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Sawobali Cake Shop and Vegan Gluten Free Buffet! Its fairly close to the Monkey Forest, offering several dishes, some quite spicy. The food is OK, nothing special, but value enough at only 50K IDR for buffet. There’s also cakes and ice cream options!

Open Daily 10:00 ~ 23:00

Prince Charles Cinema

Prince Charles Cinema is nestled right between Chinatown and Leicester Square, showing a range of classic, art house and recent Hollywood films from £4 (members, selected films). They also run double-bills, midnight marathons, even sing-a-long sessions for musicals! In 2007 they promoted environmental causes by screening “An Inconvenient Truth” every week.

Quentin Tarantino has spoken of his support for the cinema and along with Uma Therman made a special introduction for their Double-Kill-Bill showing.

Their salted popcorn contains butter flavouring, but their Sweet popcorn is vegan! (corn, cane sugar & coconut oil).

Its probably the only cinema in London with real charm and loved by film buffs.

Walk from Leicester Square Station.
See website for cinema times.

Prince Charles Cinema - Ninth Wonder of the World

Wetherspoons, London

There are over 800 J.D. Wetherspoon Pubs across the Uk, with around 100 in London alone! While some branches are actually named & labeled as “Wetherspoons”, the majority of its pubs have individual names, with J.D. Wetherspoons as a sub name under the sign. They are the cheapest pub chain in the UK, with cask ale, pub grub, long opening hours and no music. They even have some vegan options on their menu, which you can see by selecting your dietary requirements here.

Many branches are huge, and with no music, the atmosphere is a bit different to most pubs, but some branches do show live sports, and it means you can actually have a conversation without screaming. Despite the low prices, many branches are quite modern and stylish. I can’t say the same for the clientele though.

The main reason to go to a Wetherspoons? It’s Cheap.

There are far too many branches to put on this map, so search for the closest one to you here.

Astor Quest

I have stayed a number of times at Astor Hostels in London. There isn’t anything particularly special about them, but I think they are the best bang-for-buck (or pound) in London. From £16 a night you can stay in a 4 bed dorm (some large rooms, some cramped depending on your luck), with comfortable bunk beds, in-room shower/toilet and wi-fi. They also offer a weekly rate, about £90, but you share with other “long termers”, no en-suite shower and its not as nice as the nightly dorms.

I think Bayswater is one of the best places to stay in London for a visitor, with access to the Central, Circle and District lines, Paddington Station is walkable and night buses run along Bayswater road. Queensway has a load of restaurants and shops, cinemas, bowling etc, and you can cross the road to Hyde Park, short stroll to Notting Hill, Portobello Road and Soho. There’s also Astor Hyde Park and Museum Inn (Near Russell Square).

Last time I Stayed there, they were in middle of restorations (which is good because it needed a little upkeep). The vibe is more relaxed and there isn’t as much in the way of events and parties. However this is another reason I chose to stay there as I was looking to work not party. A lot of people here are either long-term in the hostel or looking for longer-term accommodation in London, so its not just tourists passing through.

They have a high staff turnover (as with most hostels) and they offer accommodation-for-work to backpackers, but the long-term staff are great. It has a large and well equipped kitchen, with pots, pans etc available, but it gets very busy in peak times.

More information and booking at Hostelworld.

Astor Quest hostel

Astor Hyde

astor museum inn

Indian Veg Bhelpoori House

A strong challenger for London’s Best Cheap Eats is the Indian Veg Bhelpoori House in Angel Islington. Walk up Chapel Market, past the stalls, and you will find this simple buffet restaurant. At £4.50 all you can eat, its pretty hard to argue. Usually there are 3-5 curries, onion bhajis, popadoms, rice, salad etc. Its about 80% vegan, so just check which curries of the day are vegan as some may contain dairy.

The decor is pretty basic, and sometimes so is the food, but again its hard to argue with that price. Its just great value. The walls are covered in posters about Vegetarianism so you can read the walls while eating! Oh, and don’t forget to try a Vegan Mango Lassi, made with coconut milk!

Walk from Angel Station, just past the Chapel Street Market

Daily – 12:00 ~ 23:30

Indian Veg Bhelpoori House