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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 Dorchester

Alain 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.
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

Find out more about Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester

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Alyn 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.
The offer:
Tuesday - Friday: three courses for £28, Saturday: three courses for £35

Find out more about Alyn Williams at The Westbury

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Aqua 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 £24 or three for £28, available Monday to Friday

Find out more about Aqua Shard

L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon

L'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. There's also a good value pre-theatre menu here too.
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 "menu bouchon" 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

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

Find out more about Corrigan's

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

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

Find out more about Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows

Managed by Fred Sirieix from the TV programme Michel Roux's Service, 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 £25, three courses for £29 or go for 3 courses, half a bottle of wine, water and a coffee for £50

Find out more about Galvin at Windows

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Gymkhana

One of the hottest restaurants in town, 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 £20 or three for £25 (or £27 and £32 including a carafe of wine or house punch)

Find out more about Gymkhana

Helene Darroze at the Connaught

Helene Darroze at the Connaught

Her two Michelin-star cooking is exquisite and who woudn't want to try the food of chef Helene Darroze, who inspired the Disney character of Colette in Ratatouille.
The choice: Three options for starter and main, three for dessert, £8 supplement for cheese as extra course
The offer:
Three courses for £35 (£42 with two glasses of wine)

Find out more about Helene Darroze at the Connaught

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Hereford 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.. 
The offer:
Two courses for £13 or three for £15.50. The express lunch is just £9.50 - a real bargain.

Find out more about Hereford Road

Hibiscus

Hibiscus

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 for £35 (add a half bottle of wine, coffee and petit fours for £50). Alternatively you can have the plat du jour with a glass of wine, coffee and petit fours for just £24.50.

Find out more about Hibiscus

Hix Soho

Hix 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 from 12 - 6.30pm every day and as a post theatre offer.

Find out more about Hix Soho

Koffmann's

Koffmann'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 13 in the World's 50 Best restaurants and is highly rated by fellow chefs. So if you want to try out this Australian chef's cuisine, lunch is your best bet.
The choice: Weekday lunch single choice per course, cheese requires £10 supplement or £15 as an extra course.  
The offer:
Four course menu for £45. Sunday lunch is £50 for three courses.

Find out more about The Ledbury

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Lima

Peruvian food as a cuisine is so on trend right now and Lima's a great place to try it out, particularly if you nip in for the well priced set lunch.
The choice: Two options per course.
The offer:
Two courses for £20, three courses for £23. Add a glass of wine for £4. Available Monday to Friday and also as a pre-theatre menu if you arrive between 5.30 and 6pm.

Find out more about Lima

Le Gavroche

Le 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 lunchtime deal will help you avoid a phone call with your bank manager. (currently closed until 17 February 2014)
The choice: Three options per course
The offer:
Set lunch for £54 includes three courses, half a bottle of wine, half-bottle of mineral water, petit fours and coffee

Find out more about Le Gavroche

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Murano

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 baked oysters with braised radicchio, clams and blood orange or chicken breast and glazed win with parsley root and hazelnuts. 
The choice: Three options per course
The offer:
Two courses for £25 and three for £30 with cheese for a £12 supplement.

Find out more about Murano

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Pizarro

Now that Jose has brought in booking, it's easy to plan in a visit to Bermondsey and the short Menu del dia makes it a good deal too.
The choice: Three starters, three mains and two dessert choices - with daily specials such as Iberico Pork with Potatoes and Onions.
The offer:
Two courses for £17 and three courses for £20

Find out more about Pizarro

Pollen Street Social

Pollen Street Social

Jason Atherton 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, three courses for £35

Find out more about Pollen Street Social

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Restaurant 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 the recent redesign has breathed new life into one of the UK's few three Michelin-starred restaurants.
The choice: Three options per course with £10 supplement for cheese. 
The offer:
Three courses for £55, Monday to Friday.

Find out more about Restaurant Gordon Ramsay

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Story

Having won a Michelin star a scant five months after opening, Tom Sellers' Bermondsey restaurant is a must-visit. They've just introduced a midweek set lunch menu for 2014.
The offer:
Three courses for £35 featuring dishes from the tasting menu (including the beef dripping candle) sized up, available Tuesday to Thursday.

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Texture

Texture

Texture is an Icelandic, Michelin starred restaurant from Xavier Rousset and Aggi Sverrisson (who are also behind Holborn spot 28-50) offering innovative Northern European cooking.
The choice: Two options per course, cheese as optional course for £13.50.
The offer:
Two courses for £24.90, three courses for £29.90

Find out more about Texture

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 £15 as an extra course.
The offer:
Two courses for £35, Three courses for £40, Monday to Saturday.

Find out more about The Square

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