If you’re a foodie, London is the best city in the world to be in. Whether you’re here for a few days, weeks, or months, you’re sure to have great eating experiences. But, London is also one of the most expensive cities to eat in. Even the simplest meals can set you back a pretty penny, especially if you’re travelling as a family.
A great way to save some money if you are visiting London is to book one of the premium holiday flats with A Place Like Home and cook in your well-equipped kitchen. Therefore, you can take advantage of local ingredients from nearby farmers' markets and transform them into your British favourites in the comfort of your own home.
Hundreds of farmers' markets are embedded like jewels in the city. To trade at a London farmers’ market, the farms where the produce is grown or made must be within 100 miles of the M25 (London’s main highway).
South Kensington has a farmers’ market on Tuesdays and Saturdays where you can buy fresh, local ingredients for hearty meals at a fraction of the price of eating out!
If you’re happy to venture out further, be sure to visit Alexandra Palace Market in Barnet, Brixton Market, or Borough Market in London Bridge to shop for a fantastic selection of mouth-watering breads and pastries, cheeses, fresh meat, fish, poultry, and other produce, as well as sample foods from around the world at hundreds of stalls.
Breakfast at home is the best money-saver; it's quick, easy, and cheap—options include local fruit and yogurt, porridge, fresh breads with jams, and for a lazy morning in, the quintessential fry-up or Full English (traditionally featuring eggs, bacon, and sausage, baked beans, grilled tomato, mushrooms, hash browns, and toast, served with tea or coffee and orange juice!) A Full English for four could cost you anywhere between £35 and £70 in a café or restaurant, and probably won’t be farm-to-table like yours!
After a day of sightseeing or shopping, a comforting dinner of beer-roasted chicken and vegetables might be just the thing you need. A pub roast for four could cost you £40-£100 and won’t be nearly as delicious!
By now, maybe you’re craving grilled cheese; whip up the local version, aka Welsh Rarebit, it’s pretty scrumptious! Otherwise, four sandwiches could set you back £20-£30.
You can also stock your fridge with yoghurt and seasonal berries or British cheeses to be eaten with fruits or oatcakes for quick and healthy snack options.