Cheap Eats

March 17, 2015

Street Minus Meat

A new pop-up in London Bridge is showcasing vegetarian street food, a timely antidote to London’s burger and rib stalls. The Moveable Feast — which plans to roam the capital, hence the name — has launched on St Thomas Street opposite Borough Market. It’s open Monday-Saturday until the end of September offering a changing array of veggie food including pulled jackfruit and other vegan Mexican dishes from Club Mexicana, substantial salads from The Salad Kitchen and meat-free hot-dogs from Not Dogs.

February 25, 2015


A no-frills Hong Kong-style diner that fills your belly without emptying your wallet

Longji’s brightly lit dining area spreads over several floors, all with HK-pop playing unobtrusively. The menu is long, and includes western-style dishes (such as borscht). One-dish meals are the highlight for cheap eats: two barbecued meats on steamed rice (£6.50), for instance, or fried rice or noodles with a great range of toppings. Many lunchers will be happy with ‘hawker soup noodles’ at prices ranging from £6.20 to £7.20: choose your noodles and toppings (from a list of 20) and slurp down the sizeable portion (in excellent broth) with chilli sauce on the side. The clientele is almost entirely Chinese, and the dumplings (a nice small starter) are well made.


Meal for two with drinks and service: around £25


Best dish under £5: prawn dumplings (£3.60)

Best dish under £7: hawker soup noodles (£6.20)


47-49 Charing Cross Road 

January 30, 2015


Now weekly, the Real Food Market features around 40 food and drink producers selling seasonal produce directly to the public. Typical stalls include Spinach and Agusi with spicy Ghanaian stews; the Meantime Brewing Company with Greenwich-made beers; and Ash Green Organics with seasonal fruit and veg. There's a focus on sustainably and ethically produced food, and the market proudly supports small producers and independent traders. Whether you're coming to shop or snack, you can pick from French duck confit sandwiches, Spanish churros & chocolate and Blue Cheese British Organic Beef Burgers to Moroccan chicken dishes and Korritos (Korean BBQ meat wrapped up Mexican burrito style). Prices at the market are affordable, and a hearty meal costs about £8.



November 21, 2014

Street food shop

A shop aiming to showcase the best new street food traders and food start-ups has launched in Covent Garden. Startisans is run by the team behind Shepherds Markets, which runs more than 20 regular food markets across London. It is open from 8am – 3pm every weekday, and hosts 15 traders at any one time, with the focus on newcomers. Those currently residing include Simply Handmade Chocolates, macarons from Comptoir Gourmand, raw honey from Bee Happier, and Deeney’s who are serving haggis toasties. Down the line, the plan is to extend opening hours and introduce evening wine tastings.