Where to eat a budget lunch near St Paul’s Cathedral. These are our pick of the best cheap and good takeaways, street stalls, cafes and cheap restaurants within easy walking distance of the cathedral.
Please note the opening hours if you visit the cathedral on Saturday or Sunday, some places are only open Monday–Friday.
There’s a M&S Simply Food shop and Sainsbury’s supermarket close to the cathedral. They open 7 days a week.
This traditional butchers shop also does a brisk trade in hot meaty takeaway food from morning to lunchtime. Try their tasty Cumberland sausage or bacon baguette or push the boat our for their steak and onion baguette. Takeaway only.
Address: 72 Watling St, London EC4M 9EB
Open: Monday–Friday 6.30am–6.30pm
This light, airy and affordable cafe is in the basement of the Salvation Army headquarters. It’s the perfect place to stop for a light bite if you’re walking over the Millennium Bridge to or from the Tate Modern.
Address: 101 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4EH
Open: Monday–Friday 8am–4.30pm
Pilpel specialise in super-fresh falafel with very tasty fillings. It’s popular at lunchtime but the queue moves fast.
Address: Unit 5, Queen’s Head Passage, Paternoster Square, London EC4M 7DZ
Open: Monday–Friday 10am–9pm
Street Food outside St Mary Aldemary
There are two street food stalls outside St Mary Aldemary Church. Try a Greek Souvlaki or grab a burrito from Burrito Joe’s. Both are popular so go early if you can. The café inside the church is a cheap and quiet place for a cup of tea or coffee.
Address: Watling St, London EC4M 9BW
Open: Monday–Friday lunchtime
Superior soup, sandwiches, hot wraps and specials to takeaway. Try one of their homemade sausage rolls for £3. The Evening Standard think they’re the best in the City.
Address: 8 Creed Lane, London EC4V 5BR
Open: Monday–Friday 6am–2.30pm
Vietnamese cafe serving large portions of pho, salads and rice dishes. Prepare to queue if you go around 1pm. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 4 St Andrew’s Hill, London EC3V 5BY
Open: Monday–Friday 8am–3pm
Quiet cafe in a 17th century church. Good coffee, tea and cakes. A choice of quiches and salads for lunch.
Address: 114 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BJ
Open: Monday–Wednesday, Friday 7am–4.30pm, Thursday 7am–1pm, 2pm–4.30pm
Donburi, stir-fried or soup noodles and bento boxes from this mini-chain. One of the few reasonably priced places with a decent amount of seating. Do go early though. It get’s busy. Eat in or takeaway
Address: 61 Watling St, London EC4M 9DG
Open: Monday–Friday 11.30am–3.30pm
Delicious South East Asian soups and a selection of rice-based dishes and salads. The soup menu changes regularly. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 128 Queen Victoria St, London EC4V 4BJ
Open: Monday–Friday 7am–4pm