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Cheap Restaurants with a London View

London is a city with so much to offer it can be hard to know where to start, and not to mention that prices in London can escalate quickly if you aren’t familiar with where you are or know how much things cost in advance.  

This is the same when dining out in London. The price of food in some fancy restaurants isn’t for the faint-hearted and being a student in London you will struggle to afford the most expensive restaurants London has to offer. 

This is why we’ve compiled a list of affordable restaurants and deals for you to visit. The landscapes and views London has to offer are also amazing and ever-changing so we have scoured the city to give you the best views at an affordable price. 

Let’s see what London has to offer.

London Restaurants with a Rooftop View

Aqua Shard, London Bridge

Serving traditional British cuisine pair the exquisite food with stunning views of the London skyline from Level 31 of the Shard, Western Europe’s tallest building. With restaurants based all over the world, this London restaurant showcases the area of Southwark in Central London. 

While the A La carte menu can be pretty pricey the Aqua Shard offers a few more affordable options. Bring along a friend and have a gorgeous afternoon tea for around £26 each. Or check out their lunch menu with 3-courses for only £34 per person, available from Monday-Friday. 

Check out their website here

OXO Tower Restaurant, Southbank

Owned by the famous Harvey Nichols the OXO tower restaurant in Southwark was the first of their standalone restaurants. Sweeping views of the Thames and St Paul’s Cathedral complete an excellent dining experience. 

Serving a seasonal British menu created by fabulous head chef Jeremy Bloor this restaurant is not to be missed.  

Take advantage of their winter menu until the 31st March with 3 courses for just £40. A handpicked selection of seasonal British vegetables and desserts to help you forget about the cold harsh weather outside. 

The OXO tower restaurant also offers Afternoon Tea from £35 per person. However, bear in mind that they are not able to accommodate vegan, gluten-free, or dairy-free diets within their Afternoon Tea options, which is a shame as the views from this restaurant really are spectacular. 

Check out their website here. 

Le Pont De La Tour, Tower Bridge

Experience delicious French cuisine in the view of Tower Bridge in Central London. While the inside of the restaurant oozes the Parisian chic of the 1930s the outside terraces face the Thames with stunning views of the city surrounding Tower Bridge. 

Try a range of French delicacies and take advantage of their set menu with 2 courses for £33 per person or 3 courses for £39 per person.  

Check out their website here. 

Plateau, Canary Wharf

If you love going for city walks then the Plateau restaurant is a great pit stop after a trip around Canary Wharf. Sitting on top of Canada Place opposite One Canada Square Tower take a lookout over the great London cityscape while dining on gorgeous contemporary French food. 

Sit out on their heated, covered terraces all year round or opt to sit inside and dine in their elegant main restaurant. 

In recent years Plateau has been committed to improving its sustainability by using ethically sourced food, reducing waste, recycling, and reducing energy and water consumption. 

Enjoy their mid-week set menu with 2 courses for £38 or 3 courses for £42 

Or why not visit the Plateau for Saturday brunch with 2 courses for £38 or 3 courses for £35 

Check out their website here. 

Rick Stein's restaurant

If you fancy visiting a quieter part of London Rick Stein’s restaurant is located in the Borough of Richmond in a tranquil riverside setting. Speciality fish seafood dishes dominate the menu giving a nod to their Cornish beginnings and an experience of cuisine from Cornwall. 

Relax and enjoy a break from the fast-paced London life whilst watching the Thames River flow by and watch out for local British wildlife and birds. 

Rick Steins’s offers a set menu of 2 courses for £22.95 or 3 courses for £27.95 making this restaurant the most affordable on our list so far, however, this doesn’t mean taste and experience are compromised. We definitely recommend checking out this seafood restaurant.  

Check out their website here. 

On water dining

Take a trip on one of London’s city cruises and experience London from a different point of view.  

Admire all the famous landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye Tower Bridge to name a few all while cruising down the river Thames whilst enjoying some excellent British made food and live performers. 

Enjoy Afternoon Tea with a friend from £39 each or why not have a 2-course lunch instead for the same price. We guarantee whichever you choose this is a great way to view London. 

Check out their website here.  

Other options for affordable dining in London 

Located halfway between East Finchley and Muswell Hill in North London Indian Rasoi has long since been recognized as one of the most recommended Indian restaurants in London. 

Indian Rasoi offers a rich, diverse menu and is known for its Mughlai dishes often requiring intricate masalas and elaborate preparations to offer their customers the best experience in their restaurant. 

It is well known that Indian food demands an extensive knowledge of spices and their use to create the perfect blend of flavour and taste. The dishes at Indian Rasoi do not disappoint and you will find yourself returning again and again. 

You can expect to pay around £25 per person, this includes a starter, curry, naan, and rice. 

Check out their website here. 

Located in Whitechapel, East London the Tayyab restaurant serves a range of expertly prepared Punjabi dishes.  

People rave about their lamb dishes and this is usually ordered alongside a multitude of other dishes and sides creating a great atmosphere and sharing table. 

Family-run each meal is lovingly prepared to give customers the best experience and keep them wanting more.  

Check out their website here

Dishoom 

Dishoom appears on every Internet search when looking for affordable recommended restaurants in London. They have several locations around the city including Kings Cross, Covent Garden, Shoreditch, and Kensington. Each restaurant location is grand and elegant, influenced by old cafes in Bombay. 

Food served by Dishoom is exquisitely and expertly prepared with all dishes paying homage to Bombay. Well, seasoned, prepared, and cooked by the best chefs the range of dishes and curries is outstanding.  

This restaurant is definitely not to be missed. You can expect to pay between £20- £30 per person depending on the main dishes and accompaniments chosen. 

Check out their website here. 

Located in Marylebone, West London, Trishna offers a twist on Indian food not seen in many other restaurants. Focusing its dishes on the coast of India you can expect to find the use of coconuts, mangoes, light herbs, and fish. Their fruity, sea-themed take on Indian cuisine makes them stand out from the crowd.  

Trishna is also a hit with vegetarians and vegans as their dishes are not primarily meat-based and the majority of dishes can be altered to fit any dietary requirements.  

Enjoy a 3-course meal for £35 or a 4-course meal for £40 

Check out their website here. 

Stick’n’Sushi has a variety of restaurants around London including Soho, Wimbledon, and Covent Garden. They proudly present a blend of Japanese traditionalists and a Danish anarchist in their cuisine. With nothing like their dishes seen before. 

Visiting a Stick’n’Sushi restaurant is about the whole experience and not just the food although their fresh sushi, yakitori sticks, and sweet desserts are something to behold. 

Build your own meal from their extensive menu, although this can quickly become expensive with some single dishes costing nearly £10 each.  

However, their set menus and meals are great value for money and you can expect to pay around £25-£30 per person. 

Check out their website here. 

London offers so many different dining opportunities, options, and cuisines, we hope this list of affordable options helps you start to discover the excellent food on offer in this busy capital city. 

Whether you are looking at finding a restaurant to celebrate a birthday or academic achievement or just want somewhere to grab lunch on the weekend the options above will help you get out and explore the city of London like you haven’t before.  

When people think of eating in London it can make them anxious about the amount of money, they will need for one meal but we have shown that a delicious and sometimes fancy meal can be had for under £40, excluding drinks, which we think is great. 

Here’s to exploring a new city, meeting new friends, and enjoying great food.

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