Eating in London on a budget is no easy task but I fully believe that it can be done if you know the right places to go. When I lived there, I didn't eat out a lot because I was constantly at my university - but when I did eat out, it was at places that were affordable yet amazing.
I know that a lot of people visit London each year and often fall into the tourist traps because they just aren't sure where to go for cheap places to eat. So, while I'm not a food blogger and don't have many pictures of the food places I've been to - I can recommend 5 places for all of you budget friendly travelers that I have personally tried and love.
If you haven't heard the many jokes of 'cheeky Nando's' and how great Nando's is - then you are in for a real treat. Nando's was one of the first places that I visited while I was in London and I became such a huge fan.
It's mostly a chicken restaurant and you can either dine in or do takeaway. The first time I went, I ordered the chicken wrap with two sides: corn on the cob and chips (fries). It was AMAZING. It was so filling and the best quality food, honestly. If you find yourself in London, there are plenty of Nando's to choose from so do yourself a favor and try it out!
Wagamama is another place that quickly grew to be one of my favorites. It's also nice because you can dine in or do takeaway as well. You will learn, in London, that takeaway isn't offered at every place and so when you find that it is - it's amazing!
Anyways...Wagamama is a mix of food ranging from Ramen dishes to fresh salads & soups. It's all cooked fresh to order and again - amazing, amazing quality. The first time I went I ordered Yaki Soba and it was unreal. My flatmate ordered one of the Ramen dishes and loved it as well.
The interior of Wagamama is great and such a welcoming environment. They do 'communal' tables so you will be sitting near people as you eat. Check it out if you're in the area.
Mexican restaurants in London are rare. You will mostly find sushi, Indian restaurants and pubs more so than Mexican restaurants. Something we love, in the states, is Mexican food. So, naturally, when I found Wahaca I was super stoked.
Wahaca has several locations in London but I prefer the one on Southbank. I like this location because it also has a food truck outside of the restaurant that offers burritos, chips & salsa and drinks. Honestly, I ate at the food truck more than the restaurant because it was so much better but it's your choice! Sometimes the wait is a little long if you decide to go the restaurant route but there is a bar in the back that you can sit at and they bring you chips & salsa to hold you over until you eat. You just can't beat their food and everything is made fresh to order so it's quality!
I can't write this post properly unless I mention the Gourmet Burger Kitchen. My friend from University and I heard of GBK from another friend and decided we had to try it. I cannot recommend this place enough. It has every type of burger you could possibly want to try, amazing fries & onion rings and the BEST milkshakes!
We went there as a group to celebrate a project we completed and my friend and I went quite often as a sort of girls day. GBK had to be included. There are several GBK's throughout London and I would highly recommend you stop in and try it out. Also, take my advice on this one, try the baconaise sauce with your fries- you WON'T regret it! (You can also download their app for an easier purchase and freebies!)
Borough Market is possibly one of my favorite places to eat in London. The variety of booths makes it one of the best places to go for the indecisive. I often have the issue of not being able to make a decision but being able to visually walk around and see what people are eating or what smells spectacular makes it an easy choice for me. Everyone that's visited me in London, I've taken to this market. It's in a prime location right along Southbank and there are just so many options - you'll love it! It's also great for the budget friendly traveler because whatever you decide to eat is more than likely going to be within your price range. I'd say on average, when I go, I spend less than £10! That's pretty good for London, I'd say.
Well, there you have it. These are my top five budget friendly eateries in London. I'd also like to throw in that most of the pubs have great food and are budget friendly as well. But, I tried so many different ones that I didn't want to dedicate an entire section to all the pubs.
I hope that you will find this post useful as you begin to research your travels to London. I know that it's a little overwhelming to figure out where to eat and also make sure it fits within your budget but I think these will do the trick!