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London on a budget

londonIt’s been too long, London. But this week I’m heading over for a while.

My last food memories of the city involved lots of Vietnamese food in Camden and too many curries. Bring it on. Now, I’ve significantly less money to spend, and I’ll be spending lots of time in two very different areas: Pinner (north London) and Islington/ Camden. I know there’s lots of cheap eats to be found around Camden, but I don’t really know which stand out.

I’m hoping some of our lovely, always reliable readers can steer me in the right direction or barricade the doors of the worst places. All tips are welcome!


  1. Youre never too far away from a Harvester. 😀

  2. On my way back to Dublin during the volcano, I stopped over in London for the night. Luckily my fellow study abroad friends in London knew where to go. They took me to a Tapas restaurant called Anexo. Definitely worth checking out!

  3. If you get into the centre of town, and like Mexican food at all, I cannot recommend Wahaca ( highly enough. Great value for money, very well cooked, nice ambience. Only problem is you cannot book a table so have to queue which can be annoying at peak times.

  4. King of Falafel in Camden….that is all.

  5. Ottolenghi … yum

  6. The Clifton Pub in St John’s Wood (on Clifton Hill) does very good value fare and I would highly recommend the fish and chips with mushy peas! Other gems for good value and VERY TASTY grub include the Real Greek on Longacre near Covent Garden tube station, Busaba Eatthai on Wardour Street near Tottenham Court Road tube, and the Charlotte Cafe on Westbourne Grove (for brunch).

    Enjoy! x

  7. For a good cheap fry up, you can’t beat the Regency Cafe in Pimlico. It’s got original retro decor and has been used it loads of films and tv shows as a typical greasy spoon caff.

  8. Go to Tooting (it’s on the Tube – dead handy) and take your pick of amazing Indian restaurants. My friends live in Tooting and it is so cheap to eat out. Closest to currys in India I’ve tasted. Also watch out for the guy who sells sweetcorn from a little stand on the main street. Delicious.