Top 5: Cheap Eats London
London is an expensive city – there’s no getting round it. But amongst all the £6 pints and £18 mains you can find some real bargains. We’ve rounded up our favourite 5 where you’ll get top quality bang for your buck.
1. Flat Iron, Soho
This pop-up-gone-permanent is the only place to get a top steak for a tenner in London! For these prices though expect no frills – you’ll need to order sides on top but at £2.50 these are more than reasonable too. Stripped back warehouse interiors and mini meat cleavers instead of knives are a fun quirk. Don’t miss the doughnut bar on the way out!
Expect basic decor, mismatched furniture and expect to queue (although never for too long). This Brixton Village Market eatery is easily one of the biggest crowd-pullers thanks to the authentic thai dishes and wallet friendly prices. Even better, it’s BYOB. Service can be slightly brusque as the staff try to turn tables around, but that only adds to its charm.
3. Padella, London Bridge
The latest restaurant with the no-booking-long-queue hype, this time serving up hand rolled pastas with simple Italian sauces and fillings. The menu is simple with a few nibbles and about 6 pasta dishes starting from just £5.50 – the best definitely being the ravioli filled with ricotta covered in simply butter and sage.
4. Escudo de Cuba, Dalston
Vibrant Cuban restaurant in East London with everything you’d expect from empanadas to enchiladas. 6 of the classic tapas dishes costs just £14.95 and is more than enough for 2 to share. Also look out for salsa lessons, comedy nights and club nights happening in Tipsy, just underneath the restaurant.
5. Le Mercury, Islington
Tried-and-tested traditional French bistro that’s been open for 30 years, but is still packed out every night, perhaps down to the unbeatable prices. All starters cost £4.45 and mains are all set at £10.95. Candlelit tables set the atmosphere, making it an ideal date spot.