Soft launches and restaurant deals

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.

The deal: 50% off food AND drinks Monday-Saturday lunchtimes until 16th June exclusively via Hot Dinners. There’s also 50% off food only every Sunday via OpenTable until 30th June.

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: 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: Catch Me, Westfield White City

Cuisine: ‘The best of seafood with a twist of Provence’.

The deal: Sign up for the newsletter and get a voucher for 50% off food between Monday 3rd and Friday 7th June.

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.