The best value set menus in London right now

Maybe you want to treat yourself because you deserve it, but also you’re watching your wallet because Christmas isn’t cheap.

Well I feel you, and I’m here to help. I personally love opting for the set menu whenever dining at places usually out of my price range- they’re a great way to taste the milk without buying the cow (is that a weird analogy to use right now?)

So here’s a list of my favourite set menus currently available. Take yourself, a loved one/someone you want to impress/ someone you want to strike with envy etc etc and see for yourself why set menus are so darn incredible.

Dinner by Heston, Knightsbridge

Want a taste of Blumenthal magic without having to mortgage your house? Voila. Heston’s two Michelin Dinner can be found inside the beautiful Mandarin Oriental so yes, it’s pretty snazzy and you’ll want to dress to impress. Available Monday-Friday you can find a £45 set lunch of three courses- which, compared to the prices A la carte, is a steal.
With a selection of two options per course- which change with the seasons- this is a perfect way to taste Heston’s creations without committing yourself to a full tasting menu or more outlandish dishes.

Tipsy Cake! 😋🍍✨

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Cigalon, Chancery Lane

Traditional french cooking with updated and super chic modern plating, Cigalon boasts plenty of greenery and comfortable leather booths. They also have a 3 course lunch menu which changes month to month and costs £26.50 a head. Think of lovely french dishes like soothing to your very core pumpkin veloute, and hearty meat dishes with quail and venison. Yum.

Aquavit, Piccadilly

With a pre & post theatre menu, Aquavit is in the perfect spot for dining around a west end show…plus it’s literally two minutes from Phantom of the opera. If you wanted to make somebody’s weekend. Just a suggestion.
For £25, you can enjoy a fresh and playful three course meal which truly captures what nordic cuisine is all about. Their New York branch holds two michelin stars, so it’s no wonder that you’ll be served up beautifully presented plates which somehow turn herring, sour cream and egg yolk into something mouthwatering delicious. If you want a stylish and relaxed meal, and you are partial to a good swedish meatball, this is the place for you.

Cote Brasserie, Various locations

Wow, I can’t believe you’ve put this on the list, this is a chain!
Well yes, but look, three courses for £12.95 in London is criminal. That’s cheaper than a cocktail in most soho bars. And it’s good too; not the biggest portions but for the price they’re big enough and yes, they are french enough too- steak frites? Yes. Chicken chasseur? Yaaas. Plus the setting is pretty jazzy too- mirrors, gentle lighting and comfy seats, what’s not to like.

Hawksmoor, Various locations

Ah Hawksmoor, the staple steakhaus institution that, once upon a time, was a well known haunt for suits talking business whilst the company footed the bill. These days you’ll be glad to know that there’s a much more varied clientele thanks, partially, to their cracking lunch & pre/post theatre set menu. At £28, the three course menu comes with a moreish started, a meaty main plus side, and a traditional British pud to get stuck into.

Destination 👉 Steak.

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