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.
Coronavirus/Covid:London is now in Lockdown. Restaurants and cafes are only open for takeaways or deliveries. Pubs are closed. Supermarkets and food markets are open. From 12 April, hospitality venues are allowed to serve people outside.
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
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
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