Cheapest supermarkets in London
If you intend to come to London and want to know how much you will spend here, you have to keep in mind the lifestyle you want to have here. London is a city where rentals are expensive, but how much you spend depends on you. London is moved by the services, be it in hotels, deliveries, tourism and even restaurants, and these services are not cheap. Eating a main course with drink at a medium restaurant will cost at least 12 pounds. If you plan to eat out 2 or 3 times a week, the cost of food with certainty will be high. If your budget is limited, the best thing to do is to cook at home. You will find some chain of supermarkets that offer very competitive prices and a wide variety of products.
Lidl is one of the cheapest options. It offers a large range of lesser known brands but covers a wide variety of products. A pack of spaghetti costs £0.40 and a pot of tomato sauce, £1. For less than £1.50 you can make a meal for at least 4 people.
Aldi is another option with similar prices. You can find almost the same products with the same quality.
Morrisons is not as cheap as Lidl, but offers its own brand products called “good value” which has absolutely no design work with white packaging. However, it is easy to identify on the shelf and has great prices.
Tesco, Sainsbury’s and ASDA are other great chain options that offer decent prices but not as low as Lidl and Aldi. The “Express” stores or “Locals” (which are the smallest) offer fewer products and higher prices than the larger stores but they are really handy as you can always find one on your way.
Food markets and Local fairs are great for buying fruits, vegetables and offer fresh products at reasonable prices; the best option is to search for the local ones near your home.
If you are looking for ethnic markets you may find interesting the Wing Tai Supermarket, H-Mart specialized in Asian food, and the African Shopping centre in Brixton.
Two other options that you are sure to encounter are Poundland and Iceland. In Poundland you find all kinds of products for £ 1, from chocolates, stationery, cleaning products to home accessories. In Iceland you will find vast options of pre-frozen frozen foods, such as party appetizers, ready meals, meats, ice creams, etc. Also you can have a look at Coop (or Cooperative), it has fair prices and a good range of products.
Mark&Spencer and Waitrose are fancy shops to buy food. They have great products if you want to buy finest food like wine, cheese and desserts. You can find a large range of higher quality products but make sure you have money as their prices are higher than all the others.
If you have some knowledge in the kitchen or are willing to learn, you will not have a problem with food in London. It is one of the most culinary-diverse cities in the world. Keep your mind open and carry always a bag with you, is quite typical to go around different supermarkets to buy the offers of the day.
Following a table with the price comparisons:
Prices from June/July 2017.