Guest Post: Five Fantastic Places To Eat In London For Any Budget

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Hi guys, I’m Leanne and I’ve been writing over on Broke in the Big Smoke about my life in London ever since I moved there almost exactly two years ago. I blog about events, tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants among other things and I also recently started a travel blog Eat Love Wanderlust where I share more about my travels across the world and UK as well as the things I love and even more food, because everyone loves food.

With that in mind I thought I would share my London expertise with you today here on Follow Your Sunshine and give you a rundown of five excellent restaurants I’ve visited in London that will suit almost any budget.


Fire & Stone


Pizza, that crowd pleasing food that keeps almost everyone happy and Fire & Stone has the best pizza I’ve eaten in London made all the more interesting by their city inspired topping choices. Like London; Cumberland sausage, streaky bacon, chunks of roast potato with roasted cherry tomatoes and roasted field mushrooms, Lisbon; Peri Peri chicken, avocado, mozzarella, onions, sweetcorn, chilli & coriander and Tokyo; Chilli & lime prawns on a sweet chilli base, vegetable stir fry with egg noodles, spring onion, coriander & sesame oil – definitely something for all tastes.

The Breakfast Club


Breakfast is my favourite meal but I am not a morning person so I fully advocate brinner (breakfast for dinner) and the best place for this has to be The Breakfast Club. There are a few of these across the city and there is always a queue so be prepared to wait but that just proves the food is totally worth the wait if so many people are willing to wait out in the cold for it! You can get everything here from traditional brunch dishes such as pancakes and eggs Benedict to breakfast burritos.


Bunnychow is a recent discovery (they’ve only had an actual bricks and mortar store in London for the last six months) but has quickly become my go to place for a quick bite to eat. A bunnychow is a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed out loaf of bread filled with curry, or in the case of here, lots of other delicious fillings which are bursting with flavour. The best part is how cheap they are, just £5 each or £4 for their award winning Full English Bunny, for that price you really can’t go wrong.

Jackson & Rye


Jackson & Rye do some of the best ever cocktails along with serving incredible food so it’s a great place to start your night it’s a mix of both a restaurant and bar so the atmosphere is lively. They specialise in American diner style food and nothing I have ever eaten here has been disappointed. I don’t tend to return to the same places in Soho multiple times given that there are so many of them but I’ve been here three times now and each time is as good as the last. A firm favourite.



Ah the magnificent Polpo, still one of the most memorable meals that I’ve had since moving, it’s one of those places where you can’t make a reservation in advance but the food is so good you don’t even care about the wait for a table or a place at the bar. I can only describe this as Italian tapas which are perfect for people like me who end up with food envy as you wish you’d ordered whatever your other dining companions are tucking into as it means you can try a bit of everything. My must try recommendations are the fried stuffed olives and the chilli & garlic prawns. It’s bit more expensive than the other places on this list but totally worth it.

Obviously there are way more restaurants in London than I could ever eat at but if you’re interested in seeing reviews of other places I’ve been to be sure to subscribe to my blog. A huge thank you to Polly for having me guest blog this week it’s been really fun even if it was super hard just to pick a top five!
Leanne, thank you so much for such a super list of great dining options in the Great British capital! As I returned to Doha only yesterday, this post has definitely added to my holiday blues. Leanne writes not just one but TWO fantastic blogs: Broke In The Big Smoke which is a gorgeous collection of foodie and entertainment reviews for places in and around London, and Eat Love Wanderlust which is a foodie, travel and lifestyle blog about the wider world in general. I am in awe of anybody that can hold down a busy job as well as writing two blogs, but when both blogs are as good as these are, I can only conclude that Leanne is some kind of genius. Head over for a read and say hi!


  1. I absolutely love Polpo! Have you been there, Polly?
    Lots of love,

    SilverSpoon London

    1. Never! But given that it seems to be so highly recommended AND it has my name in the title, I might have to go next time I'm home!

      Polly xx

  2. Polpo is one of my faves ! Great choice, reminds me I need to revisit :)

    With love, Hayley

    1. Excellent, pleased this has been a helpful reminder for you Hayley!! :-)

      Polly xx

  3. There's actually a secret speakeasy in the Spitalfields Breakfast Club, you access it through the fridge!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

    1. Ohh HELLO! That is why we all need a Suze in our lives. Great factoid, thanks Mrs LC.

      Polly xx