Deliciously Cheap Eats in London

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We all love London, except for one thing: it’s too damn expensive. The city is bursting with things to do, but we never feel like we can enjoy said things because…well…we’re all broke. Fear not, I have the solution for you. Believe it or not, there are places where you can have dinner in London that are relatively cheap and, more importantly, delicious.  To all you international students who just moved to London town, I have one piece of advice for you. Stop converting everything back into your home currency. Keep it up and you will never eat, or take the bus, or buy books, or live. You’re not here forever, you only live once, so enjoy it.

The places I am recommending to you will not cost you more than 15 pounds per person, unless you order half the menu (which, let’s be honest, could happen because they’re great places).

Try one of these restaurants. Your wallet will be happy and you will be happy. What more could you want in life?

Herman Ze German

This fantastic German hot dog spot in the West End is the perfect place for a quick bite with taste. Quick and efficient, they have different types of wurst, chips and schnitzels to choose from. They bake their chips instead of deep frying them, an added bonus to all you health conscious students! You won’t be disappointed.  They have two locations, the most famous one being this one:

33 Old Compton St, London W1D 5JU


Honest Burgers

Named one of the best burgers in London for a reason. The meat is very juicy, the toppings blend beautifully with the meat, the brioche bun is unbelievable and the chips are cooked in rosemary and salt. Mouthwatering. They even have chicken or veggie burgers if you’re not feeling the beef that night. Don’t be skeptical because they have multiple locations. They’re just so popular that you need more than one in town!

Closest to campus is this one:

4a Meard Street London W1F 0EF


Yalla Yalla

Lebanese food, it’s so good. And at Yalla yalla, it’s so good you may never be able to have it anywhere else in London again. They serve small plates to share or bigger plates for larger appetites. Everything from the hummus to the lamb and the pita and the baba ganoush are fantastic. A tasty treat for less than 20 pounds? That’s a pretty solid reason to try it out.

They have a few around London, here is the closest one to LSE:

1 Green’s Ct, London W1F 0HA


Franco Manca

Who doesn’t love pizza? Will all the gluten intolerants please refrain from answering this question. The great thing about London is that pizza is really cheap. Seriously. Franco Manca is one of the best in the city and guess what? A pizza margarita costs 6 pounds. That’s right, you read right. One digit. Their sourdough crust will make it very difficult to not eat the whole pizza in one sitting. The atmosphere is very cute and welcoming, but the queue after 6 pm makes people scared. Don’t worry, you can order for takeaway and skip the queue. Or you can go for lunch. Your choice.

98 Tottenham Court Rd, London W1T 4TR


The Joint

Alright, this one is not so close to LSE, but it’s worth the visit to Brixton or Marelybone. The Joint serves maybe the best pulled pork you will ever eat. The sandwich is absolutely massive. One often wonders how one will finish it. But one does finish the burger because, as stated earlier, it’s the best pulled pork you will ever have. Mondays they have 2 for 1 cocktails from 5 to 7. Need It say more?

Find them here:

19 New Cavendish St, London W1G 9TZ


There you have it! The impossible came true.

Students can enjoy the London life too!


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Caroline Schurman-Grenier