Never seem to get wind of those awesome soft launches in time to bag a table? Bookmark this page for a comprehensive, idiot-proof list of upcoming opening offers (before anyone else can get to them).
What: Kapten, ride-hailing app (basically identical to Uber, except committed to paying its taxes in the UK, hurrah!)
The deal: 50% off all rides until 28th May, plus £2 off your first five rides with my referral code EMIGIB2. (You can use both promotions together!) Simply download from Google Play/Apple Store and enter in the ‘Coupons and Credits’ section.) You can also earn loyalty points for free rides.
Where: Ooty Station, Marylebone
Cuisine: Fancy Indian-inspired cocktails and bar snacks, opening right next door to the original Ooty fine dining restaurant, which only opened earlier this year.
The deal: 50% off food from 7th to 16th June, with reservations only available for parties of four or more.
Where: SOW, Soho
Cuisine: ‘Natural bowl food’ on-the-go, with veggie and vegan options galore. (NB: I think it’s ‘sow’ as in ‘to sow a seed’, not a lady pig.)
The deal: 50% off food from 11th-15th June. Walk-ins only (it’s more of a lunchtime cafe than a restaurant).
Where: Kanishka, Mayfair
Cuisine: Indian fine dining. I went during the soft launch and it was pretty good – the dal is on a par with Dishoom’s.
Where: Monsieur Le Duck, Clerkenwell
Cuisine: One-ingredient menu specialising in Gascony’s favourite food. (Review from its previous Liverpool Street pop-up here!)
The deal: 20% off the entire bill (including drinks!) between 9th May and 31st May when you book in advance quoting ‘20% LUCKY DUCKY’.
Where: Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club, Liverpool Street
The deal: 30% off the Mrs Fogg’s Gin Brunch on Saturday 25th May, exclusively via Hot Dinners. Reservations must be made in advance.
Where: Baba G’s, Camden
Cuisine: Indian fusion from the winners of Million Pound Menu.
The deal: 50% off food between Friday 24th May until Monday 27th May (no reservations).
Where: The Grand Duchess, Grand Union Canal
Cuisine: Sustainable seafood aboard a permanently moored boat from the people behind The London Shell Co.
The deal: 50% off food between Friday 7th and Thursday 13th June (mostly sold out, but there are a few lunch spots left!) and 25% off food between Friday 14th June and Sunday 16th June. Reservations essential.
Where: Hoh Sek, St Katherine’s Docks
Cuisine: Chinese-influenced noodle restaurant from the founder of Rosa’s Thai.
The deal: Stay tuned for details of the soft launch in July.
Where: Allegra, Stratford
Cuisine: Modern European at The Stratford Hotel’s Manhattan Roof Gardens skyscraper from former head chef at Chiltern Firehouse, Patrick Powell.
The deal: TBA, but coming June 2019.
Author: Emily Gibson
Emily is an urban adventurer, blogger and
glutton foodie on an epic quest to uncover the best things to eat, drink and do in London. She lives in East London and loves ceviche, cycling and magic shows. Lifelong nemeses include beetroot, beards and wine served in tumblers.