Those are words that you never thought you’d see in the same sentence, right? Especially in London. It’s like a myth, a black hole, a fantasy only delegated to your imaginary world. If you want to save some extra cash (isn’t Christmas approaching fast?) – but you don’t want to survive on instant ramen for the next month – be savvy and read below.  

Silk Road

Silk Road – Photo from London SE

For a super satisfying and authentic Chinese that doesn’t break the bank, we’re recommending Silk Road. The Big Plate Chicken is a popular choice.

49 Camberwell Church Street, SE5 8TR

Pizza Union

Pizza Union

You don’t need to give up your pizza night just because you’re budgeting. A 12” Margherita is just £3.95 and the most you’ll pay is £6.50.

246-250 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JY


Antepliler Photo by Rob Greig

Feast like royalty at Turkish restaurant Antepliler where dishes are cheap and big enough for sharing. The pistachio and walnut baklava is a must.

Grand Parade, 45 Green Lanes, Harringay, London, N4 1DU



For many Ziferblat is a home away from home; a cosy living room with café vibes (with a twist). Teas, coffees and cakes are all totally free. You just pay for the time you spend there – £3 per hour.

388 Old St, London, EC1V 9LT

Indian YMCA

A cheap eatery in Bloomsbury?! This dining hall is open to the public and a set menu (eat as much as you like too) is just £8.50.

41 Fitzroy Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6AQ

Beigel Bake

Beigel Bake

It’s not just cheap, it’s also open 24 hours and the beigels are baked fresh on site. Try the famous salt beef, mustard and pickles for under £5.

159 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB

Jai Krishna

This Indian vegetarian restaurant near Crouch End boasts a huge menu, traditional flavours and super cheap prices. Alcohol isn’t served but you can take your own.

161 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3PZ

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