Money-saving Tips for Eating Out in London

London has thousands of restaurants for every taste, and, from traditional pubs to American-style diners to gourmet Indian, there’s an eatery for everyone.  But family restaurant meals can be pricey, and a week of eating out while on vacation can add up to big spending.  Luckily, there are a few money-saving websites where visitors to London can find great deals on both high-end and casual eateries to keep those vacation pounds stretching further.

The British Afternoon Tea Guide

Find two for one tea experiences at London’s swankiest hotels, as well as unique London venues in which to enjoy an upscale brew on this beautifully presented website.  If you’re not sure if you should book an afternoon tea during your trip to London, one visit to afternoontea.co.uk will convince you to put it on the itinerary, and you’ll save money, too.

Belgo

Best known for mussels, frites and beer, this Belgium-inspired eatery has four locations in London, but the best-kept secret is their Beat the Clock promotion, offered Monday to Friday, between 5:00 pm and 6:30 pm.  Choose one of five dishes, and pay the price shown at the time of your food order.  For example, if you order at 5:10 pm, your meal costs  £5.10.  Belgo also offers Monday Mussel Madness, where customers can order any mussel dish for £10, and comes with a free drink.

Bookatable.com

Find discounts and promotions at popular London restaurants on this user-friendly, visually appealing website. Visitors can search by type of cuisine, location or price, and can find deals like £30 per person for three courses and a seasonal cocktail at the OXO Tower Brasserie Restaurant on London’s South Bank, between Sunday and Friday, for limited early or late dinner seatings.

OpenTable

Search this comprehensive site by Special Offers and find deals like four courses and a summer Bellini for £30 per person at Maze Gordon Ramsay (one of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants), in Mayfair.  Visitors can filter results by meal price, like under £20, or type of deal, like half price or two for one, by restaurant location, or type of cuisine.

Sugarvine.com

A great resource for tourists looking to book the perfect table for a special dinner out or a casual cafe to refuel after a  morning of sightseeing, Sugarvine has restaurant menus, links to special offers, vouchers, and deals,  as well as restaurant reservations and reviews.  Among the many offers, we found Stupendous Afternoon Tea based on Mathilda the Musical at Scoff and Banter in Covent Garden, priced at £29.50 for adults and £13.75 for kids under 12, as well as tapas for two, plus a jug of sangria, for £22 at Barcelona Tapas.

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