10 Great Places To Eat Around London

There are so many wonderful places to eat around London. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat or a high end dining experience, there’s something for everyone. Here are just some of my many favourites around the city that are mostly student budget friendly.  What are some of your favourites?

*Note* I’m sad to say I’m yet to find a Chinese restaurant that I approve of in London so I have nothing to share on that front. I’m also a bit of a ramen snob so in the end I decided not to include any shops on this list, though there are a few decent places.

1. Viet Garden (Islington)

My absolute favourite place for Vietnamese soup noodles. Their chicken pho (flat rice noodle in a light fragrant soup) is full of flavour and I also love their bun hue (rice vermicelli in hot and spicy broth) with beef.  The restaurant is full of old world charm, and I love how unassuming the place is. The prices are even student friendly (£15 pp), and it would appear they now have another location in Shoreditch (Huong).

Address: 207 Liverpool Road, London N1 1LX
Tel: 020 7700 6040
Nearest Tube station: Angel

2. Tamarind (Mayfair)

Prepare to be blown away by an exquisite dining experience. A bit on the pricier side but completely worth it, as it certainly did change my perception of Indian cuisine.  I like the Dawat Menu, which offers a wide variety of different dishes that are far from the usual curry from the corner shop.

Address: 20 Queen Street, London W1J 5PP
Tel: 020 7629 3561
Nearest Tube station: Green Park

3. Busaba Eathai (Store Street)

Time Out London described Busaba as “a dependable, attractive place for excellent modern Thai food on the cheap”, and I’d have to agree! My favourites include standard dishes, such as Pad Thai and green chicken curry, and I love their guava collins. This is another great place for the student budget. Visit their website to find the location nearest you.

Address: 22 Store Street, London WC1E 7DF
Tel: 020 7299 7900
Nearest Tube station: Goodge Street

4. Gallipoli Café Bistro (Islington)

The ambiance here is great and the crowd is always lively.  This is by far my favourite Turkish restaurant in the city.  Their food is superb and I always go with the set meals because you get a taste of everything.  Not to mention, the prices are hard to beat (set meals range from £15-18 pp).

Address: 102 Upper Street, London N1 1QN
Tel: 020 7359 0630
Nearest Tube station: Angel

5. Belgo Centraal (Covent Garden)

Who wouldn’t love Belgo Bill? This is my absolute favourite place to eat in Covent Garden, minus the draconian monks that work there as waiters (half the time I go there they look like they’re about to flog me). That said, it’s got a great feel to it and the food has never disappointed!  Some favourites are the traditional moules et frites, croquettes, confit duck salad (with black pudding–the only time I’ll eat it), and of course belgian waffles for dessert. Not to mention, they have a fantastic selection of fruit beers!

Address: 50 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LJ
Tel: 020 7813 2233
Nearest Tube station: Covent Garden

6. Paul (Covent Garden)

This is a lovely french family bakery and patisserie with branches across London.  They have a wide selection of petit fours to sate every possible sugar-craving. And I do love a cup of their decadent hot chocolate on a cold rainy day (which means I have it quite often). They also do soups and sandwiches so it’s great for a quick bite on the go.

Address: 29 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9ED
Tel: 020 7836 3304
Nearest Tube station: Covent Garden

7. Centrepoint Sushi (Soho)

The sushi cafe is discreetly tucked above a Korean-Japanese grocery and is almost always packed when I’m there.  My favourite is the Hana Bento set dinner.  The sashimi is always fresh. I also love the booths there. It’s nothing flash (as with the prices) and I know there are more famous Japanese restaurants in town, but as far as informal dining goes, this place never disappoints and I love being able to do my Asian food shopping downstairs after a meal.

Address: 20-21 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LN
Tel: 020 7240 6147
Nearest Tube station: Tottenham Court Road

8. Koba (Fitzrovia)

There are so many great Korean restaurants in London it’s hard to choose just one, but I decided to go with Koba (even though they haven’t got a website…tsk tsk) because I have fond memories there. They offer good food, good value and special hot plates for a completely different dining experience. All in all, it’s a fun and friendly place that serves tasty classic Korean fare.

Address:11 Rathbone Street, London W1T 1NA
Tel: 020 7580 8825
Nearest Tube station: Goodge Street or Tottenham Court Road

9. Pret A Manger (South Kensington)

I know you may think it’s just a sandwich chain but it’s more than just that! This is my favourite ‘fast-food’ place to eat and there are convenient locations all around London (and the UK).  Great soups and sandwiches for on the go!

Address:15 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3HZ
Tel: 020 7932 5368
Nearest Tube station: South Kensington

10. Claridge’s (Mayfair)

I debated whether or not to include afternoon tea in this list but how could I leave out one of my favourite pastimes? Claridge’s would have to be my favourite and although perhaps not fit for a student budget, I’d say go on and go for it!  You must treat yourself to afternoon tea here at least once. I love everything from their great selection of teas and sweet pastries to their friendly service (the place is not as stuffy as it might appear).

Address: 49 Brook St, London W1K 4HR
Tel: 020 7629 8860
Nearest Tube station: Bond Street

3 thoughts on “10 Great Places To Eat Around London

    • Thanks for taking the time to comment! I love the Bloomsbury area, but last I checked a few places I used to frequent, including Hanna Supermarket, had closed. Yes Claridge’s is nice — perhaps best saved for a very special day. 🙂

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