Where to eat a budget lunch near St Paul’s Cathedral. Our pick of the best cheap AND good takeaways, street stalls, snack food, cafes and cheap restaurants within easy walking distance of the cathedral.
Please note the opening hours if you plan to visit the cathedral on Saturday or Sunday, many of the places listed below are only open Monday–Friday. There’s a M&S Simply Food shop and Sainsbury’s supermarket nearby. They open 7 days a week.
This traditional butchers shop also does a brisk trade in hot meaty takeaway food from morning to lunchtime. Try their tasty Cumberland sausage or bacon baguette or push the boat our for their steak and onion baguette. Takeaway only
Address: 72 Watling St, London EC4M 9EB
Open: Mon–Fri 6.30am–6.30pm
Pilpel specialise in super-fresh falafel with very tasty fillings. Lunchtime is busy but the queues move fast.
Address: Unit 5, Queen’s Head Passage, Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7DZ
Open: Mon–Thurs 10am–8pm, Friday 10am–4pm
A proper greasy spoon café, serving huge portions of standard café food — sandwiches, pasta, omelettes and English breakfasts – at affordable prices. Unlike most places in the area it’s open 7 days a week. Only a few seats, so be prepared to grab a takeaway.
Address: 148a Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BY
Open: Mon–Fri 6am–8pm, Saturday & Sunday 7am–3pm
St Mary Aldemary church food market
Four street food stalls in the grounds outside St Mary Aldemary Church offer a choice of Thai food, (decent) hotdogs and burgers, burritos and hearty hot sandwiches. The café inside the church is a cheap and quiet place for a cup of tea or coffee.
Address: Watling St, London EC4M 9BW
Open: Mon–Fri lunchtime
A – Porterford Butchers
B – Pilpel
C – Piccolo Bar
D – St Mary Aldemary Food Market