Quick & Affordable Lunch Spots in London

Last Saturday my friend and I decided to take the train in to London and spend the day amongst crowds of tourists, red double-deck buses and busy shoppers. We hit some of my favorite places, and as always – ended up walking way too much and spending a little more than planned…

When I spend the day in London, I often come to the point where I’ve lost track of time, and suddenly feel tired and a little hangry – anybody else? By the time the feeling hits me I’m most likely not in the mood to be walking around for ages trying to find somewhere to eat, and more often than not, I end up at Pret. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good wrap from Pret, but you can get that pretty much anywhere.

So if you’re like me, and would like to have a couple of affordable, quick and not to mention good lunch spots in the back of your mind, carry on reading!

This list could quickly become a bit overwhelming, as there are tons of good lunch places in London. I often find myself lost regarding what and where to eat, so I have narrowed it down to two places. For more London recommendations, check out my posts “72 Hours in London” and “A Day Out in London“.

Whole Foods

Where: Glasshouse Street, Piccadilly Circus (other locations: Kensington and Camden)

If you’re in a hurry, Whole Foods is the best way to go. There is so much variety and you’ll definitely find some thing you’ll love. My personal favorite is the salad bar where I can get everything I want in one big bowl. Usually this includes couscous, baby spinach, hummus, cherry tomatoes, tuna, falafels and the list goes on. Their pizza is delicious as well and I love the fact that you can grab one or to slices to go. Whole Foods is also the place you want to go for a quick snack – sweet, salty, healthy – they have it all. My tips: the triple green smoothie or a delicious pastry (balance, right..?).

by Chloe.

Where: Drury House, Coven Garden (other location: Tower Bridge)

I really wanted to visit by Chole when I went to New York a couple of years ago, but there was just not enough time – so I was super excited when I found out they opened spots in London too. I first went last fall and have since then been there a few more times. If you love comfort food, this is the place for you. They serve plant-based, vegan fast food, but trust me – you wouldn’t be able to tell. Their creamy Mac ‘n’ Cheese is heavenly, as is The Guac Burger. Full menu can be found here.

Sweet Treat: Crosstown Doughnuts

Where: Broadwick Street, Soho (other locations: Fitzrovia, Marylebone, Victoria and Piccadilly)

Have a sweet tooth and love Instagramable treats? Head to Crosstown Doughnuts and you won’t regret it. My friend took me there for the first time, and OMG why have I not heard of this sooner? They offer both regular and vegan options, and we went for the Lime & Coconut one – delicious!



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