After the excesses of Christmas and the stretch on our wallets and waistlines, it’s time to get back to reality with dreary, dull January. Never fear though, as we’ve dug out the best January sales at London restaurants and bars. Take that, bank account!
Balans Soho Society, Soho
What’s the big deal: Throughout January, Balans is giving away an abundance of vouchers, which entitle customers to great offers including 50% or 25% off your next meal, or a free cocktail or dessert. And as you can never have too much of a good thing, you can also bring up to three friends with you to enjoy the offer at the same time.
Where: 60-62 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UG
Brasserie Zédel, Soho
What’s the big deal: Dining out obviously costs money, but it doesn’t necessarily have to break the bank. Just look at Brasserie Zédel, which is offering up a three-course feast for just £13.25. From a set menu, guests can enjoy a starter of carottes rapées (aka grated carrot salad), before steak with pomme frites, and a chocolaty dessert.
Where: 20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED
Crazy Bear, Fitzrovia
What’s the big deal: Over-the-top Crazy Bear offers a Pan-Asian menu, and prices can add up. For January though, it is offering its 12 Plate Signature Menu for £39.50 (normally £62.50), along with a glass of Lanson Père et Fils Champagne – that’s a discount we can get on board with.
Where: 26-28 Whitfield Street, W1T 2RG
Cut + Grind, King’s Cross
What’s the big deal: We don’t have to worry about massive billboards shaming us for not having a ‘beach’ body just yet, so we might as well order another burger. Cut + Grind is making your sloppy fantasies even more accessible, with a whopping 50% off all food until 31 January. Get in there while you can.
Where: 25-27 Canal Reach, N1C 4DD
Drake & Morgan venues, London
What’s the big deal: With bars and restaurants all over the city – including newly opened The Listing (pictured) – Drake & Morgan is pulling out all the stops with its Reef, Beef and Bubbles offer. The penny-pinching combination features succulent steak and prawns, accompanied by a chilled glass of bubbles. At just £9.95, it leaves more budget for cocktails.
Where: Various London locations
Hippy Fish, Marylebone
What’s the big deal: This newly-opened poké spot is helping out Veganuary participants, while also helping the fiscal-minded too with 25% off its vegan Buddha Bowls throughout the month. Featuring combinations including tofu, pink radish, red chilli, cucumber, red onions, shredded carrot, and miso tahini dressing, these bowls are not to be missed.
Where: 5 Thayer Street, W1U 3JG
What’s the big deal: This cosy Turkish serves up sophisticated small plates, with stomach-warming dishes that are perfect for the winter weather. Throughout January, Oklava is offering 30% off food Tuesday-Thursday, for tables of up to six. The perfect excuse for a friendly catch up that won’t leave you in the red.
Where: 74 Luke Street, EC2A 4PY
What’s the big deal: Tiki-themed Pufferfish at Mahiki Kensington is bringing some sunshine to January, by offering 50% off food all month long. Available from 6-8pm Monday to Thursday, guests just have to quote ‘Akahai’ (which translates from Hawaiian as ‘kindness’) when booking.
Where: 2A Kensington High Street, W8 4PT
Scoff & Banter, Kensington
What’s the big deal: The only way to survive the winter cold is to eat copious amounts of comfort food. Luckily, Scoff & Banter Kensington is putting on a Sunday roast featuring beef or chicken, alongside a Yorkshire pudding, duck fat roast potatoes and buttered carrots and greens. You can also add a glass of wine, all for just £19
Where: Radisson Blu Edwardian Vanderbilt Hotel, 68-86 Cromwell Road, SW7 5BT
Vinoteca Chiswick, City, Farringdon, King’s Cross, Marylebone and Soho
What’s the big deal: Vinoteca is helping to brighten up your new year by offering a marinated bavette steak with hand-cut chips, horseradish and watercress, along with a glass of Malbec – all for just £15.
Where: 18 Devonshire Road, W4 2HD; 21 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR; 7 St John Street, EC1M 4AA; 1 Pancras Square, N1C 4AG; 13-15 Seymour Place, W1H 5BD; 53-55 Beak Street, W1F 9SH
For more frugal food options that don’t scrimp on quality, check out our pick of the best cheap eats in London.