The Tower of London has a self-service restaurant on site – The New Armouries. Although the food is good, it’s a bit on the pricey side. For something slightly cheaper, these are our recommendations for cheap takeaways, restaurants, street food markets and cafes in the surrounding area.
You can leave and re-enter the Tower of London. Just ask for a re-entry ticket on your way out.
Kerb at The Gherkin
If you’re lucky enough to visit the Tower on a Thursday, you’ll find some of London’s best street food traders outside the Gherkin building. It’s a 10 minute walk from the Tower.
Open: THURSDAYS ONLY 12-2pm
Address: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
The Liberty Bounds
This Wetherspoons pub offers the standard cheap pub menu. The prices are slightly higher than you might be used to if you’re visiting from elsewhere in the UK. Most meals cost around £6.50–£10. A ‘gourmet’ burger and chips and an alcoholic drink costs £8.50. A good option if you want a sit down meal.
Address: 15 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AA
World Food Market – St Katherine’s Dock
There’s a street food market in St Katherine’s Dock every Friday at Marble Quay in the south east part in front of the Dicken’s Inn pub, and every Saturday on the riverside near Tower Bridge. You’ll find a wide range of international food at reasonable prices. Follow them on twitter to see who’s there on the day.
Open: FRIDAYS and SATURDAYS only 11am-2pm
Address: St Kathrine’s Dock, E1 1UH
Pret a Manger
King of the sandwich chains. There are five to choose from in the area. The closest one is just behind the Tower of London gift shop, near the pier. Delicious sandwiches, baguettes, wraps and soups. Eat in or takeaway. If you want to go super-posh, try Paul next door.
Address: Unit 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, EC3R 6AH
Pod specialise in fresh, seasonal and healthy food. Salads, flatbread wraps and a selection of hot food – Thai curries served with rice or stews served over pearl barley & green lentils. Eat in or takeaway.
Open: Monday–Friday 7am–3pm
Address: 5 Lloyd’s Avenue, EC3N 3AE
St Katherine’s Docks
There are branches of Strada, Zizzi, Cafe Rouge, Ping Pong and Tom’s Kitchen in the north part of St Katherine’s Docks, a marina near the Tower. We’d choose Côte for their £12.50 2-course set lunch on Monday–Friday, and steak frites/half a roast chicken at the weekend for £10.95.
Address: 50 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LA
Avoid the Fish & Chip places in the Tower Vaults next to the Ticket Offices. They’re not the best places to try Fish & Chips.
A – The Liberty Bounds pub
B – The World Food Market (Fridays & Saturdays only)
C – Pret a Manger
D – Pod
E – St Katherine’s Docks (for Côte/Strada)
F – KERB at the Gherkin Market (Thursdays only)