Where to find a cheap place for lunch in and around Covent Garden. Our pick of the best budget takeaways, cafes, street food stalls and cheap restaurants.
Farmstand specialise in healthy, locally-grown sustainble food. Pick a main and two sides for around £7.50. Good vegetarian options and reasonably priced breakfast. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 42 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5AJ
Open: Monday–Friday 7.30am–9pm, Saturday 9am–9pm, Sunday 10am–5pm
Small Thai takeaway selling pretty good, authentic Thai noodles, rice pots and curries for around £5–6. They have a few seats to eat in.
Address: 24 Wellington St, London WC2E 7DD
Open: Monday–Saturday 11.30–8pm
Kimchee to Go
There’s a great selection of soup, noodles, dupbap, bimbibap or dosirak from this stylish Korean takeaway on the Strand. £5–£7. Eat in at the counter, tables or takeaway.
Address: 388 Strand, WC2R 0LT
Open: Monday–Friday 10.30–9.30pm, Saturday 11.30–9.30pm, Sunday 11.30–7.30pm
One of the best places for pizza in the area. Homeslice serve 20″ pizzas for £20 suitable for 2-3 people. Toppings can be split 50/50. £4 slices available to takeaway.
Address: 13 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Open: Daily 12pm–11pm
Battersea Pie Station
Steak and ale, steak and kidney, chicken and bacon or butternut squash and goat’s cheese pies, served with mash and red wine & herb gravy. Eat in or takeaway. (The sign outside says ‘The Pie Shop’)
Address: Lower Ground Floor, 28 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA
Open: Monday–Thursday 11–7pm, Friday–Saturday 11–8pm, Sunday 11am–7pm
Decent Mexican mini-chain serving burritos and tacos with a variety of tasty fillings. Comes with free Nachos. Busy at lunchtime during the week but the queue moves fast. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 19 New Row, London WC2N 4LA
Open: Monday–Friday 11.30am–11pm, Saturday 11.30am–10pm, Sunday 11.30am–9pm
Chain offering a range of snacks, baguettes, toasties & wraps and hot options like soup and baked goods. Their pie, mash and gravy is good value. Food is freshly made each day — go early for the best choice. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 377 Strand, London WC2R 0LQ
Open: Monday–Friday 6.45–11pm, Saturday 8–11pm, Sunday 8–8pm
Marks & Spencer (M&S)
The Covent Garden M&S has a cafe where their ‘gourmet’ hot sandwiches, baguettes and burgers cost £4.95 each. You can use the cafe to sit down and eat other food you buy in the shop – a great spot for people-watching. Eat in or takeaway.
Address: 107-115 Long Acre, WC2E 9NT
Top Tip: See our pick of places to eat near Leicester Square – a few minutes walk to the east.