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The best London restaurants with set lunch deals

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 - 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

The only three Michelin-starred restaurant on our list 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 £55. From 25 Nov to 23 Dec 2014 it's £65 for a festive set lunch.
Available: Tuesday to Friday

Find out more about Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester


 

 

alynwilliamsAlyn Williams at The Westbury

For 2014, this 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 £35
Available: Tuesday to Saturday

Find out more about Alyn Williams at The Westbury


 

 

aquaAqua Shard

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. 

The choice: Three to four options per course.
The offer:
Two courses £25.50 or three for £29.50
Available: Monday to Friday

Find out more about Aqua Shard


 

 

L'Atelier de Joel RobuchonL'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

This is Joel Robuchon's London outpost of his counter dining experience - where you can sit up and watch your dishes being assembled like works of art. The set lunch is also available as a pre-theatre menu if you sit down between 5.30pm and 6pm.

The choice: Six starters, seven mains and four desserts. 
The offer: Two courses for £31 (£45 with wine), three courses for £36 (£55 with wine), four courses for £41 (£64 with wine) from 12-3pm.

Find out more about L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon


 

 

Bar Boulud London Bar Boulud London

Daniel Boulud's launch of Bar Boulud London was a huge success and this is the second restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental to offer a great lunch deal. They're offering a daily changing Bouchon Menu so you can get something new every day. 

The choice: Two choices for main course, but daily changing menu.
The offer: 2 courses for £17 or 3 courses for £19 including a glass of house wine & coffee
Available: Monday to Sunday from 12 to 7pm.

Find out more about Bar Boulud London


 

 

cloveclubThe Clove Club

One of the hottest restaurants in London right now. If you can't get a table for dinner, then you should be able to squeeze in lunch - it's definitely worth it.

The choice: Two options per course.
The offer:
Snacks and three courses for £35, cheese is £4 supplement. Add wine pairing for £20.

Find out more about The Clove Club


 

 

Corrigan's Corrigan's

Richard Corrigan is appearing more and more on TV here in the UK (he's already a huge name in Ireland) and his 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 market menu

The choice: Three options per course. Cheese requires supplement.
The offer: Two courses for £25 and three for £29
Available: Monday to Friday 12-3pm (also on offer 6-7.30pm)

Find out more about Corrigan's


 

 

DabbousDabbous

Generally known as one of the hardest restaurants to get into in town, Ollie Dabbous restaurant is also one of the most loved. If you do manage to score a lunch reservation, you'll get a slightly cut-down version of the regular tasting menu.

The choice: About 6 options 
The offer:
£32 for 4 courses

Find out more about Dabbous


 

 

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Dinner by Heston

Heston and Ashley Palmer Watts' Mandarin Oriental restaurant is currentlyone 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.

The choice: 2 options per courses 
The offer:
£38 for 3 courses
Available: Monday to Friday from 12-2.30pm

Find out more about Dinner by Heston


 

 

feraFera

The much-anticipated Simon Rogan restaurant at Claridges now has a Michelin star to boot, making it a very popular choice. Get in ahead of the crowds by opting for lunch there.

The choice: Two options per course 
The offer: Three courses for £30
Available: Monday to Sunday

Find out more about Fera


 

 

Galvin at WindowsGalvin at Windows

Managed by the masterful Fred Sirieix, 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 £26, three courses for £30 or go for 3 courses, half a bottle of wine, water and a coffee for £50

Find out more about Galvin at Windows


 

 

The GreenhouseThe Greenhouse

Another of London's few two Michelin starred restaurants, this upmarket French restaurant from chef Arnaud Bignon has been a perennial favourite.

The choice: Seven options to choose from.
The offer: Two courses for £35 or three for £40.

Find out more about The Greenhouse


 

 

gymkhana2Gymkhana

One of the hottest restaurants in town and newly Michelin-starred to boot, Gymkhana has a great entry-level set lunch menu making this Mayfair spot even more of an attractive proposition.

The choice: Four options for starters and main - with mains served with Dal Maharani - Palak Paneer -Bread or Rice - and three for dessert. The meal also kicks off with cassava, lentil and potato 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


 

 

Helene Darroze at the ConnaughtHelene Darroze at the Connaught

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

The choice: The lunch formula lets you choose between two and four products such as crab, pork, lobster or greengage and is specifically targeted at those wanting a speedy, but gourmet one hour lunch.
The offer:
Two products are £30, three (including one sweet) £38 and four (including one sweet) are £45.

Find out more about Helene Darroze at the Connaught


 

 

Hereford ArmsHereford Road

The chef here, Tom Pemerton, was previously Head Chef at St John Bread & Wine so that should give you an idea of the gutsy kind of cooking you'll see here. The set lunch changes daily and there's also an express lunch as well..

The choice: Three starters, three mains and three dessert choices - or a single main course plus glass of wine and coffee for the Express lunch. 
The offer:
Two courses for £13.50 or three for £15.50. The express lunch is just £9.50 - a real bargain.
Available: Monday to Friday

Find out more about Hereford Road


 

 

HibiscusHibiscus

Situated just off Regent Street, Claude Bosi's Hibiscus is another two Michelin-starred restaurant offering some sublime French cooking. Lunch here is a total steal.

The choice: Three options per course, pork belly and cheese require a supplement.
The offer: Three courses with half bottle of wine, coffee and petit fours for £49.50.

Find out more about Hibiscus


 

 

Hix SohoHix Soho

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: Two options per course.
The offer:
Two courses for £19.50, three courses for £24.50.
Available: 12 - 6.30pm every day and as a post theatre offer.

Find out more about Hix Soho


 

 

HKKHKK

This is essentially the City version of Hakkasan - with much more of an emphasis on large tasting menus. However, lunchtime offers cut-down versions of these at a cheap (for the City) price too.

The choice: All set menus, but three options, fish, meat and duck. Must be shared by the table.
The offer:
Fish and meat menus are £28.50, duck is £48.

Find out more about HKK


 

 

Koffmann'sKoffmann's

Pierre Koffmann's eponymous restaurant shares the Berkeley hotel with Marcus Wareing. Here's where you're likely to spot royalty enjoying the chef's Gascon fare. It may be lunch, but it's not necessarily light with calf's tongue remoulade and sole with lobster sauce on offer.

The choice: Three to four options per course.
The offer:
Three courses with two glasses of wine for £39

Find out more about Koffmann's


 

 

The Ledbury The Ledbury

Brett Graham is currently number 10 in the World's 50 Best restaurants and The Ledbury just won Restaurant of the Year at the 2014 Observer Food Monthly Awards. So if you want to try out this Australian chef's cuisine and the £110 tasting menu is out of your budget, lunch is your best bet.

The choice: No choice menu
The offer:
Four course menu for £45. 
Available: Wednesday to Sunday 

Find out more about The Ledbury


 

 

Le GavrocheLe Gavroche

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 Business Lunch deal will help you avoid a phone call with your bank manager. 

The choice: Three options per course
The offer:
Set lunch for £54.80 includes three courses, half a bottle of wine, half-bottle of mineral water, petit fours and coffee

Find out more about Le Gavroche


 

 

MarcusMarcus

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 in 2014.

The choice: Two - three options per course
The offer:
Three courses for £35 (and priced individually too).
Available: Monday - Saturday

Find out more about Marcus


 

 

muranoMurano

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. Expect such delights as Sardines, caponata, roast garlic and fennel toast or Hazelnut fettuccini with baby artichoke á la Grecque

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


 

 

Pollen Street SocialPollen Street Social

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 a £5 supplement.
The offer:
Two courses for £28.50, three courses for £33.50

Find out more about Pollen Street Social


 

 

gordon-ramsayRestaurant Gordon Ramsay

Gordon's flagship restaurant on Royal Hospital Road is still damned hard to get into. Head Chef Clare Smyth runs a tight ship and was recently rewarded with a perfect 10 by the Good Food Guide.  

The choice: Three options per course with £10 supplement for cheese. 
The offer:
Three courses for £55
Available: Monday to Friday.

Find out more about Restaurant Gordon Ramsay


 

 

storyStory

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 offer: Three courses for £35 featuring dishes from the tasting menu (including the beef dripping candle) sized up
Available: Tuesday to Thursday.

Find out more about Story


 

 

The Square The Square

Philip Howard's Mayfair restaurant has two Michelin stars, but AA Gill said of his meal 'the lunch we had there deserved three.'

The choice: Two options per course, cheese requires £10 supplement or  costs £15 as an extra course.
The offer:
Two courses for £35, Three courses for £40
Available: Monday to Saturday.

Find out more about The Square


 

 

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