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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.

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. Takeaway only
Address: 42 Queen Square, WC1N 3AQ
Open: Monday–Friday

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: Monday-Friday 7am–2.30pm 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 £5–7.
Address: Byng Place, Torrington Square WC1
Open: Thursdays only 9am–2pm
London Farmers’ Market – Bloomsbury


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

Map – Cheap places to eat near the British Museum

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