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August 6, 2012

London Cheap Eats Guide- Part 2


Cheap Eat Guides: Discover cheap eats from across the world, every Monday on the BudgetTraveller


You can never have enough of discovering awesome cheap eats in London.

I thought as follow-up to Steve Lowy’s awesome post on his favourite cheap eats in London, I’d invite local foodie Julia Rampen to share some of her favourite London budget eats.

So here’s her top 5:- feel free to comment and share your own tips below.


1. ) Ravi Shankar


Ravi Shankar, Drummond Street


Type: Indian vegetarian


Travellers who find themselves at Euston Station can eat away the time before their train at the nearby Ravi Shankar’s.

This bhel puri house offers South Indian treats as well as the usual rice and curry at very reasonable prices. For best value, BYOB and turn up on a Sunday for the all-you-can-eat buffet.


2) Loong Kee Restaurant, Kingsland Road


Type: Vietnamese


Legend: refugee “boat people” and their descendants founded the Vietnamese restaurants that dot Kingsland Road. Fact: Loong Kee and its sister BYOB eateries offer authentic dishes for under a tenner. The perfect hearty stop-off before a night in hipsterville.


3) Indian Veg, Chapel Market


cheap indian eats london

Indian Veg


Type: Indian vegetarian


Known colloquially as “that militant vegetarian restaurant”, Indian Veg offers diners cheap stomach-filling curry and unintentional humour in equal measure.

Meat-eaters may eventually tire of being informed that they are more likely to be sterile/cancerous/the cause of all war and suffering but at £4.95 for an all-you-can-eat buffet, can they really complain?


4) E.Mono, Kentish Town Road

Type: Turkish


Food critic Giles Coren claimed that he had eaten his “best kebab in years” at this unpretentious Kentish Town shop. Almost as much of a draw are the fresh salads and floury wraps. Olive obsessives should also check out nearby Phoenicia, a Middle Eastern supermarket with every variety under the smoggy London sun.


5) Amico Bio, Cloth Fair

Type: Italian


London is crammed with Italian restaurants, but tucked away down a City backstreet, Amico Bio feels like one of a kind. The menu changes regularly, making it a good place to return to, but it is always possible to get a meal for under £10. Go for the home-made pasta and an atmosphere a little more sophisticated than your average budget meal.



July 23, 2012

Cheap Eats, London: 5 top tips


To kick off the cheap eats section on BudgetTraveller, I am proud to have guest editing this week- London native , successful hotelier and founder of the popular budget hotel chain, umi Hotels- Steve Lowy.


Here are Steve’s top 5 tips for cheap eats in London, complete with a reference to the nearest located tube station.


Eat St, Kings Cross. London


1)       Eat Street near Kings Cross Station.


There’s been a recent surge in street food popping up all around London.

So much so that when developing the new Kings Cross and St Pancras stations it was felt that a street should be created just for this purpose.

From burgers to burritos, ribs to mussels, there’s a different type of food for every taste.

Check out the website in advance to see which stands will be there during your visit.

Don’t forget to bring a bib as it can get messy !


Nearest tube station: King’s Cross St Pancras tube station


Japan Centre, London


2) Japan Centre, London


If you like Japanese why not try out the Japan Centre bang in the centre of London. The food is all takeaway but it’s great value and you can pick up anything from sushi and gyoza to delicious ramen soup with Pork. Great if you need to grab something quickly when shopping on Regents Street.


Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus Tube Station


Awesome cheap eats to be found in Borough Market: Like this roll with chorizo, roquito peppers and rocket at Brindisa (£3.75) Perfection


3) Borough Market- Cheap eats heaven


If you like food markets, then you have to head south of the river to Borough Market.

Now quite a trendy destination and situated close to London Bridge station, there are plenty of little restaurants and cafes scattered in and around the market itself.

For the real bargains, head in and grab some food from one of the many traders.

Like Brindisa Chorizo Grill- grab a chorizo and pepper roll for just £3.75

Great on a sunny day when you can pick out some lovely bread and meats or cheese before heading down to enjoy your food by the Thames and watch the world go by.



Nearest tube station: London Bridge


Magic Wok, Queensway, London


4)     Queensway- Magic Wok


Queensway is a little street just next to Hyde Park and a few minutes’ walk from Notting Hill. There you’ll find a mini Chinatown. One of my favourites on Queensway is the Magic Wok, famous for their BBQ Chinese meats. You will be served quickly and it won’t break the bank, with a plate of Char Sui BBQ Roast Pork or Roast Duck with steamed rice for £6… (remember to grab some chilli oil too) .

Very yummy.

100 Queensway, London, W2.

Nearest tube station: Bayswater ( 2 minute walk) or Queensway ( 5 minute walk)


Best budget Mexican meal in town: La Taqueria


5)  Best budget Mexican eatery in town? Try La Taqueria


Like Mexican but not up for stodgy Fajitas?

Head down to Westbourne Grove in Notting Hill, and grab some gorgeous tacos or tostadas at La Taqueria.

Offering lots of different mini dishes – like a Mexican Tapas experience – it is a great place to grab a few plates and share between friends.

With dishes starting at around £4 you can have a great little meal without spending a fortune. I warn you, the food is SERIOUSLY tasty so it may be hard to resist having more than 1 dish each ;-)


Nearest tube station: Notting Hill Gate station