Clink’s Guide to eating out in London on a Budget.

London is a place known for its variety of ethnicity, well that is the same to say about its food. In this guide we have detailed some of our staff’s personal favourites and some of the most highly rated, restaurants and cafes in London if you are travelling on a budget. In the below list, we have some familiar favourites, as well as some with a alternative twist, all located in the centre of London, so lets get those mouths watering!

Basics/Well-known foods


Royal Pizza – 1 King’s Cross Bridge, London, N1 9NW

As the name suggests, a basic Italian restaurant/café, open most of the day till late, 7 days a week. Prices start at £1.99 for a basic pizza before 5pm. The pizza are your basic pizzas that you would expect from your local takeaway in London, but they keep there prices very low, so it is a definite must for pizza lovers on a budget.

Royal Pizza


Café Oz – 53 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9BU

This typical English café offers up some English favourites, at very low prices. Open from 7am until 4.30pm, this highly rate café is a definite one to try for a full English breakfast, and at only £5.00, you will receive one of the biggest breakfasts that you will have ever laid your eyes on. Recommended by most of the staff at Clink.

Cafe Oz


Sen Viet – 119 King’s Cross Rd, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9NH

A Vietnamese style restaurant, that is only a stones throw away from Clink78, It comes highly recommended by all Clink Hostels Staff. The prices are very reasonable for the potions and quality of food you get.

Sen Viet

The Blue Legume – Islington/Stoke Newington/Crotch Hill

A bit more up market restaurant, with higher prices than the others suggested, but definitely worth spending the extra pennies. The food is to the highest quality at very fair and reasonable prices. Their restaurants are very popular, so we do suggest making a booking first, especially at weekends.

The Blue Legume

Honest Burger – Brixton/Soho/Camden/Kings Cross

As the name suggests, just good, old fashioned, “honest” burger place. Been said to be the best burger franchise in London, Honest Burger is a definite must for those who love a good bit of cow! A personal favourite of mine, and many other of the staff at Clink.

Honest Burger

Borough Market – 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL

One of London’s largest, oldest and most popular food markets, Borough Market is a definite must for all of those passionate about food and drink. You can even spend most of you time there sampling food from all around the world without spending a penny, but you will probably ending up buying something, you never thought you would like.

Borough Market

Brick Lane – Bacon St, London E2 6DY

Located in the heart of East London’s Bangladeshi community, Brick Lane has foods from all over the world, from different ethnicities. A great place to sample some cuisine from round the world, the tastes and smells of Brick Lane, will make you want to stay there forever.

Brick Lane

There are many more to choose from in the area, including the well recognised Costa Coffee, Starbucks, Subway, McDonalds, Burger King, etc., but for more, please see the guardians top 10 suggestions in central London by clinking the link below.

The Guardian’s Top 10 Budget Restaurants 

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