Eating Cheap in London: 3 Great Meals for Less Than £20

London is home to some of the best and the most expensive restaurants in Europe. There’s the Sketch, Le Gavroche, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, and Alain Ducasse to name a few. The taster menus can cost up to 200 pounds per head, leaving your broke if you’re travelling on a budget.

Luckily though Britain’s capital is also home to cheap restaurants that can offer you a great meal for under 20 pounds. With “meal”, we mean a starter and a main dish, or a decent number of plates along with some booze. So, the next time you visit London, make sure to check these places out.

Bonnington Cafe in Vauxhall

Boddingotn Cafe

A some minutes walk away from the Vauxhall station is the Bonnington Cafe located in the picturesque Bonnington Square. Twenty different cooks take turns in heading up the kitchen and preparing their own menus. The downside though is that with so many cooks, things tend to be a hit and miss. If you’re to have your lunch or dinner reserved with a good chief, however, you’ll get to enjoy a good main complete with starters and desserts for only 8 pounds.

Brasserie Zedel, in Soho


Just a stone throw away from the Piccadilly Circus is the Brasserie, which offers a prixe fixe menu throughout the day. You can enjoy two meal courses for 9.75 pounds or three courses for 12.75 pounds with quick and efficient service in a historic beaux arts/art deco Interior. They serve some of the city’s finest traditional French food.

Brasserie Zedel

Hill & Szrok in Hackney

Butcher’s shop by day, 25-seat restaurant by night, this place at the Broadway Market is the place to go for meat lovers. They specializes in a free range menu and organic meat from small farms across England. There menu is chalked up on a black board outside the shop and changes daily. Stories have it that the idea for creating such a restaurant came to one of the company’s founders when he was cycling past a butcher’s shop and thought that it would be cool to turn it some place where people could also eat.


Photos by: bob walker and Ewan Munro

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