If you’re a regular reader of The Handbook, you’ll have seen us recommend and write home about London’s thriving restaurant, bar and hotel scene on countless occasions, but right now it’s more important than ever for us to help and promote the capital’s hospitality scene following the impact of COVID 19.
While the government hasn’t outwardly said the hospitality industry has to close its doors yet, they have hammered home that we should be avoiding restaurants, bars and pubs to prevent the spread of COVID 19. This week has seen the closure of many of our favourite restaurants, with most unsure when, or if, they will be open their doors again.
To help London’s hospitality scene during this uncertain time, we’ve put together a list of restaurants, bars and hotels that we work with offering gift vouchers, delivery services and offers. Please, if you can, help London’s foodie scene thrive once again.
One thing we all know is that the season changes four times a year, but what you might not know is that Dalloway Terrace changes its floral displays seasonally too and it’s always a real sight for sore eyes. For those who fancy catching one of their phenomenal displays at a later stage, grab yourself a gift card now and thank your past self later!
The Milestone Hotel and Residences
The Milestone and Residences is a hotel that encompasses the best of Britishness from its old-world charm through to showcasing some of the highest hospitality standards London has to offer. Support the hotel during this difficult period by opting for a gift voucher that you can use for a later date. You won’t regret it.
There’s nothing more satisfying than indulging in a day of luxury spa treatments and fine dining, and Corinthia London certainly has you covered with their wealth of gift voucher offerings. Each voucher is valid for 12 months which helps to give you flexibility during this period of uncertainty.
Plus, if you’re looking for a last minute Mother’s Day treat, they’re running a Mother’s Day offer for select spa treatments and you’ll even get a pochette with ESPA products for free. Perfect.
The Chesterfield Mayfair
It’s a challenging time for hospitality so why not do your bit and buy a gift voucher that you can use for later on in the year. The Chesterfield Mayfair, the hotel that encompasses quintessential Britishness to a T, has gift vouchers on offer so that you can enjoy their splendid cocktails, themed afternoon teas and quirky charm at a later date.
InterContinental Park Lane
InterContinental Park Lane currently still has its doors open and has a whole host of tempting offers to entice you down from Ella Canta’s exceptional Mother’s Day brunch offering (think 90 minutes of unlimited margaritas. Um, yes please!) to the classic afternoon tea in the Wellington Lounge.
If you’re currently self isolating or working from home, there’s also option to buy gift vouchers so you can enjoy the theatrics of Ella Canta’s flamboyant Mexican offerings or enjoy Theo Randall’s classic Italian dishes at a later date.
While ROBATA has had to sadly close their doors temporarily during this period of uncertainty, you can still support our favourite Soho spot for authentic Japanese cuisine and robata-style dishes by buying one of their gift vouchers and redeeming at a later date.
Fancy venturing back to a simpler time where feasting on banquets and enjoying live entertainment were the norm? Medieval Banquet allows you to do just so. While some events have currently been cancelled, you’re still able to nab yourself a gift voucher for a later date so you too can journey back to the middle of the 10th century and dine like a royal.
Hotel Café Royal
From their classically royal afternoon tea through to their in-house dessert shop, Hotel Café Royal has always been a firm favourite of ours. Spread the love and pick up a voucher to one of their tempting offerings and redeem when things are back to normal.
Those still out and about can head to Cakes & Bubbles and take home their delicious dessert and choccies.
If you get a kick from singing your heart out, albeit slightly out of tune, then you’ll want to get a load of Lucky Voice.
Lucky Voice really is where the party is at. Right now, all three London locations are still open until this evening and welcoming any Beyoncé wannabes, but if you don’t fancy venturing out there’s the opportunity to purchase a bar gift voucher to enjoy at a later date.
Plus, they’re offering The Handbook users an exclusive offer for their online karaoke service! Use the code ‘KEEPSINGING’ and you’ll receive one month of free singing, giving you access to over 9,000 songs to sing along to at home!
The Montague on the Gardens
Tucked out in Holborn sits a Georgian townhouse that’s just waiting to be discovered. The Montague on the Gardens encompasses British charm to its fullest, whether that’s in the traditional service attributes or its love affair with classic British interiors. Help to rival this hotel through the challenging times and gift yourself a gift voucher for another time.
The Coal Shed
Having built quite the name for itself down on the south coast, The Coal Shed’s London outpost champions coal roasted rare breed meat and south coast seafood. If you’re a lover of big meaty flavours and want to get your hand on their surf ‘n’ turf brunch for two gift voucher, you can online so you’ll be able to enjoy at a later date if you don’t fancy venturing into the right now. It’ll be so worth the wait.
InterContinental – The O2
InterContinental – The O2 is home to sweeping views, exceptional service and great location for those hopping to The O2 arena for a concert. Treat your mum for Mother’s Day with a gift voucher for one of their tempting offerings, from sensational spa treatments to a timeless afternoon tea equipped with all of her favourite sweet treats.
The Rubens at the Palace
With views overlooking one of the world’s most famous palaces, Buckingham Palace, it’s hardly surprising The Rubens at the Palace is a hotspot for tourists and locals to while away their weekends engulfed in the best that London has to offer. Buy a gift voucher now so that you have the opportunity to enjoy a tipple in the New York Bar before making your way through to enjoy authentic flavours in The Curry Room.
Home to acclaimed celebrity chef Richard Corrigan, we love the Corrigan collection from Bentley’s oyster bar & grill to Dickie’s bar, Daffodil Mulligan and of course Corrigan’s Mayfair. So, it’s fair to say we are pretty sad that they’ve had to close their doors until the virus clears. But good news for us, the collection is increasing all vouchers’ values by 25% which can be redeemed 1 year from purchase. When we next head out we will truly be able to indulge and treat ourselves to some amazing food, and yes, we can now squeeze in an extra cheeky dessert with our extra 25% value, winning!
Aqua restaurant group from Aqua Nueva, Kyoto, Shard and Hutong, is offering guests who purchase a gift voucher or experience in excess of £100 a free bottle of Veuve Clicquot if purchased before the end of March. So if you want to treat yourself to an incredible day out in London after self-isolation lifts, buy a gift voucher and be treated to a nice bottle of Champers to enjoy during the quarantine. We could think of worse ways to self-isolate.
The Franklin Restaurant
If your loved ones are celebrating a milestone birthday but you can’t go anywhere just yet, The Franklin restaurant’s vouchers are the perfect gift to use for later on in the year. We are ready to get our hands on their offerings from monetary vouchers to use anywhere in the hotel, to champagne Afternoon tea for two and even a cocktail masterclass voucher!
Galvin La Chapelle / Galvin HOP
It’s a difficult time for many right now and the Galvin brothers have released a statement staying they too have closed two of their locations, Galvin La Chapelle and Galvin HOP. If you’d like to support the duo, you can still grab yourself Galvin experiences and vouchers from their online shop, whether that’s a special dinner for two or seven course feast to enjoy later on in the year.
Firmdale Hotels London
If you’re feeling a bit down in the dumps what better gift to yourself is there than a Firmdale experience? It might be a decadent afternoon tea or Weekend Film Club. Even choose a monetary gift voucher which can be exchanged or used in part payment for a wide choice of experiences, such as cocktails and canapés at the bar, dinner in the restaurant, afternoon tea or an overnight stay for you and your friends or partner.
Where: Various London Locations
Athenaeum Hotel & Residences
This family-run hotel in the middle of Mayfair encompasses all things great about London. While most of us are self-isolating when daily life returns a visit to Athenaeum Hotel & Residences is a must. So for now, we can add a range of different gift vouchers to our basket, including afternoon teas, spa treatments, three-course dinners and suite stays, so we can soak up all the best things in life when things get back to normal.
Mac & Wild
Mac & Wild have decided to their doors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy their tasty Scottish dishes from the comfort of your own home! Over on Deliveroo you’ll be able to chomp your way through their haggis creations while enjoying a hefty 50% off the bill. And, the deals don’t end there. On UberEats they’re offering £5 off every £20 you spend – bloomin’ marvellous!
Rather than chatting endlessly about the usual delivery apps, we want to draw your attention to Supper, London’s fine-dining answer to the delivery industry. While you’re working from home, still answering calls from your boss, why not indulge in a lunch treat courtesy of Knightbridge’s favourite, Sumosan Twiga. The resto has recently joined the app, meaning you too can enjoy the award-winning Italian dishes with their Japanese twist in the comfort of your home. Winter black truffle ravioli on the sofa? Go on then!
Expresso delivery! Jak’s Mayfair have teamed up with Deliveroo to allow you lucky lot to continue enjoying their delicious grilled meats, fishes and tempting veggie selections too. Whether you’re looking for a breakfast classic or a lunch-time pizza, Jak’s Mayfair has you covered.
Where: 43 S Molton Street, Mayfair, W1K 5RS
If the barren supermarket shelves are getting you down, why not treat yourself to an indulgent meal from Novikov’s takeaway menu. The Asian restaurant remains open and is offering guests the chance to delight in their Asian favourites from the comfort of their own home. Anyone who is looking to pick up their orders can be met kerbside where a member of staff will bring their food to them. Perfect!
Where: 50A Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8HA
The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar
Tucked in the heart of Shoreditch, The Jones Family Project Restaurant & Bar are currently staying open until Saturday, but you can find their tempting dishes on Deliveroo too if you don’t fancy venturing out. Or, if you fancy trying their dishes at a later date, you can purchase one of their vouchers and they’ll increase any bought by 10% when redeemed too, bargain!
WHERE: 78 Great Eastern Street Shoreditch EC2A 3JL
Running low on supplies? Or, just fed up on trawling the empty shelves at the supermarket? Japan Centre’s online grocery store has your back with all of the essentials and treats you could ever dream of. Stock up on your basics or simply try something new.
Mews Of Mayfair
Pop into Mews of Mayfair for a bite to eat in their spacious courtyard and restaurant for a hearty meal. And if Covid-19 has you wanting to wrap in blankets in the security of your home then fear not, Mews’ delivery service means your fave dishes can be ordered straight to your door. Feast out on truffle pizza, arancini, garlic prawns and parmesan and truffle chips. Our stomachs are growling.
The Prince Akatoki
It’s no secret that The Handbook loves TOKii restaurant, so we are literally rejoicing to hear about the launch of their new takeaway menu, launching on Friday! Yes, we are ready to stuff our faces full of goodness from scrumptious soba noodles, to fresh nigiri, sashimi and handrolls, to pork belly skewers and miso-glazed black cod. Self-isolation just got 1000x better.
Where: 50 Great Cumberland Place, Marylebone, London, W1H 7FD, UK
You might think that the H in hotel sounds for, well, hotel, but at Great Fosters they see things a little differently. For this countryside retreat, H stands for home, because they pride themselves in providing the ultimate home-away-from-home experience. During these challenging times, Great Fosters is offering a WFH offer that champions room service lunch and the all important snacks, complimentary parking, high speed wifi and endless barista coffees in the bar. Sounds like your kind of thing? Get booking here.
Where: Stroude Road, Egham TW20 9UR
DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands
We might have just found the best views in the city. DoubleTree by Hilton Docklands is still open for business and has a tempting afternoon tea offer that we’re currently lusting over, and it involves pirates. Expect an afternoon of bottomless afternoon tea, unlimited rum punch and pirate themed treats.
WHERE: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London - Docklands Riverside, 265A Rotherhithe St, Rotherhithe, London SE16 5HW, UK
Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar
Boasting views of the London Eye, seriously tasty meat dishes and exceptional service, Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar comes through on many levels. Currently they’re running on reduced hours so if you want a piece of the action it’s best to call directly to nab yourself a table.
Where: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, SE1 7PB
If you’re still business as usual, and you’re feeling a bit peckish then head to ultra-cool Amazónico for a tasty bite to eat from 12 pm, whether that’s for a light lunch bite or a gourmet dinner. If you couldn’t make your holiday or that all-important business trip then don’t worry this jungle-themed resto will have you feeling like you’re in the tropics, with great food and cocktails minus the stress of having to find a flight home.
Boyd’s Grill and Wine Bar
With all that’s happening in the world sometimes we just want to enjoy a nice meal and forget about it all. Queue Boyd’s Grill and Wine Bar’s to save the day. For a quick but relaxing lunch pit-stop, feast on Sirloin steak or a fillet of sea trout both paired with french fries and fresh salad. Or opt for a Boyd’s burger from their burger bar, featuring chicken, beef and vegan options to delight your tastebuds. And if you’re still heading to the theatre, then feast on 3-courses ranging from fresh crab cakes, rib-eye steak, New York cheesecake and more for only £26.00. Bargain!
There is no better feeling than checking into your hotel and being offered a free upgrade that you didn’t book. Here to make our hotel stays 100 times better, Baglioni hotels have some great offers for May 2020 that will have us living the life of luxury. Grab a guaranteed upgrade and daily breakfast plus a no-fuss cancellation policy in case that pesky business conference is rescheduled during your stay.
The Piano Works Bar
Sadly, one of our favourite bars has had to temporarily close because of the virus outbreak but that doesn’t mean they are letting all the fun stop. While we are all twiddling our thumbs out of sheer boredom at home, why not pretend we are living our best lives on a Friday and Saturday night rocking out to some awesome music? Well, Piano Works is proving the show must go on by streaming a live concert on Friday & Saturday so we can rock out from our sofas and enjoy some rocking tunes. Plus, we can all air guitar without anyone ever seeing…count us in!
Where: 113-117 Farringdon Rd, Farringdon, London EC1R 3BX
If you’re not sure about venturing outside, how about buying a gift voucher at The Petersham, valid for 12 months, so you can treat your mum to afternoon tea or an indulgent tasting menu anytime throughout the year. The restaurant overlooks the Thames and is bright, light and airy, so will make the perfect treat for any time of the year for your nearest and dearest.
Where: Nightingale Lane, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 6UZ
Sheraton Grand London Park Lane
If you still want to spoil your mum to a Mother’s Day outing but don’t know where to head then look no further than Sheraton Grand London Park Lane. Treat your mum to a Mother’s Day Bottomless brunch at Mercante restaurant and tuck into three delicious Italian courses from delicious poached eggs to Sea Bram, all washed down with free-flowing bubbles. And if brunch is just too early for you and mum, head to Palm Court instead and indulge in a sumptuous afternoon tea with bubbles instead.
Where: Piccadilly, London, W1J 7BX, United Kingdom
South Place Hotel
We love a boutique stay and even more so when it’s at the South Place Hotel. With ultra-comfy beds, cocktails on the terrace and an in-house spa, R&R is definitely a priority here. And South Place is coming through with some great offers for the rest of the year with their exclusive flexible rates, where you can book without a pre-payment and cancel up to 4 pm the day before arrival. If your plans are all up in the air right now, you can feel confident knowing South Place has you covered.