London dining on a budget

Last updated 09:36 20/03/2014
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THE RABBIT HOLE: Sanderson, in Soho has put its own quirky twist on the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea.

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London is home to plenty of Michelin-star restaurants and is well known for its celebrity dining scene but the city is also home to gourmet delights without the hefty price tag.

Travel website Wotif has made things a little easier for travellers on a budget with this list of London's best palate-pleasing eateries that don't break the bank.

Fish & Chips

Recently voted the UK's best Independent Fish and Chip Restaurant at The National Fish & Chip Awards, Poppies Fish & Chips London is a winning London experience.

Savour crispy, golden fish and chips whilst soaking up the uber-hip retro atmosphere. Keep an eye out for free live music at their Camden restaurant.

Afternoon Tea

Spoil yourself with afternoon tea fit for a... mad hatter! 'Tumble down the rabbit hole' and experience an afternoon tea with a difference at the Sanderson, in Soho.

Named 'the hippest hotel in the world' by GQ Magazine, this 5 star hotel has put its own quirky twist on the quintessentially British tradition of afternoon tea with The Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea.

With prices from £38.00 (NZD$73.3) per person, eccentrics can delight in whimsical treats like the 'strawberries and cream' homemade marshmallow mushrooms, a 'tick tock' Victoria sponge clock and 'Jelly Wonderland'.

London Pub

Originally part of the Britannia Brewery, The Britannia in Kensington is an elegant pub oozing history and charm. Serving a delicious range of gastro pub fare, including one of the best burgers around, this rub-a-dub (Cockney rhyming slang for pub) is the perfect place to sit back and enjoy traditional food and good beer!

Cheap Eats

London's street food scene has really taken off in the past few years. Tucked away in the city's markets, food trucks and laneways you'll find some of the most scrumptious food on offer.

If you're venturing to Borough Markets, be sure to go with a hearty appetite because Hobbs Meat Roast serves up a mouth watering pulled pork roll.

Whilst the delicious Yum Bun is moving store in early 2014, keep your eye out for the Yum Bus! Serving award winning Vietnamese buns, both carnivores and vegetarians can rejoice with a range of flavoursome fillings available!

If you're craving some delicious salty goodness, stop by Brick Lane Beigel Bake, London's oldest and reportedly best bagel shop. Famous for their salt beef bagels, portions are generous and prices, surprisingly cheap. Open 24 hours, this one is a winner at any time of day.

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Hidden down a side street opposite Liverpool Street Station, a neon 'Sex, Drugs & Bacon Rolls' sign heralds The Breakfast Club, Spitalfields. The menu is peppered with comfort food and Mexican flavours plus, for late risers, a 'Late, Late Breakfast' is available after 5pm.

After you've polished off your delicious meal, tell the staff you're 'here to see The Mayor' and you will be escorted through to a concealed speakeasy style bar!

The Breakfast Club also has locations in Soho, Angel, Hoxton, Battersea Rise and will be opening a cafe in London Bridge in May 2014.

Food Tour

Google Maps certainly makes it easier to find the foodie hotspots ravenous locals are raving about, but a more enjoyable and hassle-free way to experience London on a plate is on a food tour with an expert. Let your Walk Eat Talk Eat guide lead you on a funny, gastronomic journey through various areas of London.

Experience the Great and the Good: Best of British Tour and devour the nation's most famous foods or treat all of your senses to the vibrant Markets and Meanderings: Camden Tour.

All of your food is included; you just need to bring a healthy appetite! 

Do you know of any great restaurants, cafes or pubs that don't break the bank in London? Leave a comment.

- Stuff


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