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The Best Cheap Eats in Covent Garden

Covent Garden Market in London is a popular tourist hub | © Anna Stowe / Alamy Stock Photo
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Updated: 17 January 2019
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The West End isn’t the place to come for a bargain, but not all is lost if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly bite in London’s busy tourist hub. Here’s where to find Covent Garden’s best budget restaurants and affordable eats.

Visit Koshari Street for a taste of Egypt

Restaurant, Middle Eastern, Street Food, $$$
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A healthy yet affordable lunchtime option, Koshari Street serves up authentic Egyptian street food with a focus on vegetarian and vegan dishes. Their signature dish is the namesake, koshari: a pot of rice, pasta, lentils and chickpeas topped with onions, tomato sauce and spices.
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mon:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Tue:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Wed:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Fri:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Sat:
11:30 am - 9:30 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual, Fast Casual

Tuck into hearty grub at Battersea Pie Station

Restaurant, British, $$$
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Hearty dishes are on offer at Battersea Pie Station | © bryan... / Flickr
Pie and mash is a traditional British staple that’s guaranteed to fill you up. Battersea Pie Station, in the heart of Covent Garden’s famous market, is one of the best purveyors of pies in the business. You can get old-fashioned pastry, free-range meat and creamy mash, all topped with plenty of gravy for under a tenner.
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Sun:
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon:
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tue:
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wed:
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thu:
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Fri:
11:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat:
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Meal service:

Takeaway, All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Indulge in cheap Indian dishes at The India Club

Hotel Restaurant, Restaurant, Indian, $$$
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The India Club on the Strand is a great place to fill up on tasty and affordable South Indian fare
The India Club on the Strand is a great place to fill up on tasty and affordable South Indian fare | © Jansos / Alamy Stock Photo
A hotel on the Strand isn’t the first place you’d have in mind for a bargain meal, but you’ll find just that at The India Club, a restaurant hidden away in the Strand Continental Hotel. Originally a meeting place for civil servants employed at the nearby High Commission of India, those able to find the restaurant today will be rewarded with cheap, tasty South Indian fare. Mains are on offer for as little as a fiver.
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat:
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Traditional

Choose from sweet and savoury crêpes at Mamie's

Restaurant, French, $$$
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La Magritte at Mamie's features home-cooked apples, salted caramel, vanilla ice cream and roasted almonds | © Yann Caradec / Flickr
This Covent Garden crêperie and cidrothèque (aka cider bar) brings the food of Brittany to Covent Garden, and at a great price. You can get a plain galette for as little as £3.55, or a boozy dessert crêpe piled with bananas, chocolate, Chantilly cream and flambé rum for under £8, with less decadent options costing far less. Forget flimsy pancakes – these babies are big.
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Sun:
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Mon:
10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wed:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thu:
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat:
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed

Find the best Italian produce at Rosetta

Cafe, Deli, Italian
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This deli-café close to The National Gallery specialises in high-quality Italian agricultural produce, including from their own farms in Cremona. Hot food such as pasta and polenta is on offer, but it’s the paninis, made with their namesake Rosetta rolls, cured meats and cheeses, that are the real draw.
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Mon:
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Tue:
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Wed:
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Thu:
8:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri:
8:30 am - 7:30 pm
Sat:
10:30 am - 7:30 pm

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Casual

Watch your noodles being made at Lanzhou Noodle Bar

Restaurant, Chinese, $$$
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Finding cheap noodles isn’t difficult when you’re this close to Chinatown, and Lanzhou Noodle Bar serves up the best of the bunch. You can watch hand-pulled noodles being made from scratch, before being cooked to order and added to a soup or stir-fried. The noodle bar is open late, too, should you get noodle cravings in the middle of the night.
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Sun:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Tue:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Tue - Wed:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Wed - Thu:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Thu - Fri:
10:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat:
10:00 am - 5:00 am
Sat - Sun:
10:00 am - 5:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual

Enjoy mouthwatering steak at Flat Iron Covent Garden

Restaurant, British, Steakhouse, $$$
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Flat Iron’s £10 signature dish is a real bargain
Flat Iron’s £10 signature dish is a real bargain | © Wei-Te Wong / Flickr
The cost will start to add up once you add in sides, sauces and drinks, but there’s no denying that Flat Iron’s £10 signature dish – a perfectly cooked steak and dressed salad – is a bargain.
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Sun:
11:45 am - 11:30 pm
Mon:
11:45 am - 12:00 am
Tue:
11:45 am - 12:00 am
Wed:
11:45 am - 12:00 am
Thu:
11:45 am - 12:00 am
Fri:
11:45 am - 12:00 am
Sat:
11:45 am - 12:00 am

Meal service:

All Day

Atmosphere:

Relaxed
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