Calling all the London tourists that don’t want to overspend!!
If you are thinking of visiting London, you probably already heard of how expensive London is, and that’s true!
Besides the free museums, pretty much everything in London is quite expensive, including the restaurants. So if you are not careful, it is very easy to overspend.
When you are a tourist and you spend many hours walking and sightseeing, by the time it’s lunch or dinner time you are probably starving. The quick and obvious way to eat something without spending too much money is heading to McDonald’s, BurgerKing, KFC or other fast food chains. There is nothing wrong with eating at these places, but after 3 meals you are probably ready to move on to something else…
The good news for you is that I’ve put a list together of 5 places you can eat in London and not spend more then £10 per person. All of these places have super tasty food and the portions are very generous 🙂
Vapiano is an Italian restaurant. It is definitely not a fast food restaurant, although it has some of the characteristics of fast food restaurants. For example, you are given a card when you enter and you have to use it to order your food at the till. The food is made in front of you and you have to wait for it to be ready to then take it on a tray to your table.
But I promise you the food tastes nothing like fast food! I actually have friends that have visited from Portugal, that can’t stop thinking about Vapiano’s food and can’t wait to go back.
In Vapiano you can find all sorts of Italian food: Pasta, risotto, pizzas, salads, etc…And it is all super tasty, big portions and very affordable.
The mains are usually between £7 to £9 (and believe me you will not be hungry if you only eat a main), and the bread is free. To drink you can have the regular soft drinks, but you can also serve yourself with tap water as many times as you want, so you don’t even have to spend any extra money if you are happy with just having water.
In London you can find Vapiano is 3 different locations:
. Bankside Southwark Street
. Great Portland Road
. Soho Wardour Street
Check out the website here: Vapiano UK
2. Wetherspoon – Pubs
Weatherspoon is a national chain across the whole of UK & Ireland with award-winning pubs and hotels. Each pub has a different name so you will have to be on the lookout for them.
The pubs from this chain are well decorated, incredibly huge, the food is super tasty and there is a lot to choose from. They are also super affordable when compared to other pubs.
You can choose from set menus that already include sides and drinks, and most of them are around £9. The menu also contains dietary information, which can be very useful.
You can choose from many different types of burgers, the classic fish and chips, but also other typical British foods and more.
To find a pub near you click here: Weatherspoon – Pubs
In Nando’s you can find the typical Portuguese grilled chicken and many variations of it. Similar to Vapiano, you also need to order at the till the difference is that they will bring the food to your table.
You can order a quarter of a chicken, half a chicken or a whole chicken, and if you order well, you can easily spend less than £10. You also have a good list of sides, starters and desserts to choose from, but be careful because that is when the bill gets heavier. You can also just order some tap water to save some £.
I can assure you the food is super tasty and the portions generous. You are also served very quickly, which is great when you can’t wait to continue exploring the city.
You can find Nando’s pretty much everywhere, but check out the website: Nando’s UK
4. Whole Foods Market
Whole Foods Market is actually a store, kind of like a supermarket but of healthier food. The thing is that they also have ready-made meals that you can buy and pay depending on weight. They sell proper main dishes, but also salads, pizza, cakes, sandwiched, juices, etc.. They also have sitting areas where you can sit and enjoy the meal you just bought from them.
The Whole Foods Market is a great place to go for variety and for healthier choices. The price obviously depends on what you pick but it is definitely possible to have a meal for less then £10.
You can also find them pretty much everywhere, but here is the website: Whole Foods Market UK
5. Street Markets
London is known by its markets. You can find all different kinds of street markets literally everywhere. Some only open on weekends, others only once a month, and others are open every day! You almost don’t have to look to stumble on one of them.
Street markets are a great place to eat without overspending. There is always a good variety of different cuisines that you can try, and most of them even let you try a little bit in case you are not sure if you like it.
Also, most street markets (but not all) have a sitting area as well, so you don’t have to eat standing up or whilst walking.
These are great places to try new types of food, from different places of the world, and with good portions and prices.
Visit this website to discover the Top 12 Markets in London.
I hope you enjoyed this article and that you will try all of these amazing places to eat when you next visit London!
Do you know any other affordable places to eat in London? Please share in the comments 🙂