The Handbook
The Handbook

Eat Out To Help Out has been a success. The Treasury will no doubt task a special unit to pore over the numbers to decide if it’s helped the nation, but regardless, it’s been a success for anyone who scored a half price dinner, all those to needed an extra nudge to get them out of the house, post lockdown, and of course to anyone who writes about food and drink – EOTHO articles perform extremely well!

But although the scheme came to a close at the end of August, some restaurants have decided to take it upon themselves to unilaterally extend the scheme without the government’s help. Half price dining used to be just for Pizza Express, but now it extends to a good selection of restaurants. Here are some of our favourites.

Aqua Shard

All of the Aqua restaurants have signed on to continue the EOTHO scheme. Which is great for anyone who loves great British food while enjoying a great British view.

The 31st storey restaurant serves food that rivals the panoramic views, not to mention unmissable cocktails. At fifty percent off, it’s worth it just for the lift-ride!

WHERE: LEVEL 31, THE SHARD, 31 ST THOMAS STREET, LONDON, SE1 9RY
WEBSITE: WWW.AQUASHARD.CO.UK

M Victoria

M Victoria is a subterranean Bond-villain liar type affair, entered through a seemingly run-of-the-mill upmarket wine shop, diners descend into a cavernous bar, restaurant and private club.

And if two-for-one sounds good, then two-for-one on steak sounds amazing, and luckily M Restaurants serve London’s best wagyu steak, though at £25 for 25g, your £10 off might not go too far!

Where: Zig Zag Building, 74 Victoria Street, Westminster, SW1E 6SQ
Website: www.mrestaurants.co.uk

Kricket

It’s the classic restaurant story, from rags (a Brixton shipping container) to riches (a permanent Soho restaurant). Kricket is the brainchild of Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell and despite arguably un-Indian names, the cuisine of Anglo-Indian small plates combines classic British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours of India and it’s one of our favourites.

Spread over two floors, the restaurant includes an open kitchen with counter dining, a subterranean cocktail bar and because of COVID they’ve ditched their frustrating reservations policy that used to only let you book for four or more. So everything was worth it!

Where: 12 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HH
Website: www.kricket.co.uk

Smokestak

Seriously Shoreditch surroundings, industrial chic and one of the best barbecue menus in London, Smokestak has it all.

From huge beef briskets to serve the entire table to  native breed pulled pork by ton, head to tail eating from responsibly sourced producers make Smokestak a perfect post-EOTHO choice.

Where: 35 Sclater Street, Shoreditch, E1 6LB
Website: www.smokestak.co.uk

Aqua Nueva

While Spain is on the ‘banned’ list, you can still travel to Aqua Nueva, the Spanish restaurant on Regent Street. In fact, not can you, but you should!

The restaurant itself reopens on 3rd September, but the restaurant is still serving tapas until then from their phenomenal terrace, possibly the best in the West End.

Where: 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (Entrance 30 Argyll Street), W1B 3BR
Website: www.aquanueva.co.uk

Gaucho

You have your pick of the Gaucho restaurants when the group extends EOTHO in September. Our favourite outposts of one of London’s best steak restaurants is probably Richmond, though we’re also partial to the Thameside views at Tower Bridge, the shopping near Sloane Street and Picadilly or the walks around Hampstead.

Either way, the trendy interiors and consistently good meat will surely give you no excuses not to head to Gaucho.

Where: Across London
Website: www.gauchorestaurants.com

Benares

There’s something ‘curryous’ about Benares; while many posh Indian restaurants run with the British Raj trope (which is perfectly fine and has done well for Gymkhana and the like) Benares does something different, making the food and dining experience the contemporary high end of its peers in Bombay or Delhi. Which makes Benares the go-to for wealthy South Asians visiting town and for anyone else looking for modern brilliant Indian food.

It’s dark, alluring and its extended EOTHO until the end of September. Benares has had a good lockdown, with one of the most innovative delivery services in town, now they’re nailing keeping customers inside too.

Where: 12a Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 6BS
Website:www.benaresrestaurant.com

M Threadneedle St

Sister restaurant to M Victoria, the city version is above ground and airy where its alter ego is subterranean and mysterious. But the meat in both is exquisite, thanks to chef Michael Reid.

EOTHO will only go so far when it comes to 40ml of their 1894 L’Eveil des Sen, which is the Guinness World Record holder as most expensive drink ever sold, which is of course on the menu at M Threadneedle.

Where: 2-3, 60 Threadneedle Street, The City, EC2R 8HP
Website: www.mrestaurants.co.uk

Dalloway Terrace

As terraces go Dalloway Terrace is not only a classic of the genre, it’s one of London’s defining al fresco dining spots.

In an ironic full-circle, the so-called Bloomsbury of 1920s wife-swapping intelligentsia set hit their stride in the midst of the last big pandemic, Spanish Flu, and now the hotel that immortalises their exploits is here to provide a solution to the current pandemic (and it doesn’t (necessarily) involve widespread infidelity). Welcome to Dalloway Terrace at the Bloomsbury.

And what could be more liberal and Bloomsbury-ish than extending EOTHO? Throughout September the infamous eating spot will be operating the scheme on Mondays to Wednesday (when a main course is ordered) giving you a little more cash to buy a cocktail poured from a watering can (it’s a thing).

Where: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, WC1B 3NN
Website: www.dallowayterrace.com

Aqua Kyoto

Completing the trio, along with Nueva and Shard sits Aqua Kyoto. Sharing premises with its Spanish incarnation, Aqua Kyoto serves high-end Japanese cuisine and at an EOTHO discount throughout September.

Enjoy a cocktail on the expansive terrace before or after your meal for the full experience.

Where: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street Entrance 30 Argyll Street, W1B 3BR
Website: www.aquakyoto.co.uk

Sky Garden’s Darwin Brasserie

Darwin Brasserie is perched above Sky Garden, itself perched above London at the top of the ‘walkie-talkie’ tower, otherwise known as 20 Fenchurch Street.

The 36th floor restaurant serves British brasserie food as diners look out across London and the Thames below. Throughout September EOTHO will run on Tuesdays and Wednesdays (they aren’t open on Mondays).

Where: Level 36 Sky Garden, 20 Philpot Lane, The City, EC3M 8AF
Website: www.skygarden.london

COYA Mayfair

Boston Bun may have urged us to ‘Spread love like a Paddington Bear’ but another Peruvian is spreading it far more effectively, by extending EOTHO.

Modern Peruvian restaurant COYA Mayfair is effortlessly sophisticated, with Latin glamour infused in every dish, all in the opulent surroundings of a Mayfair townhouse. Enjoy an Inca Trail inspired Veuve Cliquot brunch launching at the end of September, a re-opened lunch service from Monday September 14th or head to an EOTHO dinner throughout the entire month.

Where: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7NW
Website: www.coyarestaurant.com

Sea Containers Restaurant

The ocean-going Sea Containers Restaurant sits on the ground floor of one of London’s most exciting hotels, Sea Containers London, and is open to all-comers with a great EOTHO offering.

Not least because the Thames-side restaurant features that most coveted of things in these pandemic times, a wraparound al fresco terrace. Decked in tropical foliage, succulents and terrariums (don’t worry, there’s heaters and blankets for when it gets a bit too British), this is how to do dining out properly.

WHERE: 20 UPPER GROUND, SOUTHBANK, LONDON, SE1 9PD
WEBSITE: WWW.SEACONTAINERSLONDON.COM

Fenchurch

Re-opened since September 4th, Fenchurch didn’t want to miss out on the EOTHO action, so  promptly continued the scheme throughout September.

The 37th floor Sky Garden restaurant west-facing views compete with the contemporary British fine dining menu.

Where: Level 37 Sky Garden, 20 Philpot Lane, The City, EC3M 8AF
Website: www.skygarden.london

Zuaya

It really is a jungle out there when it comes to Zuaya. The jungle themed interiors (look out for the monkeys) bring a flavour of Latin America to Kensington, but not nearly as much as the menu does.

Born out of Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi’s love of Spanish tradition, you’ll find an immaculate selection of traditional tapas with punchy flavours travelling from Peru, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil. And for September, it’s on an EOTHO basis on Mondays to Wednesdays.

Where: 35B Kensington High Street, Kensington, W8 5EB
Website: www.zuaya.co.uk

Robata

Chancellor Rishi Sunak may be generous with the taxpayer’s dime, but he’s nothing compared to Robata. The innovative Japanese restaurant has seen EOTHO’s Monday to Wednesday, and raised it to every single day from 5-6pm. So head to Robata for Monday to Sunday Eating Out To Help Out fun.

The izakaya style Japanese serves from a traditional open charcoal oven and you absolutely must pair your dishes with sake.

Where: 56 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1D 4UE
Website: www.robata.co.uk

No 29 Power Station West

One of the most iconic buildings in London, Battersea Power Station continues to undergo its transformation from derelict to luxury and No 29 Power Station West is one of the restaurants in the complex to offer extended EOTHO.

“I’ve got the power…”

Where: 29 Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, SW8 4NN
Website: www.no29powerstationwest.co.uk

Hans’ Bar & Grill

Located in the stylish 11 Cadogan Gardens Hotel, Hans’ Bar & Grill brings EOTHO to Sloane Square this September. Depending on if the weather is as seasonal British as the menu, diners can enjoy al fresco eating or disappear into the stylish interior of the restaurant and hotel.

Where: 164 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW
Website: www.hansbarandgrill.com

Drake & Morgan Kings Cross

The Drake & Morgan group of bars and restaurants are in on the EOTHO game, extending the scheme across their London venues including The Happenstance, Allegory, Sipping Room and Drake & Morgan King’s Cross among others.

Head down to the King’s Cross flagship restaurant and dine in the square outside or in the two floor restaurant with its open kitchen.

Where: 6 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG
Website: www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk

Ting

Up the Shard once more, this time to the highest public dining option in the entire tower (if not London), Ting. The restaurant at the Shangri La London The Shard is signed up to an extended EOTHO and their signature Asian dishes, compete with the elegant Chinoiserie interior and, of course, the far-reaching views.

Where: Level 35, Shangri-La Hotel, 31 St Thomas Street, Borough, SE1 9QU
Website: www.ting-shangri-la.com

116 At The Athenaeum

The pick of Picadilly, 116 At The Athenaeum at The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences are in on EOTHO and offering diners 50% off their meals (or £10) until the end of September.

Going for ‘relaxed chic’, the contemporary British restaurant champions local produce and is headed up by Executive Chef, Ian Howard.

Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, W1J 7BJ
Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

The Corinthia

High tea just got £10 lower at The Corinthia. Whitehall’s most majestic hotel, just a stone’s throw from parliament, Trafalgar Square and the river is perfectly situated for anyone visiting central London.

And with a deal on tea on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday during September there’s yet another reason to make the trip in.

Where: Whitehall Place, Westminster, SW1A 2BD
Website: www.corinthia.com

The Lighterman

The bill is £10 lighter, man, at waterside restaurant The Lighterman.

The King’s Cross pub-slash-restaurant-slash-bar on Granary Square has continued the EOTHO scheme for diners. Ideal for alfresco-ing on the terrace or enjoying the canal views from the dining room, the menu is modern British with European influences.

Where: 3 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4BH
Website: www.thelighterman.co.uk

Gillray’s

Make no mis-steak, Gillray’s is offering EOTHO rates throughout September. The smart steakhouse restaurant boasts some of the best views in London over the Thames toward Parliament but what really counts is the feast you can look forward to on a visit.

A Handbook favourite, bring your most carnivorous friend and knock £10 off the bill.

WHERE: County Hall, Westminster Bridge  Road, Waterloo, SE1 7PB
WEBSITE: www.gillrays.com

Shoryu Ramen

Slurp your way to a bargain at ramen specialists Shoryu Ramen this September. Peddlers of authentic tonkotsu ramen, the restaurants are extending the Eat Out to Help scheme, offering 50% off ramen and curry up to £10 from Mondays to Wednesdays.

Where: Various locations (but try Shoryu Covent Garden, which reopens today, Tuesday 15th September)
Website: www.shoryuramen.com

Hotel Café Royal

Grandly guarding the entrance to Regent Street, Hotel Café Royal sits just off Piccadilly Circus and has been elegantly going about business since 1863, catering for the great, the good and the infamous.

And now at the discounted EOTHO rates as the hotel with its various bars and eateries embraces the extended scheme throughout September.

Where: 68 Regent Street, W1B 4DY
Website: www.hotelcaferoyal.com