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If you're wondering when's a good time to get a table at London's hard-to-book restaurants, the midweek lunch spot is your best bet. Not only are you likely to be in with more of a chance of snapping up a table, but you'll also get the opportunity to eat in some of London's top restaurants often for less than the price you'd spend on a meal out in your local gastropub. Here are our picks for some of the best lunchtime deals in town. It's not an exhaustive list, but it's a good start - how about trying one a month and working your way through? 

A few things to note:

  • Always make sure that the set lunch deal is running for the day of your booking
  • Although the set lunches are pretty rigid in themselves, if there's something you've always wanted to try from a restaurant and don't mind paying full price for that one dish - you might be able to add it on to what you're ordering.
  • And if you want to stick to the budget, be very wary of the wine list in these places, that way penury lies.

 

 

Alain Ducasse at the DorchesterAlain Ducasse at the Dorchester

53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

This three Michelin-starred restaurant is hidden inside the Dorchester and normally costs an arm and a leg. The set price lunch is an excellent way to test the place out without hurting your bank balance too much and changes every Wednesday.

The choice: Three to four options per course.
The offer: 
Three courses (amuse-bouche and mignardises too), two glasses of wine, half a bottle of mineral water and coffee or tea for £65.
Available: Tuesday to Friday

Find out more about Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester


 

 

alynwilliamsAlyn Williams at The Westbury

37 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2YF

Alyn Williams' Michelin-starred restaurant is offering its set lunch on a Saturday too.

The choice: Two options per course during the week and five options on Saturday.
The offer: 
Tuesday - Friday: three courses for £30, Saturday: three courses for £40
Available: Tuesday to Saturday

Find out more about Alyn Williams at The Westbury


 

 

aquaAqua Shard

The Shard, 31 St. Thomas Street, London SE1 9RY

Dinner in any of the Shard's restaurants can be hard on the wallet, but head up there for lunch and you can take advantage of Aqua Shard's set price lunch and enjoy the view while you're there. 

The choice: Three to four options per course.
The offer: 
Two courses £28 or three for £34 (both including a belliini)
Available: Monday to Friday

Find out more about Aqua Shard


 

 

AquavitAquavit

St James's Market 1 Carlton Street, London SW1Y 4QQ

St James isn't the first, second or even third place you'd look to for a bargain meal out in London but two courses for under £25 is a bit of a steal in these here parts. Expect a bit of Nordic action here.

The choice: Two options per course
The offer: 
Two courses, £24, three courses £28.50
Available: Monday to Friday

Find out more about Aquavit


 

 

Bar Boulud London Bar Boulud London

66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

Daniel Boulud's Bar Boulud London is a perennial hit, and has had a recent refurb too. This is the second restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental to offer a great lunch deal (although sadly their great burgers aren't included).

The choice: Two choices for main course, but daily changing menu.
The offer: 2 courses for £20 or 3 courses for £24 
Available: Monday to Saturday from 12 to 6.30pm 

Find out more about Bar Boulud London


 

 

BernardiBernardi's

62 Seymour St, Marylebone, London W1H 5BN

This Italian restaurant in Marylebone is from Cubitt House alumni and serves up warming Italian fare and is a great option for dodging the shopping crowds. 

The choice: Three choices per course. 
The offer: Two courses for £27 and three for £30.
Available: Monday to Friday from 12 to 3pm. 

Find out more about Bernardi's


 

 

Claude Bosi at BibendumClaude Bosi at Bibendum

Michelin House, 81 Fulham Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 6RD

Claude Bosi moved on from Hibiscus, landing in South Kensington's iconic Bibendum building, home of the Michelin Man. It's a VERY good looking room, and the chef won his two Michelin stars back too. 

The choice: Two choices per course. 
The offer: Two courses for £35 and three for £40 (and add a 1/2 bottle of wine and coffee for £53.50).
Available: Wednesday to Friday from 12 to 2.15pm. 

Find out more about Claude Bosi at Bibendum


 

 

The Coal ShedThe Coal Shed 

One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London SE1 2RZ

This Brighton fave has landed in London at the One Tower Bridge location. Expect a mix of seafood, steaks and grills - with a big emphasis on seasonality. And the desserts aren't to be missed. 

The choice: Seasonally changes, best of the menu that week. 2-3 options per course. 
The offer: Two courses for £20, three for £24.
Available: Monday to Saturday 12 – 6.30 pm

Find out more about The Coal Shed


 

 

Corrigan's Corrigan's Mayfair 

28 Upper Grosvenor St, Mayfair, London W1K 7EH

Richard Corrigan's Mayfair restaurant (around the back of the Grosvenor) is the higher end of his two London restaurants (he also owns Bentley's) and serves up a seasonal menu at lunch.

The choice: Three options per course. Cheese as a supplement.
The offer: Two courses for £32, three for £38.
Available: Monday to Friday + Sunday 12-3pm

Find out more about Corrigan's Mayfair


 

 

Craft londonCraft London

Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ

Stevie Parle's east London restaurant is about as seasonal and locally sourced as you can get in the capital. It's easily the best thing by the O2, but it's really worth travelling up there for excellent cooking (and make sure to pop into the deli downstairs too).

The choice: Tasting menu.
The offer: Three courses + snacks for £38 
Available: All day, every day.

Find out more about Craft London


 

 

Dame de PicLa Dame de Pic

Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ

Sophie-Anne Pic (with Michelin stars to her name in France) has brought her style of high-end French dining to the rather opulent Four Seasons right by Tower Bridge. 

The choice: 3 options per courses 
The offer: 
£29 for 3 courses, £39 for 3 

Find out more about La Dame de Pic


 

 

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA

Heston and Ashley Palmer-Watts' Mandarin Oriental restaurant is always one of the most popular restaurants in London thanks to Heston's name on the door. You won't get the Tipsy Cake or Meat Fruit for this price but it's a good way to experience one of the hottest tickets in town (and you can always add one of those on too).

The choice: 2 options per courses 
The offer: 
£45 for 3 courses (£9.50 supplement for cheese)
Available: Monday to Friday from 12-2pm

Find out more about Dinner by Heston


 

 

Ella CantaElla Canta

One Hamilton Place, Park Lane, London W1J 7QY

This high-end Mexican restaurant has Martha Ortiz wowing the critics. It's definitely on the pricey side, so the set lunch is a steal.  

The offer: Three courses £36
Available: Monday to Friday 

Find out more about Ella Canta


 

 

Elystan StreetElystan Street

43 Elystan St, Chelsea, London SW3 3NT

Dinner at Phil Howard's Michelin-starred Chelsea spot Elystan Place can end up being pretty punchy, which makes their set lunch deal an even bigger draw. 

The offer: Two courses £35, three courses £42.50
Available: Monday to Friday from 12.30 - 14.45 

Find out more about Elystan Street


 

 

feraFera

Claridge’s, Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR

Simon Rogan may not be involved any more, but this restaurant is still the main attraction at Claridge's and it has a Michelin star to boot, making it a popular choice. 

The choice: Two - three options per course 
The offer: Three courses for £42 (For Fera's Signature Snacks an extra £10, additional cheese course is £16 or have it instead of dessert for £8.)
Available: Monday to Sunday

Find out more about Fera


 

 

feraFrenchie

16 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH

This Parisian import quickly got a lot of positive buzz, showing that it is possible to make a very successful move from Paris to London. The set menu at lunch is an ideal chance to try it out.

The offer: Two courses for £26 and three for £29
Available: Monday to Friday

Find out more about Frenchie


 

 

The Game BirdThe Game Bird

The Stafford London, 16-18 St James's Place, London SW1A 1NJ

This is the main restaurant at the Stafford hotel, where James Durrant has brought in a fine dining restaurant with a big emphasis on British cooking. 

The choice: Three options per course
The offer: Two courses for £25, three courses for £30

Find out more about The Game Bird


 

 

Galvin at WindowsGalvin at Windows

Hilton, 22 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1BE

Managed by the masterful Fred Sirieix (he of First Dates fame), here's where you can experience fantastic food with that 'magic touch', enjoying one of the best views in London on top of the Park Lane Hilton Hotel overlooking Hyde Park.

The choice: Three options per course (£8 supplement for cheese or £12 as an extra course)
The offer: Two courses for £31, three courses for £37 or go for 3 courses, half a bottle of wine, water and a coffee for £58

Find out more about Galvin at Windows


 

 

gymkhana2Gymkhana

42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH

One of the best Indian restaurants to open in London for years, Gymkhana has a great entry-level set lunch menu making this Mayfair spot even more of an attractive proposition.

The choice: Five options for starters and main and four for dessert - with mains served with Dal Maharani, Saag Paneer. The meal also kicks off with cassava, lentil and rice papads with shrimp chutney and mango chutney.
The offer: Two courses for £25 or three for £30 (add a carafe of wine or house punch for £9)

Find out more about Gymkhana


 

 

IkoyiIkoyi

1 St James's Market, St. James's, London SW1Y 4AH

This restaurant in St James's Market really adds something new to the London restaurant scene. And the set lunch is an ideal opportunity to try out the Western African cuisine. 

The offer: Two courses for £19, add on dessert for £4.
Available: Monday - Friday

Find out more about Ikoyi


 

 

Joe AllenJoe Allen

2 Burleigh St, London WC2E 7PX

This American restaurant has been in London for decades and although it moved down the street in 2017, it's almost indistinguishable from the original. Expect American classics. 

The offer: Two courses for £15.95 or three for £18.95.
Available: Daily 12-7pm

Find out more about Joe Allen


 

 

HawksmoorHawksmoor

Spitalfields, Borough, City, Mayfair, Knightsbridge

Famed for serving some of the best steaks in town, Hawksmoor also offer a very good deal on their Express Menu at lunch times across almost all of their restaurants (and early evening too).

The choice: Three - four choices per course, with rump (300g) or fillet tail (200g) with a £5 supplement available for the main.
The offer: 
Two courses for £25 or three for £28.
Available: Monday to Saturday 12-3pm and 5pm to 6.30pm at all London Hawksmoors.

Find out more about Hawksmoor


 

 

Helene Darroze at the ConnaughtHelene Darroze at the Connaught

Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL

Her two Michelin-star cooking is exquisite and who wouldn't want to try the food of chef Helene Darroze?

The choice: Nine choices in total, with options like such as cod, lamb, chicken, rhubarb or chocolate.
The offer: 
Choose three items - 2 savoury, 1 sweet, and it includes 2 glasses of wine from the list, a bottle of water and tea and coffee for £55.

Find out more about Helene Darroze at the Connaught


 

 

Hereford ArmsHereford Road

3 Hereford Rd, Bayswater, London W2 4AB

Hereford Road has a regularly changing menu of seasonal British classics. The set lunch changes daily and is a pretty damned good deal.

The choice: Three starters, three mains and three dessert choices. 
The offer: 
Two courses for £13.50 or three for £15.50. 
Available: Monday to Friday

Find out more about Hereford Road


 

 

HixHix Soho

66-70 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9UP

Mark Hix's Soho restaurant is a popular media hangout and great for lunch with a lovely airy dining room. If your lunch here inspires you to take the afternoon off, we recommend heading downstairs to the cocktail bar afterwards.

The choice: Three options per course
The offer: 
Two courses for £19.50, three for £23.50.
Available: 12 - 6.30pm every day

Find out more about Hix Soho


 

 

The Ledbury The Ledbury

127 Ledbury Rd, London W11 2AQ

Brett Graham's restaurant is in the World's 50 Best restaurants list and is one of the best in London. So if you want to try out this Australian chef's cuisine and the £140 tasting menu is out of your budget, lunch is your best bet. it's not the cheapest on the list - but it's definitely the best way to check it out.

The choice: Tasting menu.
The offer: 
Four-course menu for £75. 
Available: Wednesday to Sunday 

Find out more about The Ledbury


 

 

Le GavrocheLe Gavroche

43 Upper Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 7QR

One of London's classiest restaurants this can also end up being one of London's most expensive. Go to Le Gavroche if you want to experience some of the most exquisite service and classic food in London and their legendary lunch deal will help you avoid a phone call with your bank manager. 

The choice: Three options per course 
The offer: 
Set lunch for £69 (inc service) includes three courses, half a bottle of wine, half-bottle of mineral water, petit fours and coffee
Available: Wednesday- Friday

Find out more about Le Gavroche


 

 

MarcusMarcus

The Berkeley, Wilton Pl, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RL

Marcus Wareing's flagship restaurant (and the only one where you'll find him in the kitchen) is one of London's few two Michelin-starred restaurants - which he retained after a major refurb.

The choice: Three options per course.
The offer: 
Two courses £40 (Mon - Fri), three courses for £55 
Available: Monday - Saturday

Find out more about Marcus


 

 

MereMere

74 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T

This is the first solo restaurant from ex-Le Gavroche chef Monica Galetti, with her husband David Galetti in charge of the wine. So you'll want a quick pit-stop in their bar before dining here too. 

The choice: Two options per course
The offer: 
Two courses for £29 and three for £35 with cheese for a £6.50 supplement.

Find out more about Mere


 

 

muranoMurano

Queen St, Mayfair, London W1J 5PP

Angela Hartnett's flagship restaurant serves up exquisite Italian food but at a price. Happily, the set menu brings it down to most people's budgets.

The choice: Three options per course
The offer: 
Two courses for £28 and three for £33 with cheese for an £8 supplement.

Find out more about Murano


 

 

Noble RotNoble Rot

51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB

With a menu designed in collaboration with the Sportsman, bread to cross town for and one of the best wine lists in town, this is one of the top restaurants in the Holborn area.

The choice: One option per course.
The offer: 
Two courses for £16, three courses for £20
Available: Monday - Saturday

Find out more about Noble Rot


 

 

OldroydOldroyd

344 Upper St, London N1 0PD

Tom Oldroyd's first restaurant on his own has proven to be a huge hit (also winning our best newcomer award). If you need a set lunch in Islington, look no further.

The choice: Three options per course.
The offer: 
Two courses for £16, three courses for £19
Available: Monday - Friday 12 - 4pm

Find out more about Oldroyd


 

 

Pollen Street SocialPollen Street Social

8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, London W1S 1NQ

Jason Atherton's restaurant is booked up weeks in advance, but lunchtimes could be the best way to get a reservation.

The choice: Three options per course, cheese requires £8 supplement.
The offer:
Three courses for 37
Available: Monday - Saturday 12 - 2.30pm

Find out more about Pollen Street Social


 

 

Quaglino'sQuaglino's

16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ

The revamped Quaglino's has been a huge hit since it opened, offering one of the blingiest dining rooms in town.

The choice: Four options per course.
The offer: 
Two courses and a glass of wine for £20 or three courses for £30 inc a glass of "bubbles"

Find out more about Quaglino's


 

 

gordon-ramsayRestaurant Gordon Ramsay

68 Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HP

Gordon's flagship restaurant on Royal Hospital Road is still damned hard to get into. It retained its three Michelin-starred status after the departure of Clare Smyth, so it's still a big draw. 

The choice: Three options per course with £10 supplement for cheese. 
The offer: 
Three courses for £65
Available: Monday to Friday.

Find out more about Restaurant Gordon Ramsay


 

 

SartoriaSartoria

20 Savile Row, Mayfair, London W1S 3PR

This Mayfair Italian restaurant has Francesco Mazzei in charge of the kitchen - his main high-end place - and it's become a hot restaurant in the process.

The choice: Three choices per course
The offer: Two courses for £26.50, three courses for £32.50

Find out more about Sartoria


 

 

Savoy GrillSavoy Grill

Savoy Hotel, London WC2R 0EU

This iconic British venue is one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants - and the Savoy Grill remains one of London's dining institutions.

The choice: Four choices per course, sides extra
The offer: Two courses for £34, three courses for £38

Find out more about Savoy Grill


 

 

Serge et le PhoqueSerge et le Phoque

20 - 21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG

This high-end French restaurant comes via Hong Kong, so expect a little twist on that French menu. 

The choice: A large choice - but with supplements needed throughout. 
The offer: Two courses for £22, three courses for £27
Available: Monday - Friday

Find out more about Serge et le Phoque


 

 

Social wineSocal Wine and Tapas

39 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1DL

Jason Atherton's wine bar is only just around the corner from Selfridges - ideal if you need to snack on tapas and wine for lunch. 

The offer: Two courses with wine £16, 3 courses with wine £20
Available: 12pm and 2.30pm Monday-Friday and 12pm - 3.30pm on Saturdays

Find out more about Social Wine and Tapas


 

 

SpringSpring

Somerset House, Lancaster Pl, London WC2R 1LA

Skye Gyngell opened this restaurant in Somerset House to great acclaim, as much for the food as for the spectacular dining room

The choice: Two choices per course.
The offer: Two courses for £27.50, three courses for £31.50
Available: Every day

Find out more about Spring


 

 

Restaurant StoryRestaurant Story

199 Tooley St, London SE1 2JX

Having won a Michelin star a scant five months after opening, Tom Sellers' Bermondsey restaurant is a must-visit, if you can get a table. Your best bet is to try at lunchtime.

The choice: A shorter version of the main tasting menu.
The offer: 
£45 (including the beef dripping candle) 
Available: Tuesday to Thursday.

Find out more about Story


 

 

StreetXOStreetXO

15 Old Burlington St, Mayfair, London W1S

The crazy cocktails you'll want to try here at dinner can make dinner expensive at David Munoz's London restaurant. Better to go here for lunch instead when you can still try the signature dishes for less.

The choice: The Hawker Lunch Menu has four of the restaurant's signature dishes.
The offer: 
£25 (and £5 extra for the dessert of the day). Minimum two people.
Available: Monday - Friday

Find out more about StreetXO


 

 

The SquareThe Square

6-10 Bruton St, Mayfair, London W1J 6PU

The Square has had a big new refurb and a new chef to boot. So if you fancy taking a look at the new place (and it's changed quite a bit) the set lunch is a good plan. 

The choice: Two options per course.
The offer: 
Three courses for £37, six-course tasting menu for £60
Available: Monday to Saturday.

Find out more about The Square


 

 

Typing RoomTyping Room

Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF

Lee Westcott's restaurant in the Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green is one of the most highly rated in East London, with a big emphasis on foraged food.

The choice: Two options per course.
The offer: 
Two courses for £27, Three courses for £32, selection of snacks £6 extra
Available: Monday to Saturday.

Find out more about Typing Room


 

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