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Eating Out in London On a Budget


Hello everyone & welcome back to blog number 2!


So I was extremely fortunate enough to spend 10 weeks this past summer in this amazing city as part of an internship programme. As we all know ... London is crazy expensive, especially for a Glasgow gal who's used to living at home. Luckily, I was funded throughout my whole time in London, but that still meant that I had to budget so that I could at least keep myself fed each week, as well as go out to try out all the beautiful things that the city had to offer.


In this blog, I'm gonna take you through my fave food spots that will have your taste buds singing and your bank account happpppy! The amazing thing about London is the crazy mixed culture, you don't get that in a lot of places, so when it comes to food it means you get one-of-a-kind authentic experiences. My mouth is watering and my stomach is rumbling just thinking about all the places I ate from and I'm so excited to share them all with you.



PORTOBELLO ROAD MARKET

Just loooook at that Paella (heart-eyes emoji) .. This place is literally food heaven located in the cutest little place near Notting Hill. So you get an instagrammable location, great lively vibes and amazing cheap food, what more could you ask for?! Prices range from around £5 - £10 for one plate of food and it's big servings, so no need to worry about having to fork out more money to fill you up.


Every week new or old street food vendors set up their stands and sell food to the public, everyday apart from Sundays. The type of cuisines served come from Jamaica, Asia, Africa, Europe and everything else in between. You crave it, they serve it!



FLAT IRON


£10 Steak ... yep you read it right. Now you can't get better than that. When I heard about this place from a recommendation, I couldn't have went there faster. There is just one steak on the menu (Flat Iron Steak - pictured above) and another special one which is a little more pricey. You also get a selection of sides and sauces (if you're like me and like spice, I recommend the Fred's sauce)


There are 6 different locations of this restaurant all over London, with Soho & Covent Garden probably being the most popular. As they are a predominantly a walk-in restaurant, I would avoid the busy areas at all costs. However, If you do find a queue without a ridiculous wait time, it's worth the wait.



PEGGY PORSCHEN'S CAKES


Now, I have a crazy sweet tooth so this place was perfect for getting those cravings sorted. When my American friend Gabby (shoutout to you girl!!) came to visit me, we went to Peggy Porschen's for a lovely Sunday brunch, to give her the real English experience. The little cafe alone speaks for itself with its amazing decor and amazing customer service. There are an array of cakes, macaroons and not to mention the best tea ever. I much prefer herbal tea to black/English tea but this surpassed my expectations. Prices range from around £5.40 for cupcakes to around £7 for a slice of layered cake. For me this treat was worth every penny.


Make sure to get yourself a picture outside, it's too pretty not to.



HOMESLICE

Pizza done well. Homeslice make their pizzas in a wood-fired oven and the result is epic. You get lots of different toppings to choose from, creating incredible flavour combinations. A few friends and I went to Homeslice in White City during their opening day and we got to have unlimited slices of pizza for £10, a deal too good to pass up. On a normal basis, you can choose a 20" whole pizza (£20) or by the slice (£4). Grab some friends and get your self down to Homeslice. With 5 different locations around London, there's no excuse!



DINERAMA


Saved the best 'til last - 10/10 and I couldn't recommend any more!!


Dinerama was introduced to me from another recommendation and it did not disappoint. It is an inside food court filled with street food vendors (such as BABEK pictured above, which sells gourmet kebabs) as well as beer/wine/spirit bars. The atmosphere in Dinerama itself is incredible, making the food an drink an added bonus.


Located in Shoreditch, Dinerama is opened on Wednesdays - Saturdays from 5pm til late. Entry is free before 7pm and £3 thereafter. Depending on which vendor you go to, prices will differ however, you can expect to spend no more than £15 for a meal and drink.


Do not miss out!


And that's it for this week, I really hope you enjoyed this blog and come back for more next Sunday. If you try out one of these places the next time you're in London, let me know whatcha think.


Until next time,

D x

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