If you find that you have a little extra pocket money in the bank at the end of this month (just another perk of not having to commute to work), why not support local restaurants and businesses who can deliver directly to your door? We’ve put together a collection of the best London food deliveries in lockdown 2.0 to turn to for your next meal, isolation party or snack!
Best takeaway restaurants in London
While only available on Friday nights, Dalston’s Italian/Japanese restaurant Angelina is worth the wait — where else could you order a seven-course degustation menu for £34? From chicken karaage to unagi risotto with burnt butter, the full offering looks extremely tasty. Food aside, Angelina is open for emergency meals for vulnerable members of the community for the remaining six nights of the week, which is definitely something worth supporting!
Fat Boy BBQ
Based in Peckham, restaurant Coal Rooms has rebranded itself for the lockdown period, delivering American-style wings, ribs and burgers every Thursday-Sunday. Find them on Deliveroo. (Top tip: if you live locally and can’t spot them on the app straightaway, try them again every fifteen minutes as they’ll pop back so as to manage the pace of incoming orders to the kitchen.)
Sri Lankan favourites Hoppers have three locations open for home delivery – King’s Cross, Marylebone and Soho. Belonging to JKS Restaurants, one of our PA Collective partners, the dishes available for delivery include favourite bone marrow varuval and mutton rolls. Unfortunately (we assume due to the fact they wouldn’t travel well), the famous hoppers don’t seem to be on the delivery menu. They have also set up Cash & Kari, a delivery services inspired by one-stop food stores in South India and Sri Lanka. Find more information here: hopperscashandkari.com/
Not your usual Italian food delivery in London! Restaurant Ombra has impressively expanded their menu to include deli items and Italian provisions alongside cook-it-yourself fresh pasta, lasagne and desserts. While they only deliver to the local area, they also prepare orders for pick-up to ensure everyone can satisfy their Italian cravings. If opting to collect, they have a system in place to pre-book a time slot to prevent overcrowding outside the store.
Michelin-starred restaurant Hakkasan in Mayfair is offering Chinese food delivery in London of their delicious dim sum and Cantonese-style plates. You can order from either a set menu for up to four people or the extensive à la carte selection. Highlights include grilled Chilean sea bass in honey, stir fried spring sugar snap peas and stir fried black pepper rib eye beef with Merlot. What restaurant with a Michelin star would be complete without a stellar drinks selection? Add a bottle of champagne or gin to the order to round out the experience. Our advice? Light some candles and dim the lights to turn your dining room into a space fit for a feast.
The Eastern-Mediterranean cuisine from Oren is available for pick up or delivery in a five-mile radius from the Hackney Downs location. From a delicious mezze selection to fish koftas in Libyan chiraime sauce, ordering from this spot will ensure a fresh and delicious alternative to your usual takeaway fare.
A fresh food hub to ensure you’re eating well-balanced and healthy meals with good quality ingredients, Coal Office offers something different to the other restaurants on this list. Their menu changes daily with one-day’s notice (which you can find on their Instagram page). Depending on the meal, you can pre-book it for the following day or pick up the ingredients from their King’s Cross location to make it yourself at home. From delicious veggie dishes like stuffed aubergine to Jerusalem chicken sofrito, get ready to experience some of the best takeaway in London.
If the delivery fare from Mayfair’s HIDE is anything like the restaurant’s menu, those living within a seven-mile radius are in for a treat. Even though the website warns the menu could change due to availability, there are a variety of different dishes (and a very extensive drinks menu) on offer. Mains include glazed salmon with white miso, baked aubergines with olive oil and fresh pasta with cornish crab.
Best food deliveries in lockdown
Jimmy’s Pop Up
Since the events that propelled Jimmy’s to popularity are now all cancelled, they’ve refocused their efforts on providing fantastic home delivery services. They’re offering deluxe hampers which include everything you need to fancy-up your night in, including mixed charcuterie, rosemary and garlic stuffed camembert and a ‘lucky dip’ wine from their event stock. Missing your Sunday roast? They have a hamper for that too. They also provide everything you need to throw an isolation party for your housemates (whether that be pizza, fondue or BBQ). These include ingredients, equipment and the option to set it up for you too. They have also added a paella party hamper and a cocktail at home box to their repertoire.
Cheeses of Muswell Hill
Want to class up your evening meal? Why not start with a few delicious cheeses! Cheeses of Muswell Hill have gained many fans since opening (including TimeOut, winning their Most Loved Shop award in 2016). While the shop is closed to customers, they’re still operating and shipping directly from their Muswell Hill location. Not only do they offer a range of British cheeses for £30 (a cause so worthy of supporting even Jamie Oliver is on board) but you can also order the finest accompaniments in the form of biscuits and wine to match your selection. Why not use your extra time after work to educate yourself and become a true cheese connoisseur?
Artisan du Chocolat
Kent-based chocolatiers Artisan du Chocolat have closed their London boutiques but remain open for worldwide-delivery orders. From decadent chocolate bars to gourmet treats like chocolate pearls and umami caramels with shitake mushrooms, this atelier sources its cocoa from sustainable farmers and suppliers in South America. Whether ordering to send to a friend for their birthday or for a luxurious treat at home to help you through the lock-down blues, you’ll be inspired by the wide selection available online.
Diogenes the Dog
As of the end of May, park visits for leisure purposes are now permitted by the government. To celebrate, wine bar Diogenes the Dog have put together a delicious-looking picnic hamper for your social-distance picnic. From white wine and juniper salami to dolmades, there’s a lot to love.
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Photo caption: courtesy of Jimmy’s Pop Up