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Quick, inexpensive lunch options near Buckingham and Tower of London

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Husband and I will be in London in September and I'm looking for some decent lunch options near Buckingham/Westminster and also near Tower of London.

We have a pretty tight schedule so hoping to find somewhere not too expensive that we can get in and out of in about 30 mins (on a Friday near Buckingham and on a Monday near TOL).

A friend of mine insists that we try Wagamama at least once. I noticed there are outposts near both sites, so I was thinking we could make that a lunch stop on one of the days, but not sure which (ie is it more likely we can find other, better options near the Palace or near the Tower)?

The day we visit the Tower, I was thinking of hopping on a river boat at Tower Pier and taking it to Westminster Pier, so I don't want to stray too far.

Any suggestions?

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  1. If you want to eat quickly and inexpensively, probably going to one of the better chains in London would is a good bet. Pret A Manger (many locations) or Prezzo are fine. I used to love Wagamama years ago when I was a tourist. I think it was because there was nothing like it where I lived in the States. It's not the best of noodle restaurants, but it's not the worst either. If you cross over from the Tower of London over Tower Bridge, there are a lot of choices over on the Southbank.