Where to find a cheap place for lunch in and around Covent Garden. Our pick of the best budget takeaways, cafes, food halls and cheap restaurants.
Seven Dials Market
London’s newest food court housed in a converted banana warehouse. Over 20 traders serving a large variety of food.
Address: Thomas Neal’s Warehouse, Earlham St, London WC2H 9LX
Open: Monday-Saturday 11am-11pm, Sunday 12-10.30pm
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
Top Tip: See our pick of places to eat near Leicester Square – a few minutes walk to the east.