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Cheap Lunch near the British Museum

Where to find a cheap place to eat lunch near the British Museum. Our pick of the best cheap restaurants, cafes and takeaways for a quick lunchtime meal, sandwich or snack.

Russell Square Cabmen’s Shelter

This cabmen’s shelter is a great little place for a quality egg, sausage or bacon roll and a cheap cup of tea or coffee. Only black-cab drivers can go inside, so it’s takeaway only, but there are a few benches outside and in Russell Square itself.
Address: The green wooden hut on the north west corner of Russell Square
Open: Monday-Saturday 8am–2pm Takeaway only

Bloomsbury Farmers Market

If you visit the museum on Thursday, there are plenty of street food options at Bloomsbury Farmers Market. About 20 stalls offer a wide choice of food from around the world. Expect to pay around £7–£10
Address: Byng Place, Torrington Square WC1
Open: Thursdays only 9am–2pm
London Farmers’ Market – Bloomsbury


There are two branches of Sainsbury’s supermarket near the British Museum. One near Tottenham Court Rd station, and another near Holborn station. Both branches have meal deals available — a sandwich, snack and drink for around £3–£4.
Sainsbury’s Local 15-17 Tottenham Court Rd,
Sainsbury’s 129-133 Kingsway, WC2B 6NH
Open: Daily


At the far end of the Brunswick centre, Waitrose supermarket has a rotisserie serving roast chicken portions and a hot food counter. They also sell a decent selection of sandwiches and salads and sushi. Takeaway only. There’s a small garden with seats outside the exit near the food counter.
Address: The Brunswick, WC1N 1AF
Open: Monday–Sunday

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