Wondering whether to have a burger or chips?
Or what the shrapnel in your back pocket can afford?
(Brownie points if you know what song that lyric is from)
Fear not. With these six best London food apps, you can afford a burger AND chips.
Nez is my go to app for lunch. They have an incredible list of cafes and restaurants to choose from (if you’re in Fitzrovia/Bloomsbury, I wholly recommend The Gentleman Barista’s huge and tasty salad.
Best of all, you can collect points for rewards such as even more money off dishes and even free food and drink. Nez also find discounted offers on restaurants too.
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Help reduce food wastage and get money off meals and desserts with Toogoodtogo. It’s a win-win for everyone so there’s no excuse not to download.
Perfect for grabbing something on the way home from work or treating yourself after a tough day at the office with something sweet!
What dishes you’ll get in your Magic Bag is a bit of a lottery, but when the meals are better than half price, you won’t be complaining.
I got this for £3 instead of £12 from the Department of Coffee and Social Affairs…
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Lunch for less than a fiver? In London?! Surely you can’t be serious. I am being serious. And don’t call me Shirley.
That joke doesn’t really work written down does it…
Anywho, Mealpal offers lunch for less than a fiver…
There’s lots of chains like Yo Sushi and Wrap It Up to more independent food places like Pilau and Patty and Bun.
As well as discounts on food, Embargo also have money off bars too.
The more you visit a restaurant or bar, the better your offers get. That’s a loyalty program I can get behind.
So if you have a favourite bar or restaurant, it’s definitely worth checking to see if they’re on Embargo (or you might just find your new favourite place…).
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Looking to dine in? Make a reservation and get 10-50% off your bill (discounts vary depending on the time of day you eat).
Discoeat also handily display the Google ratings (not that you’ll need it, the calibre of restaurants are high on this app).
I find the map feature is great if you’re out and about and don’t know what food to eat.
And if you’ve got your heart set on a particular restaurant, it’s worth checking to see if they’re on OpenTable (they most likely are).
You can collect points to spend on future meals. If you’re lucky, OpenTable might even have a deal on the restaurant you’re looking at too.
And of course there’s Ubereats who email offers every now and again. Use my Ubereats discount code, eats-timothyc4380ue, for £15 off your first order (minimum £20 order).
I’d also recommend downloading the WalkUp (formerly Walkin) app too which lets you virtually queue up for restaurants without actually being outside. We used it for the very busy Hoppers in Soho and the user experience was pretty seemless (I can also highly recommend eating at Hoppers too – we had a dosa the size of my head!).
And while these aren’t apps, you can still save money on the best food in London
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New Restaurant Soft Launches
Get as much as 50% off your food bill by eating at soft launches. Let’s face it, London’s food scene is incredible and there’s always new places popping up.
Before a restaurant officially launches, it’ll advertise a soft launch where it opens it’s doors for diners while they figure everything out and iron out the kinks in service.
I recently enjoyed 50% off at the lovely Flesh and Buns (complete with press for Pisco buttons on the table) in Fitzrovia.
You can keep up with the latest soft launches in London on London On The Inside.
Time Out Food Offers
Time Out refresh their restaurant offers frequently so it’s always worth checking in and they always have a wide variety to suit even the fussiest of eaters.
I’ve previously enjoyed the bottomless afternoon tea at Cutter and Squidge which was 50% off. You buy vouchers which you mention when booking your table (there will be terms and conditions about when you can use your voucher), print them off and take along with you.
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Michelin Star Deals
Looking to impress? Or maybe your taste buds are bigger than your wallet also?
Dine out at Michelin Star restaurants while saving a little money at the same time.
Check out Bookatables’ Michelin Star Experience deals for 3+ course deals at the very best restaurants London has to offer.
Earth and Wheat
Okay, Earth and Wheat isn’t specific to London, but I’ve been using them for the past few months and think they’re great.
Earth and Wheat collect misshapen baked goods from bakeries who would otherwise throw them out. You can expect baked goods like crumpets, tortillas and naan bread to name a few for only £6.99.
They send the boxes using next day delivery to your house so your food is fresh! You can freeze your baked goods too (which I do because it’s quite a lot for two people).
Here’s an example box I received.
Ot only are Earth and Wheat food waster heroes, for every box ordered, they donate to UK food banks.