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Top Budget Lunches To Try In London

Top Budget Lunches To Try In London

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Updated: 9 December 2016
It’s no secret that London can be expensive. However with this list of budget lunches, we can help you your conserve the pounds when you are in the capital.
The Battersea Pie Shop, Covent Garden | ©
The Battersea Pie Shop, Covent Garden | ©

Battersea Pie Station, Covent Garden

When your wallet is as hollow as your stomach, this is the spot with traditional English food guaranteed. Serving up ‘the best pies in London,’ Battersea Pie Station offers silky mashed potatoes with gravy alongside freshly prepared minced meat pies. To boost its appeal, the speedy preparation and service, ensure maximum satisfaction every time.

Battersea Pie Station 28 The Market, Lower Ground Floor, Covent Garden, Royal Opera House, London WC2E 8RA, 020 7240 9566

Street Kitchen, Locations Various

The multiple Street Kitchen food carts around town offer the best of the best when it comes to ‘slow food fast.’ In locations such as Broadgate and Battersea, Street Kitchen creates five star ‘fast food’; rich, flavourful and surprisingly healthy dishes. Eachthing is made fresh and perfect to order.

Street Kitchen 33 Parkgate Rd, London SW11 4NP

Koshari Street Restaurant | © 4 Sure/Flickr
Koshari Street Restaurant | © 4 Sure/Flickr

Koshari Street, Leicester Square

In the mood for something different? Koshari Street offers a perfect alternative. Koshari Street serves up traditional and authentic Egyptian snack food. This hole in the wall creates dishes that are full of flavour, character and goodness, filling the void in your stomach without breaking the bank.

Koshari Street 56 St Martin’s Ln, London WC2N 4EA, 020 7836 1056

Princi, London | © M Hooper/Flikr
Princi, London | © M Hooper/Flikr

Princi, Oxford Circus

Authentic and fresh Italian food at Princi includes wood-fired pizzas. With comfortable and open-plan surroundings the restaurant draws customers with its friendly environment. A great place to be for all Italian food lovers.

Princi, 135 Wardour St, London W1F 0UT, 020 7478 8888

Cafe Helen, London | ©Devina Divecha/Flickr
Cafe Helen, London | ©Devina Divecha/Flickr

Café Helen, Edgware Road

Café Helen is the go-to for a perfect Middle Eastern ‘schwarma’, thin strips of meat rolled into a flatbread. Open from 4pm to 5am, this is the one-stop-shop for one of the best bites to eat in town. The schwarmas are prepared hot and fresh in five minutes and devoured in three. Like a rare and precious stone, Café Helen may not seem impressive from the outside, but in reality is heaven on the inside.

Cafe Helen, 105A Edgware Rd, London W2 2HX


Busaba Eathai

With several London locations, including Soho, Covent Garden and Leicester Square, Thai restaurant Busaba Eathai offers its diners a variety of delicious Thai-style dishes that won’t break the bank. Choose from a wide range of noodle and rice-based dishes, stir-fries and curries, including, Thai classics such as green chicken curry, tom yam goong and pad thai. If you’re a fan of Thai food and want good value for money, a visit to Busaba Eathai is a must.

Busaba Eathai, 44 Floral Street, London, WC2E 9DA, UK + 020 7759 0088

Busaba Eathai, 35 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4EA, UK + 020 7930 0088

Busaba Eathai, 106-110 Wardour Street, London, W1F OTR, UK + 020 7255 8686