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How to save money dining in London

April 20, 2018

As any London resident will quickly testify, the amount of food temptation in the capital is bordering on the staggering. Whether it’s your typical national, or international, chain, or even an independent establishment, the variety is up there with the best in the world.

As you’ve probably gathered, this poses problems for the Average Joe.

Target the areas with a high concentration of restaurants

One of the biggest favours you can do to your wallet is at least offer yourself variety. The more restaurants on offer, the more choice you have and the less likely you are to spend money. Suffice to say, if you just have one expensive deli in the area you happen to be, you’ll be spending plenty regardless. If you have numerous restaurants in one place, it doesn’t have to be like that.

This is where areas such as Covent Garden really come into their own for eating. The choice here is aplenty and you can find some real gems that allow you to dine out without spending your week’s budget on one meal.

The power of social media

Love it or hate it, for those of you who are searching for food bargains on the streets of London, social media can be absolutely invaluable. This is the medium in which companies can quickly announce their special deals and if you’re not following them, you’ll be sure to miss out.

The big chains tend to advertise their discounts weeks in advance, but smaller, independent ones usually do it on the fly. They’ll usually do it in the middle of a slow day so if you are following them, you can quickly reap the rewards.

Sure, it’s probably not a tactic that is going to work every day, but with so many restaurants in London you will be able to obtain a lot of savings via the approach.

Vouchers are now completely portable

We all know about voucher websites – they’ve been at the centre of our online shopping habits for a number of years now.

However, many of these websites have spanned right the way across to apps and this means that you can quickly use them on-the-go. Gone are the days where you have to use the office printer to print your coupon; by simply carrying one of the many voucher code apps on your phone you can obtain your discount instantaneously.

Most discounts of this ilk aren’t available during peak times, so forget it if you’re looking for savings across the weekend. However, for those of you who like nipping out on your lunch hour to one of the main London eateries, this can save you considerable pennies through the course of a month.

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