Visiting London can be expensive when the family gets hungry! So we’ve compiled some options for cheap eats in London when the packed lunch runs out.
Nip into the Westfield Shopping Centre nearby and track down Giraffe café. With children’s activities, views overlooking the Olympic stadium and a mezzanine-floating floor in the shape of a lily pad, the kids will love it! Check out their ‘mini-meals’ section for most dinners under a fiver.
If you’re after a take-away, try The Fish House in Victoria Park village for a highly-recommended crispy fish and chip experience at a good price, or Tayyabs for well-priced kebabs that are so popular there’s almost always a queue!
Avoid all those expensive hotel meals where you know you’ll spend most of your time back and forth taking the children to the ladies (as I have many a time!).
Take the family to The Lido Café instead, and relax with a coffee and sandwich while the children burn off their energy in the park. You’ll find it just by the Princess Diana memorial. If you want cheap eats in London with a cooked meal, you can feed your kids for around £5 each, and treat the two of you to a bottle of wine for around a tenner. It’s terribly picturesque in a traditionally English way – with flocks of ducks for the kids to terrorise thrown in for free!
The Italian chain Strada is always a hit for everyone, and this branch is in walking distance of Olympia and Earls Court. You’ll be able to feed the kids for £6.50 each, and know they’re getting something healthy and nutritious without a nugget in sight!
If you fancy eating by the river check out their restaurant at Tower Bridge situated on The Thames – all venues detailed on their website.
If you’re looking for somewhere to have a family dinner around West London, try the Travellers Rest pub in Harrow.
As it’s part of the Beefeater chain it has a great child-friendly kids’ menu that they can pick from themselves, with an activity sheet on the back. With starters and puddings at £1 each, you should be able to treat everyone without breaking the bank!
If you like a curry and you’re anywhere around E1, head for Brick Lane for what may well be the best Asian food you’ve ever tasted.
Try Chutneys for their kids’ menu, and if you book online you’ll get £5 off; or Café Naz Express for their £4.99 Bengali menu with English options for those whose offspring are less adventurous!
It’s easy to assume you’re going to have to spend a bomb if you’re out in the West End, but think again. Wagamama’s restaurants are perfect for cheap eats in London, and are located in Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden - all offering a great kids' menu and speedy service for those hungry little tummies.
Alternatively try The Rainforest Café between Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square, for a fun experience and a rather funky choice of kids’ meals.
If you’re looking to treat yourselves a little, the Greenwich Tavern offers good quality traditional English food where you can rest your plates-of-meat!
For something on a budget when you eat out in London, but still great quality, head for Chiquito’s for some sizzling Mexican food less than 10 minutes from Greenwich tube station. Both offer children’s menus with a decent selection to choose from.
Finally, whether you’re looking for kebabs, patties or noodles on the go, don’t forget the local market. Be it Brixton Market in the South or Western International in the West, you’re sure to pick up some top quality nosh wherever you are!
In Camden town the restaurants may be rather pricy, but follow your nose and you’ll find some fantastic Oriental dishes that you can eat outside as you watch the world go by.
In the meantime, if you'd rather trundle home to feed the troop, use our meal planners to make simple, healthy and budget-friendly family meals.