London might be one of Europe’s most expensive cities -- but that doesn’t mean you need to go broke while feeding yourself! There are plenty of bargains to be had -- and for £15, or $25, you can find yourself a good meal.
Soho is home to every cuisine you can imagine -- Vietnamese, Lebanese, Japanese, and more. One great place is Bibimbap in Soho, where you can get a variety of bibimbap dishes for under £10.
Bibimbaps are great because they have a little bit of everything: rice, vegetables, meat, and sometimes an egg on top. For the quintessential Korean meat dish, try the beef bulgogi bibimbap.
With the pervasiveness of curry on British menus, it might as well be the national food! For the best curries, head to Brick Lane in the East End. At Aladin in Brick Lane, you can find a variety of chicken, lamb, and vegetarian curries for under £10 ($15).
Chicken tikka masala may be the most popular curry dish -- but if you’re going all the way to Brick Lane, you’ll find adventurous curries of all intensities. If you want spicy, go for the vindaloo -- just be sure to pick up a lassi as well!
A giant bowl of pho -- a steaming, spicy soup that is Vietnam’s most famous export -- is the perfect dish on a gray, gloomy day. While London serves up lots of gray days, the Pho chain has several locations in central London.
There are several varieties of Vietnam’s most famous dish here -- beef, chicken, seafood, and vegetarian. Try the bun bo Hue for a special spicy soup from the imperial city of Hue.
Most of the soups are under £10, leaving you room in your budget to have one of their fresh-squeezed juices as well.
Any serious foodie visiting London needs to pay a visit to Borough Market, filled with exotic food products from all over Britain. While the free samples alone could fill you up, supplement your excursion with one of the best sandwiches in the city.
Across from Monmouth Coffee is a vendor selling sandwiches with chorizo, roasted red peppers, and rocket (arugula) from just £3.75. You can get a single or double up on the fillings. My advice? Get the double. Pair your sandwich with an excellent cup of coffee from across the street.
Another place that deserves note is the duck confit sandwich vendor, just by the market’s main entrance. A sandwich filled with duck confit will cost you £5 on its own or £8 with a cup of hot mulled wine.
No matter where you go in London, pubs abound -- and in nearly all of them, you can get a pint and a pie for under £15.
One nice pub is The Defectors Weld in Shepherd’s Bush, where you can get a pint and one of the several daily pies with gravy, mash and peas for £9.25. They also have a great, shareable meat board for £14 and a vegetarian board for £12.
Forget all the stereotypes you’ve heard about British food -- it’s largely overblown, and these dishes are delicious!
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Kate McCulley, better known as Adventurous Kate, has been a full-time travel blogger for more than 2.5 years. She specializes in independent and solo travel for women, and is particularly interested in budget adventure travel. Kate is originally from the Boston area and has most recently lived in London. She has been to more than 30 countries on 5 continents. Kate is currently traveling with her partner Mario and taking photos for SomeoneOnceToldMe.com. Their goal is to get 1000 photos and stories from people around the world. Visit Kate's site at AdventurousKate.com and follow her on Twitter at @adventurouskate. You can also follow her on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus.
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