Who cares if you just got paid? Something about free food just tastes better. Here are three places where you can chow down this week without spending a dime.
Cheese, beans, meat - burritos have got all the main food groups covered, and they taste extra good when you haven't had to pay for them. Mexican restaurant Benito's Hat turns seven on October 1 and to celebrate, they're hosting a birthday fiesta with games, prizes, litres of margaritas and free burritos for all. Choose from chipotle chicken, slow-cooked pork or grilled steak - just turn up between 5pm and 10pm to claim your free food. Available at Covent Garden, Bromley, Goodge Street, Oxford Circus and Farringdon branches. October 1, 5pm-10pm.
Sack off your usual meal deal combo and for a free lunch at Pachamama, which is offering Time Out readers a fancy freebie of sea bass ceviche served in tiger’s milk. It's available for the whole of October, so you can keep it in reserve for those dark days before payday. 18 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JY. October 1-31. Available noon-3pm Tuesday-Friday and noon-4pm on weekends. Book your lunch by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barleys and Buns
London can't get enough of Taiwanese-style bao buns at the moment, so it's a good thing we'll soon have somewhere else to get our fix. This week, Soho's Spice Market restaurant is launching Barley & Buns, a new pop-up that will take over its ground floor until Christmas. To celebrate, they're giving away 100 free bao buns on October 1 from 1pm – all you have to do is turn up and grab one. Expect buns filled with soy-glazed short ribs, crispy soft shell crab, Malaysian veggies, or a dessert-style bao that's filled with coconut jam and deep-fried. Spice Market, 10 Wardour St, Leicester Square, W1D 6QF.
Got a few pennies to spare? Head to one of London's best cheap eats.