The Polar Choice staff have been there and done it all. Many of the guys that have worked with Polar Choice over the years have had the experience of studying English in London and have been through many of the experiences that our students go through. At Polar Choice we understand that coming to study in London or anywhere in the UK can be a daunting and expensive experience so with the help of the guys at the office I have compiled a list of our favourite places to dine for 2 people all for under £20.
A quick look on the net reveals many places to eat in London for under £20 but can you do it for two people? This blog is taken from the recommendations of our students who have been studying English in London. It's purpose is to help any stud nets, travellers or those looking for work survive on a budget during the first few months and we believe that the value on offer from these 5 restaurants cant be matched anywhere else. When making this list we also wanted to incorporate a broad range of restaurants to cover different tastes.
MASALEDER INDIAN RESTAURANT & TAKE AWAY- TOOTING
If your new to the UK you may be surprised to find that curry has been adopted as our national dish. If your staying in any of Polar Choice accommodations in south west London then we strongly recommend that you try the twos company takeaway meal deal on offer at Masaleder. In terms of quality the food is excellent and portion sizes are great. for just £20 you can get the following.
- 2x Naan Bread (Garlic & Plain)
- 2x Soft Drink
- 2x Main dish (choose from an extensive range my favourite is the signature lamb Masaleder)
- 2x rice (mushroom rice & plain rice)
- 4x onion bhaji
- 2x poppoadoms with chutneys
Basil & Pimento - Clapham Junction
Another great place for good take outs especially after a night out is Basil & Pimento in Clapham Junction. Paula one of the directors here at Polar Choice swears by it. The kebabs are cooked fresh and this is not your traditional kebab shop. If your out in Clapham and want to stop by expect long queue as this is a popular haunt for people on a night out. For under £20 we recommend
- Chicken Shawarma
- Kofta Kebab
- 2x drinks
Nando's - UK WIDE
Ok so this is the first of our major UK restaurant chains featured in this guide but we simply cannot ignore the value on offer. If your staying in accommodation in London or anywhere else in the UK then you will have seen many Nando's restaurants spanning the length and breadth of Britain. The meal platter at £19.95 is exceptional value and includes
- 1 whole chicken
- 1 large or 2 regular sides
- 2x bottomless soft drinks (free refills)
KAOSARN THAI RESTARURANT - BRIXTON & CLAPHAM
I couldn't do this list without including what I think is the best value Thai restaurant in South West London. For any students studying English in south west London or even west London we would recommend a visit. For starters you can bring your own alcohol as the the restaurant doesn't hold a licence for alcohol. In addition to that if you have ever been to Thailand and experienced the busy restaurants of bankok then you would be forgiven for instantly being transported back. The food is also very good and holds true to its roots for under £20 bring your own alcohol and try
- Gai Tad, Hot dip & Rice
- Beef Massaman curry & Rice
Domino's - UK WIDE
Who doesn't love pizza? When we discussed this list we couldn't leave out dominoes in fact it was probably the most popular choice in the office. We don't pretend that its the best pizza in London but in terms of value for money and getting a good feed simply call on any Tuesday and shoot for the 2 for Tuesday meal deal for under £20 go for
- 2 Large Pizza's of your choice
In the next year or so I will try and add to this list and discuss other venues with students but above should be enough places to get you started. As always if you need any assistance or advice on living away from home and working to a budget dont hesitate to get in touch we would love to hear from you.