Where to find a cheap place for lunch in and around Covent Garden. Our pick of the best budget takeaways, cafes, street food stalls and cheap restaurants.
An indoor food market showcasing some of London’s best new street food traders and food startups. Average price is £5–£6 and portions are generous. Highly recommended. Go before 1.30pm for the best choice.
Address: 77 Shelton St, WC2H 9JQ
Open: Monday–Friday 11–3pm.
Kimchee to Go
There’s a great selection of soup, noodles, dupbap, bimbibap or dosirak from this stylish Korean takeaway on the Strand. £5–£7. Eat in at the counter or tables or takeaway.
Address: 388 Strand, WC2R 0LT
Open: Monday–Friday 10.30–9.30pm, Saturday 11.30–9.30pm, Sunday 11.30–7.30pm
Small Thai takeaway selling pretty good, authentic Thai noodles, rice pots and curries for around £5–6. They have a few seats to eat in.
Address: 24 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
Open: Monday–Saturday 11.30–8pm
Battersea Pie Station
Steak and ale, steak and kidney, chicken and bacon or butternut squash and goat’s cheese pies. With mash and red wine & herb gravy, the takeaway price is £5.50. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: Lower Ground Floor, 28 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA
Open: Monday–Thursday 11–7pm, Friday–Saturday 11–8pm, Sunday 11am–7pm
Decent Mexican mini-chain serving burritos and tacos with a variety of tasty fillings. Comes with free Nachos. Busy at lunchtime during the week but the queue moves fast. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 19 New Row, London WC2N 4LA
Open: Monday–Friday 11.30am–11pm, Saturday 11.30am–10pm, Sunday 11.30am–9pm
Chain offering a range of snacks, baguettes, toasties & wraps and hot options like soup and baked goods. At £5.49, their pie, mash and gravy is good value. Food is freshly made each day — go early for the best choice. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 377 Strand, London WC2R 0LQ
Open: Monday–Friday 6.45–11pm, Saturday 8–11pm, Sunday 8–8pm
Marks & Spencer (M&S)
The Covent Garden M&S has a cafe where their ‘gourmet’ hot sandwiches, baguettes and burgers cost £4.95 each. You can use the cafe to sit down and eat other food you buy in the shop – a great spot for people-watching. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 107-115 Long Acre, WC2E 9NT
Top Tip: See our pick of places to eat near Leicester Square – a few minutes walk to the east.