8 London restaurants that won’t break the bank

London is one of the historic cities of the world that nearly everyone would love to visit at least once. Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London are all sites that people try to fit into their trip, but while here they need to eat too!

The city has some great food but if you only eat in the centre near the tourist attractions, your money won’t go far. Head a little outside of the centre and you are in for a culinary treat that won’t leave you bankrupt! 

1/ Nona, 300 KIlburn High Road, London NW6 2DB

Nona on KIlburn High Road, is a little restaurant owned by a man from the Balkans. Italian in style but with some meaty Balkan specialities at the back of the menu, Nona sells great quality food at a reasonable price. The pasta and pizza deal is excellent value for money – any pizza or pasta dish with a half pint of beer or a glass of house wine for £6.95. You can easily eat a three course meal for £15 a head.  Nearest tube: Kilburn (Jubilee line)

Nearest train: Brondesbury (Overground)

2/ Eastern Eye, 63a Brick Lane, E1 6QL

Brick Lane in East London is famous for being a whole street of restaurants from the Indian subcontinent. Each restaurant has a waiter standing outside, bartering with passers by to try and entice them into their restaurant. You can get some great deals but you can also end up with some awful curry if you don’t know where you are going. Walk along the street, try some bartering just for the fun of it, then head to Eastern Eye. Although not the cheapest deal, it is still  reasonably priced and the quality is excellent.

 Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Nearest train: Shoreditch High Street (Overground)

3/ Spicy Basil, 165 KIlburn High Road, NW6 7HY

Spicy Basil is a very unassuming looking restaurant, so unassuming in fact, that we lived half a mile from it for a year before we even realised it was there! From the outside it looks like a grotty take away, or the kind of spit and sawdust cafe you would get in indoor markets in the 1980s. But if you can move beyond first impressions and try the food you will not be dissapointed. It is both authentic and delicious, with the added bonus that it is very cheap. £10 will buy you a main dish and a soft drink and although they don’t sell alcohol, they allow you to bring your own.  

Nearest tube: Kilburn (Jubilee line)

Nearest train: Brondesbury (Overground)

4/ Franco Manca, Unit 4, Market Row, London SW9 8LD

Franco Manca in Brixton Market serves delicious sour dough pizzas, so delicious that another 12 branches have opened across London. A pizza is priced at around the £7 mark and the quality of food is excellent.

Don’t be fooled by the Brixton Market name – it is not a market at all any more and is just an atmospheric building filled with excellent restaurants.


Nearest tube: Brixton (Victoria line)

Nearest train: Brixton (main line)

5/ Small and Beautiful, 351 Kilburn High Road, London NW6 7QB

Small and Beautiful is Nona’s slightly more bohemian little sister. Similar to Nona in price, it has more of an a la carte type menu including dishes such as Parsons Pastry, Puffy Duck and lamb chops. The two course set menu will set you back just £9.95.  

Nearest tube: Kilburn (Jubilee line)

Nearest train: Brondesbury (Overground)

6/ Pizzeria on the Green, 4 Clapham, London SW4 9DW

A two minute walk from Clapham South Station, Pizzeria on the Green is a traditional Italian restaurant selling everything you’d expect an Italian to sell. If you look at the menu it looks pretty pricy, but all food is half price which suddenly makes it very reasonable indeed. A main course is about £10 on the menu, but £5 in reality – a total bargain! 

Nearest tube: Clapham South (Northern line)

Nearest train: Balham (main line)

7/ Little Bay 228 Belsize Road, London NW6 4BT

Little Bay which is situated in Between West Hampstead and KIlburn is a quirky little place. Housed partly in a building and partly in a yurt style extension, it serves excellent quality food at a very reasonable price. Perhaps one of the best things about Little Bay is that despite the price, the staff are happy for you to make an evening of it and they are never in a rush to move you on.

All starters and desserts from the a-la-carte menu are priced at £3.65, while mains are just £7.85.   

Nearest tube: Kilburn Park (Bakerloo line)

Nearest train: South Hampstead (Overground)

8/ The Lord Nelson 243 Union Street, London SE1 0LR

Possibly the home of the best burgers in London, the Lord Nelson in Southwark is a quirky little pub serving a wide selection of food. The menu includes delights such as the ‘Hoff Burger’ as well as a range of excellent quality, tasty (and very BIG) salads. It is only a 10 minute walk from the Tate Modern or 15 minutes from the London Eye so its prime location makes it perfect for tourists.

The decor is pretty awesome too with lots to keep your interest if you happen to be dining alone.  


Nearest tube: Southwark (Jubilee line)

Nearest train: Waterloo (mainline) 

Handy links 

Eastern Eye
Spicy Basil
Franco Manca
Small and Beautiful
Pizzeria on the Green
Little Bay
Lord Nelson

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