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Cheap Lunch near the Tower of London

The Tower of London has a self-service restaurant on site – The New Armouries. Although the food is good, it’s on the pricey side. For something slightly cheaper, these are our recommendations for cheap takeaways, restaurants, food markets and cafes in the surrounding area.

You can leave and re-enter the Tower of London for lunch. Just ask for a re-entry ticket on your way out.

Kerb Market at The Gherkin

If you’re lucky enough to visit the Tower on a Thursday, you’ll find some street-food traders outside the Gherkin building, a 10-minute walk from the Tower. Click the link to see today’s line up.
Open: THURSDAY 11.30am-2pm
Address: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP

The Liberty Bounds

This Wetherspoons pub offers the standard cheap pub menu. The prices are slightly higher than you might be used to if you’re visiting from elsewhere in the UK. A good option if you want a sit-down meal a short walk from the Tower.
Open: Daily
Address: 15 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AA

Pret a Manger

King of the sandwich chains. There are five to choose from in the area. The closest one is just behind the Tower of London gift shop, near the pier. Delicious sandwiches, baguettes, wraps and soups. Eat in or takeaway. If you want to go super-posh, try Paul next door.
Open: Daily
Address: Unit 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames St, EC3R 6AH

St Katherine’s Docks

St Katherine’s Docks has branches of Strada, Zizzi, Cafe Rouge, Ping Pong and Tom’s Kitchen. We’d choose Côte for their £18.50 2-course set lunch.
Address: 50 St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LA

Avoid the Fish & Chip places in the Tower Vaults next to the Ticket Offices. They’re not the best.