So far this blog has centred far too much on the bank-breaking, luxury that London has to offer – and I’d be fooling you if you thought that was how I dined on a regular basis!
So – back down to earth: Pizza Union.
Three minutes’ walk from Spitalfields Market, right next door to the Hummingbird Bakery, you’ll find Pizza Union, the “superveloche” (superfast) pizza joint where the highest price on the menu is £5.95.
Order at the bar (the menu is varied, with something for everyone) and wait all of five minutes for your buzzer to announce your pizza’s arrival. Thinly stretched with an excellent crust (choose from three flavours of crust dip to complete the experience) and generously topped, this is probably the best fiver you’ll ever spend.
Hopefully you still have £3 spare, because you must purchase the Dolce dessert: a pizza dough ring stuffed to bursting with Nutella and mascarpone. I don’t know who came up with idea, but wow, it’s good.
Lunch or dinner. Any time. It’s off the beaten track so doesn’t get busy like some of the other Spitalfields joints. Go with friends; it’s not a date spot. They do takeaway too.
All the pizzas looked pretty fab. Just make sure you leave room for the Dolce.
Ridiculously cheap! You would struggle to spend more than £10.
25 Sandy’s Row (corner of Middlesex Street), Spitalfields, E1 7HW