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GUEST POST: How to get lunch for the week for £5

In a previous post Anna voiced a problem a lot of us have:

“I’m a student and I don’t have enough money to spend £5 on lunch everyday, anyway to get this stuff out for even cheaper or is that pushing it?”

LUCKILY, the creator of Look what I found! The place to share your vintage and second hand finds Harriet Thurley has stepped in to show you how to get 5 days (that’s a working week FYI) worth of lunches for £5 in total (no word of a lie). And you can trust her since she’s so cheap she only wears secondhand clothes.

Here is her how to:

I’ve never met The Sandwich Man. He lurks in the depths of a warehouse off Exmouth Market. I think of him as a great pal, a Samaritan even, an inspiration. Why? You won’t believe me when I tell you: he gives me lunch for an entire working week for under a fiver!

Five fresh, delicious sandwiches from Monday to Friday at 90p a pop. They’re cheaper than the cover price as these sandwiches are part of the Sandwich Man’s catering empire. He delivers his baked creations to people with jobs in offices at higher prices and the ones they reject get delivered back to his warehouse where the unemployed can get them for discount prices.

Here’s what was on my menu last week:

Monday – Bacon and brie baguette (90p)

Tuesday – Pasta arrabatia (they even heat it up for you) (£1.50)

Wednesday – Cheese and pickle roll (50p)

Thursday – Wensleydale cheese and chutney roll (90p)

Friday – Houmous, tuna and pepper baguette (90p)

Total – £4.70, so I can even treat myself to a 50p can of fizzy pop on a Friday (if I find 20p on the floor).

This isn’t the extent of the goods on offer, though. Get pasta (heated, optional), hot jacket potatoes (cold, optional, but gross), curries, noodles and pastries too. (NB. Some of these may set you back £1.50!)

The Sandwich Man has kept me fed and watered while I’ve been a short-of-cash student. For that, I am eternally grateful.

His location is top secret (bar the tiny hint above). I’ll leave you to hunt him out for yourself. Go on, smell him out.

Rating: £££££

So there you have it, cheap cheap lunches. particulary handy for students of City University but worth hunting out for all.


GUEST POST: Nachos at Wetherspoons, Angel Islington

We’re excited to feature a review especially for Londonfood4afiver from one of our favourite new food blogs Nacho Times who have kindly sought out some fiver friendly nachos. 

Name: Wetherspoons

Location: Opposite Angel Tube Station

Price: £4.10

Rating: £££

There is nothing wrong with eating at Wetherspoons. For some reason, there seems to be a stigma attached to the chain and suggesting a Spoons-based snack can result in strange looks  or hysterical laughter. Why anyone would joke about eateries is beyond me. It’s not exactly a comedic goldmine.

Anyway, one reason to go there is the nachos. As a devoted nachoist, I have sampled triangles of glory all over London in search of the ultimate mouth party. Wetherspoons remains the most surprisingly consistent purveyor of chos. The best thing is the size in relation to the price. £4.10 for small nachos and they’re filling and adequately sized. In fact, I’d go as far as to say they tend to make for cracking meals (if not shared) alongside something with more nutritional value. Like a salad. Or some blueberries.

But why not just take a swim in Lake Nacho and savour the experience without any side orders clamouring for your tongue’s attention? They’re warm. The cheese is soft. The relishes utilised are spot on both in amount and flavour. You can order large nachos and be forced to “have a little sit” while the party dies down, or small nachos for an acute hit and room for more Strongbow (other ciders are available)

No, they’re not the best nachos I’ve ever reviewed, but you get a lot more joy than the meagre pricetag would have you believe. They’re satisfying, enjoyable, and you get change from a five pound note. What’s better than that? A lot of things actually, now I come to think of it. Like getting them for free. Or being paid to eat them. Or finding £50,000 in your coat pocket. But it’s still a Very Good Thing.

For more Nacho related updates (if you’re feeling too rich for our blog- show off) head to NACHO TIMES

Bikini Body Friendly Lunches (FOR £5 or LESS)

The sun is in town and while this can bring tans, days in the park etc it also means legs out, bikini on. As far as we’re concerned the sunny weather has made quite an early arrival this time round and you might not be quite prepared for  the wardrobe it brings.

So kindly here is a run down of cheap lunches you can get that are also bikini body friendly. To make sure you all have access to these combos and the nutritional info is reliable we are sticking with chain restaurants (the old reliable of caterers).

1. Monday:  Head to Pret A Manger and get a soup, skinny popcorn and a diet coke. Under £5 and bikini body friendly. The amount of popcorn you get to eat will also trick you into thinking you’re not even dieting.

Price: £4.99

2. Tuesday: Hit up Itsu for the Detox Seven Vegetables Broth and wash it down with Itsu vitamin enriched water. Super healthy.

Price: £4.79

3. Wednesday: Go to EAT and eat Smoked Scottish Mackeral and Beetroot salad which as well as being low in fat will make you well clever due to it’s Omega 3. Drink a green tea.

Price: £5

4. Thursday: Go to Wasabi for some sushi and a miso soup. Wide selection that you can get for under a fiver depending on your tastes.

Price: Most combos under £5

5. Friday: Get that friday feeling with a Naked Burritto at Tortilla all the good stuff just without the tortilla.

Price: £4.95 (get some tap water)

Weekend: sunbathe in your bikini/head to McDonalds (you’ve earnt it)

The stall on the left, Exmouth Market

Type: Indian
Where: Exmouth Market
Nearest Tube: Angel
Price: FIVER
Rating: ££££

Its been too long guys. We’ve been bad. After the video the fame got to us  and we got distracted from our purpose in life (that’s finding food for five pounds or less in the capital).


Kicking off the reviews is a lunchtime option in Exmouth Market. While we usually strive for places where you can sit in and eat your meal for a fiver Exmouth Market does have some outdoor benches so we’re bending the rules a bit. Note: sometimes drunk homeless men sit on these benches with you, we think it just adds to the experience.

Anyway this stall has no name but it is one of the two Indian food stall in Exmouth Market. It is the one that looks a bit more authentic and less polished. It is the one that sometimes has a smaller queue than the other (promising sign).

However for £5 you get their special of every dish they make in one large dish so that’s chicken tikka, chicken and spinach curry, dahl, vegetable curry, samosa, lamb kebab, pilau rice AND bread AND a bottle of water. It also all tastes really good. Go now.

McDonalds Review: There’s one on nearly every street in London

Name: McDonalds

Type: American Fast Food

Location: Most places in London, I particularly like the branch at Victoria train station

Rating: £££

There are some things in life we’re scared of saying. It could be telling someone you like how you really feel, admitting when a hobby has become a problem or telling a friend what they don’t want to hear. However, once you’ve said it you will feel better and that’s why I’m ready to admit it, admit a passion for something that so many people openly hate and slag off. Yes, I like McDonalds.Yes, I love McDonalds.

I like nearly everything about it. I like the fast service, the crispy fries, the multitude of sauces on offer (especially the restaurants that have TOMATO KETCHUP ON TAP), the variety of options and the exciting additions they have sometimes like onion rings or mozzarella dippers. But most of all I love the price, a regular chicken nugget meal costs £3.99. Upgrade to large and you’ve spent just over £4 AND  if you’re a student show you’re student id and you’ll get a free cheeseburger, hamburger, mcflurry or regular fries for free.

Maybe it isn’t the most exciting option or the most healthy but if you want to go for some cheap tasty food where you know what to expect, McDonalds gets my vote.