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Cheap Lunch near the British Museum

Where to find a cheap place to eat lunch near the British Museum. Our pick of the best cheap restaurants, cafes and takeaways for a quick lunchtime meal, sandwich or snack.


Stylish Korean food shop serving rice and noodle dishes, soups and bulgogi. Most dishes cost £5–7. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 106 New Oxford St, WC1A 1HB
Open: Monday–Sunday

Mary Ward Centre Cafe

This cafe in the Mary Ward Centre is open to everyone and serves generous portions of vegetarian/vegan food and extremely cheap hot drinks (£1.25 for a coffee/70p for tea!). All the food is homemade. Mains are around £4.60 and soup/bread is £3.25. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 42 Queen Square, WC1N 3AQ
Open: Monday–Saturday

Hummus Bros

A ‘hummus bar’ where you pick a meat or vegetable topping to put on top of a hummus base. Portions are quite filling.
Address: Victoria House, 37–63 Southampton Row, WC1B 4DA
Open: Monday–Saturday

Sainsbury Local

This supermarket on Tottenham Court Rd has a hot food counter and salad bar. Or pick a sandwich, crisps or fruit and a drink as part of their £3 meal deal.
Address: 15-17 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 1BJ
Open: Monday–Sunday


At the far end of the Brunswick centre, Waitrose supermarket has a rotisserie serving roast chicken portions and a hot food counter. They also sell a decent selection of sandwiches and salads. Takeaway only. There’s a small garden with seats outside the exit near the food counter.
Address: The Brunswick, WC1N 1AF
Open: Monday–Sunday

Map – Cheap places to eat near the British Museum