Feeling a bit peckish? Visiting London can be exhausting, between Google mapping Harrods, gawking over the crown jewels at the Tower of London, and trying not to get hit by a bus in Trafalgar Square, you might have forgotten to look up some good lunch spots.
For the new Londoner, finding a decent place to eat can be challenging. While the British aren’t known for their cuisine, these local hotspots will provide you with tasty but authentic British food. Whether you are craving some traditional fish n’ chips or are looking for a full meal, these three popular lunch spots are perfect for a sightseeing hungry Londoner:
£12.20 for Traditional Fish & Chips
If you are looking for a more traditional English lunch, that includes flaky battered fish and fries, this is one of the highest rated fish and chip shops in London. With three locations, Poppie’s boasts the real deal with fresh fish cut every morning and legendary potatoes. Poppie’s has three locations in London, one on Hanbury Street, one in Soho, and another on Hawley Crescent. If you are in Soho and visiting some local theaters this is a great place to grab a bite.
£3 – £7 for pasties
Perhaps you want to grab a quick lunch as you catch the train to Windsor or a lunch to grab on your way back from Oxford. If you are looking for a flaky pastry filled with meat and potatoes, a traditional British pasty is the perfect on-the-go snack. This popular pasty chain has a few locations in London, all conveniently located near busy train stations. Whether you are coming or going, you can grab one of these tasty pasties at Waterloo, Victoria, Shard or Marylebone Station.
£14.95 for the two-course special (main course, dessert and a soft drink)
As creepy as the name might sound, the food combined with where you are eating is definitely a great way to have a good story in your back pocket and to enjoy some good food! In the chasms of Trafalgar Square sits this café at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. Located between the rush of tourists above you in Trafalgar Square and the bodies resting below you under 18th century stone, this café serves only the living. Sandwiches, soups, vegetarian options, and the option for Afternoon Tea, this rather deathly eatery is a great way to fill up while you enjoy the busy days on the streets of London.