also the epicentre of London’s Middle Eastern community and a great place to find a shisha pipe.

43 Edgware Rd, W2 2JE


Top-notch Italian food, a warm atmosphere, jazz piano and superb value for money make Ciao Bella a local favourite. Good choice for a romantic dinner.

90 Lamb's Conduit St, WC1N 3LZ


A little out of the way but the Lahore Kebab House is just too good to miss and if you can be bothered to find it you’re in for a treat. This is hands down the best curry house in London and super cheap. Buy big bottles of Cobra beer at the shop opposite (it’s bring your own). We recommend the bhindi gosht, paneer tikka and seekh kebab.

2-10 Umberston St, E1 1PY