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, some are only open Monday–Friday.
There’s a M&S Simply Food shop and Sainsbury’s supermarket close to the cathedral. 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. It’s very popular at lunchtime but the queue moves fast.
Address: Unit 5, Queen’s Head Passage, Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7DZ
Open: Mon–Thurs 10am–8pm, Friday 10am–4pm
Delicious South East Asian soups and a selection of rice-based dishes and salads. The soup menu changes regularly. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 128 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BJ
Open: Monday–Friday 7am–4pm
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: Monday–Friday lunchtime