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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.

Kimchee to Go

Stylish Korean food shop serving rice and noodle dishes, soups and bulgogi. Most dishes cost £5–7. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 106 New Oxford St, WC1A 1HB
Open: Monday–Sunday




Mary Ward Centre Cafe

This cafe in the Mary Ward Centre is open to everyone and serves generous portions of vegetarian/vegan food and extremely cheap hot drinks (£1.25 for a coffee/70p for tea!). All the food is homemade. Mains are around £4.60 and soup/bread is £3.25. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 42 Queen Square, WC1N 3AQ
Open: Monday–Saturday
marywardcentre.ac.uk/about/cafe

Chang’s Noodle

Slightly more expensive than the other places recommended but worth it if you want to eat something substantial. This authentic Chinese restaurant specialises in food from Henan and Szechuan. We recommended the house noodle special – Henan lamb noodle soup or Shan Xi Ho Po noodles with beef – (both £7.50). Cash only and a 10% service charge.
Address: 36-38 New Oxford St, WC1A 1EP

Russell Square Cabmen’s Shelter

This cabmen’s shelter is a great little place for a quality egg, sausage or bacon rolls and a cheap cup of tea or coffee. Only black-cab drivers can go inside, so it’s takeaway only.
Address: The green wooden hut on the north west corner of Russell Square
Open: Daily 7am–2.30pm

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 £5–7.
Address: Byng Place, Torrington Square WC1
Open: Thursdays only 9am–2pm

Hummus Bros

A ‘hummus bar’ where you pick a meat or vegetable topping to put on top of a hummus base. Portions are quite filling.
Address: Victoria House, 37–63 Southampton Row, WC1B 4DA
Open: Monday–Saturday
hbros.co.uk

Waitrose

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 a sushi counter. Takeaway only. There’s a small garden with seats outside the exit near the food counter.
Address: The Brunswick, WC1N 1AF
Open: Monday–Sunday
waitrose.com

Map – Cheap places to eat near the British Museum

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