Anyone who complains that finding a good place to eat in London is difficult or expensive has not done their research. However, if you want a cheap and good place to eat, you’ll be rewarded if you do your homework first.
Top Tip: Check out our Cheap Lunch in London guides.
Here’s a quick guide to some of the best places to start your search:
How to find a restaurants, cafes or takeaway
Time Out website and magazine
The Time Out website is one of the best places to look for a restaurant, cafe or takeaway. You can narrow your search by area, cuisine and select the ‘Critics Choice’ option for their top recommendations.
If you want to browse a list of some of the best, you can’t go wrong with their list of London’s 100 best cheap eats.
Time Out magazine, which is given out for free at central London tube stations on Tuesday mornings, has reviews of new restaurants and cafes.
The Evening Standard
The website of London’s free evening newspaper, The Evening Standard, has regular features on places to eat and reviews of new openings.
Food websites and blogs
Find some good tips on where to eat. Our favourites include:
- London Cheap Eats
- Young & Foodish
- London Review of Breakfasts
- The London Review of Sandwiches
- Cheese & Biscuits
- The London Foodie
New restaurant openings
Hot Dinners is one of the best sources for new restaurants in London and general information about the London food scene.
The quality of food in London pubs varies and a good pub might not be the best place to eat. Time Out has a decent guide to gastropubs. If you’re more interested in the beer, try Fancy a Pint? or Beer in the Evening for pub reviews and recommendations.