Imagine a world where your favourite restaurants had a strict PJs-only policy. Sounds ideal right? Well imagine no more, because London’s best-loved restaurants are delivering unreal nosh directly to your living room. Meaning you can chow down on juicy burgers, gourmet curries and cheese fondue in the comfort of your own home. The best bit? With every order you’ll be supporting the hospitality industry at the time they need it most - meaning feel-good feasting all round. So, what are you waiting for? Get ready to don your finest (dressing) gown and eat unforgettable grub as DesignMyNight rounds up the tastiest London eateries that now deliver.
Let’s not lie, the word ‘takeaway’ conjures up images of cheese-laden pizzas and mountains of prawn-crackers, but it doesn't always have to be that way. Islington’s Skinny Kitchen is offering up a lighter alternative, packaging up their vibrant poke bowls and tasty tacos for you to enjoy in your own time. Alternatively, recreate their legendary weekend bottomless brunch by grabbing a couple of bottles of fizz on your next food shop (essential items, surely) and treating yourself to a feast of avo toast, berry pancakes and sweetcorn fritters.
There are burgers, and then there are Burger and Beyond burgers. Recently named as one of the world’s best, this Shoreditch spot knows a thing or two about building tasty towers. Loaded up with gooey cheese, dry-aged beef patties, smoky mayo and crispy pancetta, these babies are not for the faint of heart. And the fries here aren’t any old standard affair either - get ready to devour crispy potatoes drenched in bone marrow gravy and melted cheese. As far as Friday feasts go? This place is world-class.
Located in Mornington Crescent, Lost Boys is one of the city’s quirkiest pizza restaurants. Taking inspiration from all things vampire, even the pizza bases here are black (thanks to their signature charcoal recipe). Create the ultimate night in by whacking on your fave horror film, ordering a couple of mega pizzas and washing it all down with a round of killer cocktails (which can also be ordered online). And with all the dishes priced at less than £12, it won’t break the bank either.
When it comes to fried chicken? We like to leave it up to the guys at Absurd Bird. Dishing out American-inspired goodness to the people of Soho since 2016, they’re well-versed in the world of good food. Their Fried Rocket Man Burger comes complete with sticky Korean BBQ sauce, pickled cucumber, onion rings and Sriracha mayo, all atop a mountain of fried chicken, obvs. And for those of you plant-based munchers? There are a bunch of vegan options too, from vegan waffles served with Chckn fillets to dairy-free mac and cheese.
Covering all bases with a menu that caters for die-hard meat eaters and the strictest of vegans, Liban Tapas is an eatery that should most definitely be on your radar during lockdown. Dedicated to bringing home-stayers Lebanese dishes that boast a Mediterranean and French twist, you’ll be tucking into a plethora of exciting tapas plates from garlic and lemon chicken wings to cheese spring rolls and chicken shawarma with their addictive homemade hummus.
The guys at Shrub and Shutter are kicking your usual-takeaway traditions up a notch with their cocktail delivery service. With founders that boast over 25 combined years in mixology, it’s safe to say that the drinks here are pretty special indeed - from the Aperol, hibiscus and blood orange-infused Crazy Stupid Shrub, to the smokey Wild Turkey Rye Whiskey-based Deer Stalker, each sip is as tasty as it is innovative. It’s not just about the drinks though, you can also pick up the phone to order fresh and sustainable food courtesy of Donnellys - think burrata foam, roast black cod and pekinese duck breast. We’re not drooling, you are.
In these testing times when pubs are shutting up shop for the foreseeable future, the heroes at BrewDog are stepping in to bring the traditional boozer experience direct to your door. Delivering crates of their signature brews, and boxes jam-packed with tasty burgers, mouth-watering hotdogs and mounds of fries straight from their app, you’ll have their full menu at the touch of a finger. Better yet, in recent times these guys have started utilizing their facilities to create their very own hand sanitizer, distributing it to those in need - so you can stay safe in the knowledge that the team here are some very good eggs indeed.
Headed up by Michelin-trained chef James Cochran, 1251 isn't your usual takeaway haunt. Located in Angel, this place has just announced a shiny new ‘Around The Cluck’ delivery service, bringing Cochran’s famed buttermilk Jamaican jerk chicken to your front room. Available between 5-11pm Thursday- Sunday, this special weekend offering features a menu full with flavour, from spiced cauliflower burgers served with satay sauce, to the classic jerk burger, garnished with scotch bonnet jam - all for a tenner or less.
The OG king of the London pop up scene, Jimmy Garcia is back with another genius idea - but this time, you won’t have to leave your living room to experience the magic. Offering ‘isolation parties’ (just for you and the people you live with, obviously), you can now get a full-blown fondue kit delivered to your doorstep, complete with Papa G’s charcuterie, crusty bread, mixed salad and petit fours. Or if you’re not a fan of the fromage, you can opt for an all-guns-blazing pizza party - with the loan of your very own wood fired pizza oven and plenty of 48-hour sourdough bases to go around.
After a taste of some real piri piri spice? Look no further than Casa Do Frango, the London Bridge spot that’s bringing a slice of Portugese sunshine to Londoners’ lives. Order their lip-smackingly good half chicken available doused in piri-piri, oregano or lemon and garlic, with batata fritas or green rice to soak up those oh-so-tasty juices. And to wash it down? There’s a selection of exotic Spanish wines and beer all available to order online too.
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