A more modern take on a pub. The food and cocktail menu offer a healthy alternative to the traditional pubs on every street corner. The eclectic menu has a calorie count on various food items and there are always monthly food and drink specials. Reasonably priced and great for dinner and drinks out with a group of friends.
Bea's of Bloomsbury
Bea's of Bloomsbury is a charming cafe perfect for a quick dessert on the go or for a reasonable (20 pound) sit down high tea that caters to those with a sweet tooth. Bea's offers a wide variety of tea as well as decadent treats including cakes, cupcakes, breads, and scones. Definitely try their famous Townies! A hybrid of a brownie and a tart.
A great reasonable lunch spot with healthy, artisan food. If you're in a rush grab one of the premade salads, sandwiches, or soups. With more time, I definitely recommend custom making your own sandwich. Benugo offers a wide variety of breads, meats, veggies, and spreads so you can create your own personal sandwich. At some locations students receive a 20% discount.
Chop'd is a fresh and healthy salad shop that uses only locally sourced and sustainable ingredients. You have the option to create your own salad by selecting some of their seasonal ingredients and homemade dressings, or you can chose a premade salad. Besides salads, Chop'd also offers soups, stews, and wraps.
One of Jamie Oliver's (famous British chef) restaurants. The Italian dishes are on the lighter side as Jamie has opted to only use fresh and healthy ingredients sourced from Italy. The menu is quite extensive so this is a good place for picky eaters.
The best macarons in London! There are so many flavors to chose from, all with a unique and satisfying taste. My favorite is vanilla but try them all! Laduree also serves afternoon tea in its Covent Garden and Harrods (Knightsbridge) locations.
Their motto is "Naturally Fast Food" and that's a pretty accurate statement. They have everything from a kale and peanut salad, to sweet potato falafel wraps, to Thai green chicken curry, and all of the dishes are marked with symbols to note if they are gluten-free, vegetarian, low-fat, and so on.
Great traditional Japanese food. The fish is always fresh. You have the option to order a la carte or get a set meal for a practical price. Many business and work meetings here.
A trendy shop, which specializes in organic, artisan, and sustainably, sourced food. Inside the shop there's a cafe upstairs, butchery downstairs, as well as juice bar and coffee shop. Perfect for a quick and healthy bite.
Create your own falafel salad bowl, or falafel pita sandwich, Lots of different salads, ingredients, and sauces to choose from. The falafel is very good, definitely up to par with what you will find in Israel. Great for a quick bite for lunch.
A chain restaurant located throughout London. The menu offers many different options to prepare your pizza, from classic to calzone to romana. There is even a section of pizzas under 500 calories with a side salad placed in the middle of the pizza. Great gluten free options as well (gluten free pizza dough). I recommend going here with a big group looking for a fun dinner out but not too expensive.
Pret A Manger
Quick and natural coffee and food shop. Serves tasty coffee and prepackaged snacks and lunches for on the go. Modern and clean atmosphere making it a great spot to do work or catch up with friends.
There are 3 locations located throughout the financial district of London. If you are looking for reasonable and authentic, traditional Indian food, this place is for you. More of a casual place so I recommend going for lunch, but it does get pretty busy with businessmen on their lunch break.
Sushi Samba *
Located on the 38th floor of the Heron Tower in the financial district of London, Sushi Samba offers spectacular views of the entire city of London. The cuisine is a combination of Japanese, Brazilian, and Peruvian making for a unique and flavorful meal. It's a bit pricy but this is definitely a dinning experience.
Pan-Asian style menu consists of ramen, teppanyaki, curry dishes, and donburi. They also serve fresh juices. Wagamama is a good dinning spot if you are looking for a very reasonably priced, casual, Asian meal.
Wahaca is a trendy and vibrant restaurant specializing in locally sourced and healthier Mexican street food. The restaurant is downstairs with a hip bar upstairs. I recommend getting lots of their smaller sized dishes to share. If you plan to get a drink, definitely get a margarita.
If you are craving a quick sushi fix and on a budget, this place is for you. Wasabi has a modern and clean design and falls under the category of naturally fast food. Offering an assortment of sushi, Japanese bento dishes (various chicken and rice bowls), and soups.