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Over the lockdown, London's food delivery scene improved in leaps and bounds. We've gathered together what we think are the restaurants delivering the most impressive meals right now.

 

Adam Handling's HameAdam Handling's Hame

Where: 34-35 Southampton St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HG

In a nutshell: Adam Handling signature dishes delivered

Adam Handling has brought much of his signature dishes from The Frog into his delivery service. So the chicken butter and his cheese doughnuts both make an appearance alongside bigger dishes like wellingtons and roasts. Some require more effort than others, but it all hangs together to really bring the restaurant experience home. Some unique cocktails are available too.

Delivery Range: Nationwide

How to order: On their website

Follow them on Instagram: @adamhandling.

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Around The CluckAround The Cluck

Where: 107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN

In a nutshell: James Cochran's fried chicken business

It's a fried chicken delivery service, but not as you know it. Choose from fried chicken burgers or his amazing jerk chicken pieces but the sides are just as amazing, including the crisp pressed potato in chicken fat served with chip shop curry sauce (pictured). 

How to order: Order via Slerp or Deliveroo.

Follow them on Instagram: @1251_twelve_fifty_one.

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Bocca di LupoBocca di Lupo

Where: 12 Archer St, Soho, London W1D 7BB

In a nutshell: Jacob Kenedy's Soho Italian

Bocca di Lupo is a Soho mainstay and consistently rated as one of the best in the area. They've introduced a weekly-changing meal, delivered across London, that is a combination of antipasti, mains and BBQ food. Dishes at the time of writing included vitello tonnato, tortellini with cream & nutmeg and grappa panna cotta with strawberries.

Delivery Range: Most inner London postcodes

How to order: On their website

Follow them on Instagram: @bocca_di_lupo

 

Comfort & Joy by JikoniComfort & Joy by Jikoni

Where: 19-21 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 3DH

In a nutshell: Ravinder Bhogal delivers joy to vegetarian Londoners

Ravinder Bhogal's Jikoni has garnered much praise and the same can be said for its delivery service, Comfort and Joy. It will run alongside the reopening restaurant and is all about delivering sustainable, vegetarian meals across London - with meal boxes that change on a bi-weekly basis.

Delivery Range: 5 miles from Marylebone

How to order: On the website.

Follow them on Instagram: @comfortandjoybyjikoni

 

Corbin and King at HomeCorbin & King at Home

In a nutshell: The best of The Wolseley, Zedel, Soutine and more...

Corbin & King are starting to reopen their restaurants but you'll still be able to order their At Home version. It's essentially a greatest hits menu, delivering a signature dish or two from all of their restaurants. So you can order schnitzel from The Wolseley and finish off with dessert from Brasserie Zedel. All the profits from the delivery service go to the staff, another good reason to order. 

Delivery Range: 6 miles from the West End

How to order: On the website.

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DishoomDishoom

Where: Shoreditch, King's Cross and Kensington

In a nutshell: Hugely popular Indian street food

If you can't make it to a reopened Dishoom, then they're bringing some of their best dishes to you, via Deliveroo. The menu features curries, biryani, small plates and more. And yes, the famed house black daal is also available. The menu doesn't include the bacon naan, but you can always get that delivered as a DIY kit. 

Delivery Range: Deliveroo range from restaurants, bacon naan kits deliver nationwide

How to order: On the website.

Follow them on Instagram: @dishoom.

 

Elystan StreetElystan Street

Where: 43 Elystan St, Chelsea, London SW3 3NT

In a nutshell: Philip Howard invites a few friends to move in

Philip Howard's Elystan Street delivery service actually brings three restaurants into one - combining with Kitchen W8 and Church Road under one roof (with Kitchen W8's Mark Kempson in the kitchen too). The delivery range covers those restaurants and each weekend there's a completely different seasonal menu. 

Delivery Range: Various SW and W postcodes (see the site for info)

How to order: On their website

Follow them on Instagram: @elystanstreet.

 

FarangFarang

Where: 72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE

In a nutshell: Thai larder

Sebby Holmes completely reinvented Farang during the lockdown and it now operates as a local store - Farang Larder. There are recipe kits, Thai and pan-Asian groceries alongside hot food to go and a huge range of Thai ready meals. 

Delivery Range: Collection only

How to order: Order online

Follow them on Instagram: @farangldn

 

GunpowderGunpowder

Where: 11 White's Row, Spitalfields, London E1 7NF

In a nutshell: City Indian food delivered

Gunpowder's signature dishes have been given something of a twist for their delivery menu. So the Kashmiri lamb chops have been converted into a new curry alongside Karawari Soft Shell Crab. Their Old Monk Rum Pudding makes the list too. 

How to order: Via their website or Deliveroo.

Follow them on Instagram: @gunpowder_london.

 

The Goose Box (1 Lombard Street)The Goose Box (1 Lombard Street)

Where: 1 Lombard St, London EC3V 9AA

In a nutshell: An exemplary meal box

1 Lombard Street's Goose Box meal kit is a celebration of everything about this huge City restaurant, from its cocktails to great wines and food. With the help of 1 Lombard St's new addition Mark Hix, this has everything you need for a meal for two or four, all centred around great produce. 

How to order: Details of the week's menu are on the website and book by calling 020 3814 8330 or emailing info@goosebox.co.uk.

Follow them on Instagram: @goosebox_london.

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GymkhanaGymkhana

Where: 42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH

In a nutshell: Michelin-starred Indian restaurant

Gymkhana literally rose from the ashes in early 2020 as it returned after a big refit following a fire. However, they soon closed again due to the lockdown. Now operating as delivery-only, some of the best dishes are available - including their much-lauded Muntjac Biryani. 

How to order: Via Supper

Follow them on Instagram: @GymkhanaLondon

 

Hawksmoor at HomeHawksmoor at Home

In a nutshell: Steak, delivered

All eyes were obviously on Hawksmoor to see what they'd come up with for their own delivery service. One of London's most popular restaurant group's box centres on a huge steak with the extras you'll need to create amazing roasties and bone marrow gravy too. The added bonus of a bottle of martini and some Hawksmoor beer and wine also helps. 

How to order: Visit their website.

Follow them on Instagram: @hawksmoorrestaurants.

 

Honey & SpiceHoney & Spice

Where: 52 Warren St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 5NJ

In a nutshell: Middle Eastern cuisine

As well as opening up this deli for food to go, Honey & Co have put together weekly lockdown meals that you can pick up at the deli. Recent dishes have included pomegranate molasses roasted chicken as well as hummus, baba ganoush, pitta bread and more. 

Delivery Range: Collection only

How to order: Order on their website

Follow them on Instagram: @honeyandco

 

HideHide

Where: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NB

In a nutshell: Michelin kitchen does delivery

Hide was one of the first high-end restaurants to deliver during the lockdown, with the Ollie Dabbous-led kitchen aiming to translate the kind of cuisine you'd have in the restaurant - but which suits being sent out. And it's been pretty successful, going by our recent Test Drive. It is one of the pricier food deliveries out there, though.

Delivery Range: 7 miles from the restaurant.

How to order: Order on their website

Follow them on Instagram: @hide_restaurant

 

Hot 4 UHot 4 U

Where: Hackney

In a nutshell: Two chefs from different restaurants unite to create something new

The lockdown has forced everyone to re-think how they do business - and that's what's brought us this brand new food delivery service. Hot 4 U sees St John and Cub chefs Eddy Tejada and Matthew Scott joining forces to create a highly inventive new menu every week, with dishes like Rabbit glazed in fig leaf and Szechuan daikon & milk tea bun. 

Delivery Range: Within the M25

How to order: DM Them on Instagram. Meals sent out Friday & Saturday.

Follow them on Instagram: @hot4u_ldn.

 

Issho-NiIssho-Ni

Where: 185 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 6AB

In a nutshell: Japanese izakaya

Expect exquisitely presented sushi with a twist from this Bethnal Green spot which prides itself on providing as much of the restaurant atmosphere as it can muster in a delivery - down to the curated Spotify playlist. 

Delivery Range: They go as far south as Wapping, west to Clerkenwell, north to Stoke Newington and east to Hackney Wick and Mile End. They also do a weekly drop each Saturday to an area outside the delivery zone, which they will post each week on Instagram. 

How to order: Order via Deliveroo

Follow them on Instagram: @isshoni_uk

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JoseJose

Where: 104 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UB

In a nutshell: Spanish tapas

For those of you missing Jose Pizarro's excellent tapas bar in Bermondsey, it's currently offering you the next best thing with its tapas delivery service. Now you can have his amazing Presa Iberica sent to you, as well as top-level pan con tomate. All that and it's backed up by wonderful tw2-minute YouTube clips that tell you how to re-heat every dish. 

Delivery Range: 4.5 miles from the restaurant

How to order: Order via their website

Follow them on Instagram: @jose_pizarro

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LorneLorne

Where: 76 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE

In a nutshell: Seasonal faves from the popular Victoria restaurant

Lorne's delivery service aims to help you recreate the restaurant experience at home with an excellent set menu (which you can - and should - add extra dishes to if you fancy). You'll find both seasonal fare and some of their hits like the excellent brown butter madeleines. The service may pause while they reopen the restaurant, but the plan is to have it continue. 

How to order: On their website

Follow them on Instagram: @lorne_restaurant.

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Master WeiMaster Wei

Where: 13 Cosmo Pl, Holborn, London WC1N 3AP

In a nutshell: Xi'an cuisine

The first solo venture from Wei Guirong, co-owner of Xi'an Impressions, may be closed to the public, but its delivery arm seems to be working to pretty much the whole restaurant menu. Order the biang biang noodles that Grace Dent described as 'emotionally stirring' or the potsticker dumplings that Giles Coren called "excellent" in his review. 

How to order: Order via Deliveroo

Follow them on Instagram: @master.wei.3150

 

Mr Oyster BoyMr Oyster Boy

Where: 70-74 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ

In a nutshell: Richard Corrigan delivers

This delivery service from Irish chef Richard Corrigan acts mainly as a showcase for Bentley's Oyster and Seafood Bar with a strong focus on quality seafood to the fore here. The classic Bentley's Fish Pie is a must and you'll also find a dish or two from Daffodil Mulligan on the menu. 

How to order: On their website

Follow them on Instagram: @bentleysoysterbar.

 

OrasayOrasay

Where: 31 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2EU

In a nutshell: Jackson Boxer in Notting Hill

Marina O' Loughlin raved about Orasay's delivery service in The Times, saying it not only made her feel normal but 'human again'. You can order a-la-carte but the set menus are particularly popular and you'll need to order ahead if you want those at the weekend. This is particularly good for plant-based eaters as there's a vegetarian feast for two that sounds amazing. Expect great value wines too.

Delivery Range: TBC

How to order: Via their website

Follow them on Instagram: @orasay.london

See also: The delivery service at Jackson Boxer's Brunswick House in Vauxhall looks just as impressive. 

 

OrenOren

Where: 89 Shacklewell Ln, Hackney Downs, London E8 2EB

In a nutshell: "home-style" Eastern-Mediterranean cuisine

You could make your own hummus, but if you live within the catchment area for Oren, why the hell would you? Along with chef Oden Oren's silken version, you can order whole roast cauliflower with pinenuts, Jerusalem mixed grills and more. 

Delivery Range: 5 miles from the restaurant

How to order: Via their website

Follow them on Instagram: @orenlondon

 

PadellaPadella

Where: 6 Southwark St, London SE1 1TQ

In a nutshell: Top pasta restaurant

Padella has concentrated its delivery service down to two dishes - but they're also Padella classics. Those are the 8-hour pappardelle beef shin ragu alongside the tagliarini with tomato sauce. You'll have to finish off everything at home (pasta's always best cooked fresh), but they'll be some of the best pasta dishes in town. 

Delivery Range: Camden, Westminster, Hackney, Islington

How to order: On their website.

Follow them on Instagram: @padella_pasta.

 

PidginPidgin

Where: 52 Wilton Way, Hackney, London E8 1BG

In a nutshell: Tasting menu only - and that means delivery too

The weekly Homing Pidgin menu for Thurs-Sunday goes live at 9pm on Sundays and sells out quickly. Unsurprising when you consider one recent dish was Roasted chicken thigh, miso and sake sauce supreme, asparagus, potato, wild garlic and parsley. They suggest paired wines to accompany each dish so you can really turn it into a special occasion.

Delivery Range: Collection-only

How to order: Via their website 

Follow them on Instagram: @pidginlondon

 

Quality Chop HouseQuality Chop House and Clipstone

Where: 90 Farringdon Rd, London EC1R 3EA

In a nutshell: The Woodhead group do delis, wine sales and top-tier ready meals.

Even before the lockdown, you could buy QCH's confit potatoes to go in their Farringdon deli - but the delivery arm for both that and their Fitzrovia restaurant Clipstone have branched out considerably with regularly changing menus and dishes. There might be a crab salad to start at QCH with monks beard and grated bottarga and Clipstone's launch menu features a must-try Dexter beef, potato and truffle pithivier. 

Delivery Range: 10km from either restaurant

How to order: Order via their website

Follow them on Instagram: @qualitychop

 

Rice ErrorRice Error

Where: Borough, Fitzrovia (King's Cross, Hackney coming soon)

In a nutshell: BAO does delivery

You wouldn't expect any old delivery option from the folk behind BAO and Rice Error doesn't disappoint. They say it focuses on "takeaway rice boxes using Taiwan’s award-winning Chi Shang Rice, DIY BAO meals and fried chicken. The TV dinners for one are perfect for anyone currently living solo and the sides are every bit as well thought out as the rest of the dishes. Look out for guest box appearances too.

How to order: On Deliveroo from Borough or Fitzrovia or King's Cross.

Follow them on Instagram: @riceerror.

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SaborSabor

Where: 35-37 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BR

In a nutshell: Nieves Barragan delivers top Basque tapas

Nieves Barragan's Sabor is one of our personal favourites, serving up excellent Basque cuisine in a counter setting. But while you can't currently sit around the counter, they have an inventive delivery menu that lets you get a taste of the food at home. Sabor classics are on the menu, and there's everything you need to create one of their heavenly tortillas.

How to order: Via their website.

Follow them on Instagram: @sabor_ldn.

 

Smokestak/ MantecaSingburi

Where: 593 High Rd Leytonstone, Leytonstone, London E11 4PA

In a nutshell: Top Thai

Comfortably one of London's best Thai restaurants, Singburi sees chef Sirichai Kularbwong turning out a combo of the classics this tiny Leyton cafe's fanatical fans are mad for, along with a daily-changing menu - check the Instagram page for details. Clams stir-fried with sweet basil and chili are a recurring dish and a recent larb featured a tartare of Paul Ainsworth beef fillet, maquen spice, Clarence court yolk and lotus crisps. Yes, it's pretty special.

Delivery Range: Collection (and cash) only.

How to order: Call 0208 281 4801

Follow them on Instagram: @singburi_e11

Photo: Clarges

 

Smokestak/ MantecaSmokestak/ Manteca

Where: 35 Sclater St, Shoreditch, London E1 6LB

In a nutshell: BBQ and pasta

The sibling restaurants are both serving Saturday feasts from the Smokestak location in Shoreditch. Smokestak has gone back to basics with a menu featuring smoked meats and top sides to go along with. Just order these, bung them on a BBQ and pretend you did all the hard work. Manteca, meanwhile, has some of its key dishes available, with top pasta dishes and their amazing potatoes and smoked cod's roe.

Delivery Range: Smokestak delivers London-wide, check Manteca for local delivery postcodes.

How to order: On the Smokestak website or the Manteca Website

Follow them on Instagram: @smokestakUK and @manteca_london.

 

Top CuveeTop Cuvee

Where: 177B Blackstock Rd, Highbury East, London N5 2LL

In a nutshell: Small plates and natural wine

Top Cuvee emerged from the very beginning of lockdown with a completely changed proposition and they've been evolving ever since. Part bottle shop, part grocery store and part ready-meal provider, they have a changing selection of small plates. At the time of writing, that includes Pork + Fennel Tagliatelle and Burrata with Asparagus Gremolata. They also have set menu options - and they'll even deliver wine to you in a local park

Delivery Range: UK-wide delivery

How to order: On their website

Follow them on Instagram: @topcuvee.

 

 

More food and drink delivered...

And for even more delivery ideas (including shops, coffee, booze, bakeries and more), check out our Staying in section

 

Food delivery in London, by area...

North: Islington, Highbury, Stoke Newington  |  King's Cross, Camden & Clerkenwell 

SouthBorough, London Bridge, Bermondsey |  Clapham, Brixton  |  Peckham, Camberwell, Dulwich

East: Hackney  |  Shoreditch and Spitalfields  |  Walthamstow and Leyton

West: Chelsea, Kensington & Belgravia  |  White City and Notting Hill

Central: Central London restaurant deliveries

 

  

 

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