Hidden Culinary Gems in London

When you first get to London, you’re probably going to feel a little overwhelmed with the sheer choice of things to do and places to go. However, when it comes to finding places to eat, the sheer choice can be staggering. Look anywhere in London and within two minutes you’re sure to find somewhere to eat. We thought we’d put together a list of some of the best places to eat in London on a budget.

Beigel Bake

Brick Lane happens to be one of the most famous and exciting places to visit in London. And when it comes to culinary delights, you are well served with dishes from all over the world.

The Beigel Bake bakery is something else though. It really is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and it serves one particular bagel that has since become legendary. The salt beef bagel has always been a favourite for diners in the area, and while it may not be the healthiest food around, for just £3.50, you really cannot go wrong. 

The Rib Man

Still on Brick Lane, The Rib Man serves up incredibly filling snacks (and meals). One of the specialties there that continues to make dinners happy is the simple roll. The Rib Man offers a rib meat roll that is huge and is guaranteed to fill you up. Tasty and filling, it has been a mainstay for diners in the Brick Lane area for years. Well worth a visit.


This eatery has built a steady reputation for high quality eastern food for years. It has multiple outlets in London and continues to surprise diners with food that is inexpensive (full meals with all the extras for under £10 in some cases) and delicious. Whether you are a fan of South Indian food or not, we defy you to not enjoy the amazing meals you can get at Sagar. And the good news is that it has restaurants all over London, from Covent Garden to Harrow.

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Slow Richie’s

Head on down to South London and you’ll find this amazing little eatery, run by two brothers, and serving up impeccable ‘street food’ as well as some amazingly tempting condiments (for when you’re not able to eat there). The sheer size of the menu here is incredible, and the food is delicious. 

Their ‘Hog’ dishes, with tons of lovely pork in a bun, are coming in at £7.50 at the moment. If we were the owners of the eatery, we would shove that price right up. You get a lot for your money. Basically, a meal that should keep you going for a whole day, buy a ‘Hog’ burger and you’ll be hooked for life.
That is just a sample of the incredibly diverse restaurants and fast food places in London that don’t cost the Earth and reward you with incredibly tasty experiences. All of this is a godsend when you first move to London. It makes a huge difference to find cheap food that tastes good when you’re looking for London serviced apartments and apart hotels, for example.