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London offers some of the world’s best – and worst – dining. There is cuisine from every corner of the world and for every price bracket. Here is a selection of places to eat cheaply but well – our favourite eateries.

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S&M Café

Sausage and mash – in case you were wondering – is the staple of this classic cafe. It was in the film Quadrophenia as Alfredo’s and feels like a time-warp, with its comfort food and great portions. For afters, there’s spotted dick or apple crumble with custard...

4-6 Essex Road N1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7359 5361
Tube: Angel
www.sandmcafe.co.uk

The Stockpot

This small chain – the Panton Street branch is a particular favourite – is hectic. Really cheap food – three courses for under £10 – served fast, it’s perfect for those in a hurry for the theatre, or those who want a bargain-price reminder of British school dinners at their best. Great puddings.

40 Panton Street SW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7839 5142
Tube: Piccadilly Circus

Pierre Victoire

A Parisian-style bistro offering excellent food at rock-bottom prices in the heart of Soho – no wonder it’s always packed. Lunches are served up efficiently while, most evenings, there is also a piano player to entertain you and your date.

5 Dean Street W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7287 4582
Tube: Tottenham Court Road

The Sea Shell

Enroute to such tourist haunts as Madame Tussaud's and Abbey Road, this restaurant has become popular while maintaining its reputation for quality traditional fish and chips. You can sit outside in good weather or enjoy a takeaway.

49-51 Lisson Grove NW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7224 9000
Tube: Marylebone
www.seashellrestaurant.co.uk

Rock & Sole Plaice

Classic English fish ‘n’ chips, mushy peas and vinegar, all served up with a smile by a Turkish family who know the secret is to do the basics well: good value, fast service, nice stodgy desserts. We’re a long way from the sea here but it’s among the very best fish friers in London.

47 Endell Street WC2
Tel: +44 (0)20 7836 3785

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