In our post-lockdown worlds, Monday is the new Friday. That’s all thanks to the government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, a money-saving initiative designed to get people back out dining and to rescue a hospitality industry that’s currently on its knees. Throughout August, punters visiting participating restaurants from Monday to Wednesday can get half-price food (and soft drinks), up to a total of £10 per person.
But with venues operating at limited capacity, London’s cult venues have seen their booking systems crammed full from the start of the month. In living proof that we now live in the Upside Down, restaurants with some of the biggest bargains are full to the brim from Monday to Wednesday instead of Thursday to Saturday. Don’t worry, though: we’ve found some stellar restaurants with availability from in August. And you still have this week (and the bank holiday Monday!) to cash in on the deal.
Here’s a list of top dinner tables we’ve scouted out for you. But do bear in mind that many top restaurants still have lunch slots up for grabs. And if there’s somewhere you’re desperate to go, give them a call – last-minute cancellations might mean a freed-up table. Plus, some of the places in our best London restaurants list hold back a set amount of tables for walk-ins, including Tandor Chop House and Smoking Goat, so if you’re dining à deux or are even on a solo outing it might be worth trying your luck for some slashed-price grub.
Padella Borough and Shoreditch branches
You can use the WalkUp app to virtually queue when in the vicinity of both branches.
Kitty Fisher’s Mayfair
Half-price oyster supper, anyone?
Hide Above Mayfair
Michelin-starred dining from Ollie Dabbous at a snip of the price.
Sea Garden and Grill Tooting
J Sheekey Covent Garden
Casa Pastor King’s Cross
You can book indoors or choose to sit outside in the vibey (and socially distanced) Plaza Pastor.
Kricket Soho and White City branches
The Shed Notting Hill
Can’t get a table at Hawksmoor? Head this way for bargain steak and chips.
Roka Aldwych, Canary Wharf, Charlotte Street and Mayfair branches
Gunpowder Tower Bridge
Offering four dishes for a tenner. Limited late-night and early evening tables.
Scully St James’s
Limited early evening tables are available.
Temper Covent Garden
Enjoy the restaurant’s ‘steak supper club’ for just £19. Limited late-night tables available.
Limited late-night tables are available on Monday 31.
Barrafina Coal Drops Yard
Limited early evening counter seats available.
Som Saa Spitalfields
Limited late-night tables are available tonight (Monday August 24).
Limited tables are available tomorrow (Tuesday August 25).
Limited late-night tables are available on Wednesday August 26.
Limited late-night tables are available today (Monday August 24).
Details of availability correct at time of publication (11am, Mon Aug 24).
This map shows all the restaurants participating in Eat Out to Help Out in London.
Looking for bargains beyond Wednesday? Check out our list of London’s best cheap eats.