Way, way back in The Golden Age - commonly known as January 2020 - you could decide where you wanted to eat, hop on the Tube, or jump in a cab, and be there perusing the menu in under an hour. Now things are different. Now your dinner options are likely to be determined by how long you’re willing to cycle for cheese, or these things called ‘delivery radiuses’. One minute you see that your favourite spot on the other side of town is delivering, the next you realise they aren’t delivering to your area and end up asking the guy at your local off-license if he would mind whipping you up a whole turbot with a white wine sauce.
Luckily, all of the places on this list are delivering across London, so whether you’re based in zone one or zone six you can access excellent food, booze, desserts, and more. Postcode envy, sorted. Plus, if you’re outside of London for lockdown or looking to send a gift, some of these places are delivering nationwide too.
Blacklock specialises in the kind of food that is basically, a hyena’s wet dream. We’re talking meat, meat, a little sticky toffee pudding, and more meat. They’re delivering their Blacklock at Home meal kits across London, including fillet, rump, pork ribs, lamb cutlets, sides, dessert, and more. Just be sure to order around 10am on Mondays as they sell out quick.
Tagliatelle al ragu, bombette, and melanzane alla parmigiana are only three of the meals you can order to make at home from excellent Italian spot, Bocca Di Lupo. And with their step-by-step video instructions, it’ll be near impossible for you to mess it up. You can order directly from their website.
We’ve never needed an emergency pasta survival kit more than we do now. And the Mammas at La Mia Mamma know that. Thankfully their city-wide delivery means the whole of London can enjoy fresh pasta, pizza, parmigiana, and wine too. Order yours here.
This Highbury wine bar and restaurant has done a full quarantine re-brand and is now delivering everything from a £50 feast involving fresh tagliatelle to a 2 litre bag of Negroni from their online shop AKA Shop Cuvée.
The only thing standing between you and the respect of your flatmate is a decent meal. And Lina Stores meal kits include three types of fresh pasta, homemade sauces, and even parmigiano to sprinkle on top. Thankfully they’re delivering everything from meal kits and Italian sausages, to bacci brownies across London.
Patty & Bun
You’ve had enough disappointing home-made burgers that you’re close to forgetting what a real burger tastes like. Patty and Bun’s DIY lockdown burger kit is here to remind you. For £25, the kit comes with everything you need to make four Ari Gold or Smokey Robinson burgers. Get yours here.
The South East Cakery & Café
This cake shop is usually all about huge wedding cakes, and while we would fully support your decision to order a wedding cake for you and your dog, you should know that they’re now delivering care packages full of essentials, and family-sized brownies.
Making fresh sauerkraut at home is hard. Trust us, our kitchen still smells like cabbage. Luckily, Monty’s are delivering their fresh bagels, salt beef, pastrami, and yes, their garlic and dill sauerkraut. Offering speedy delivery from Tuesday to Friday, you can get yourself a pickle T-shirt on their website too.
Nonna Tonda have made it their personal mission to deliver fresh pasta across the whole of London during lockdown. Know what we call that? God’s work. Order fresh pasta here.
Arancini brothers understand the importance of deep fried rice balls. And more importantly, they understand that we can’t be trusted to make them from scratch. Which is why they’re delivering lockdown risotto ball kits across London. And don’t worry, there’s a recipe video on their website.
This American dive bar is offering Philly cheesesteak bundles, hoagie bundles, and wings bundles to make at home. They’re also delivering 5-litre kegs, in case you need something to wash those cheesesteaks down with. You can order from their website.
Mac & Wild
If one type of meat isn’t enough for you, then Mac and Wild’s Venimoo burger kit should be on your radar. With both beef and venison patties, it comes with enough to make four burgers and includes everything down to the pickles. They’re also delivering dirty brunch burger kits for four, which comes with 10 cocktails. You do the math. Order from their website.
Look, if you don’t like the sound of a massive beef, thyme, and celeriac pie or a lemon curd and strawberry jam ice cream, then we just don’t think we can be friends anymore. Those are just a couple of the dishes you can expect from this modern British spot, but you’ll find smoked chorizo mince, whipped smoked cod’s roe, sparkling wines, fresh herb boxes, and more, on their website too.
If one of your dreams involved you living in a moving vehicle that also sells smoked meat then you might consider applying to work at Charred. They probably don’t live in the food truck, but they are delivering things like smoked brisket, pulled beef, and whole chipotle chickens across London. DM them on Instagram to order.
Imagine if all clocks were just doughnuts. Welcome to our quarantine thoughts, people. More importantly, welcome to a world where you can get DIY Doughnut Time kits delivered to your door. Not only are they delivering nationwide, you’ll find everything from a cookie dough sando kit to a biscoff doughnut special on their website.
If getting what is probably London’s best gelato straight to your door doesn’t sound like an excellent idea, then we don’t know what is. Gelupo are delivering all over - you just need to reserve a weekend delivery spot - and the minimum order is two half-litre tubs. Which, frankly, will be the least of your problems once you look at that ricotta sour cherry, and the rest of the menu.
How does a pistachio rose and raspberry cake sound right about now? We’re guessing pretty good. L’Eto Caffe makes some of the best cakes in London and they’re delivering everything from an old fashioned chocolate cake to their saffron dulce de leche. Be warned that their full cakes are quite pricey but entirely worth it. If you’re after something a little more affordable, you’ll find fresh pastries, meringue specials, and cupcakes on their website too.
Crosstown Doughnuts & Coffee
All you need is love. Now, replace the word ‘love’ with ‘doughnuts’ and you’re on our wavelength. Crosstown are delivering huge boxes of their popular doughnuts, ranging from their vegan selection to a six-piece working from home set that comes with ground coffee. There’s pantry essentials, St. John wine, nut-free options, and gift-wrapping available too. Just be aware that you might need to book the day ahead for further afield areas.
Is your bubble tea deprivation turning you into the kind of person that replies to any question with a grunt? Or worse, someone who replies ‘K.’? Luckily, Dragon Cat Café are delivering their top bubble tea kits. Flavour-wise expect everything from Oreo milk to rose green, as well as plenty of other classics.
The Treats Club specialise in doughnuts and marshmallow fluff. We would like to specialise in eating doughnuts and marshmallow fluff. It’s a match made in heaven. If you feel the same, check out their online shop where you’ll find their design-your-own hot doughnut sundae kit, with a biscoff vegan option too.
Lily Vanilli Bakery
Please don’t alert our future spouses, but 99% of the reason we want to get married is for an excuse to buy one of Lily Vanilli’s incredible cakes. This bakery creates the kind of patisserie, cupcakes, and baked goods that we’re not sure whether to eat or frame, and they’re delivering across London. Check out their ASAP delivery option or their website if you’re after something more bespoke.
Jack & Beyond
Brownies, tarts, and cookies in the shape of Frida Kahlo and corgis. That’s just some of the things you can expect from this bakery’s online shop. They’re doing UK-wide delivery but make sure you allow enough time for shipping, especially if you happen to get one of their great gift bag boxes as a present for someone.
We never went to Hogwarts but we’re pretty sure Hacha’s mirror margarita is magical. This excellent clear margarita is available for delivery by the bottle on their website, as well as a luxury agave spirit tasting flight if you’re feeling fancy. They’re delivering nationwide from Tuesday to Friday.
Sure, Wine On Wheels might sound like an accident waiting to happen, but it’s actually the super-handy wine delivery launched by Passione Vino. One of our favourite little spots to drink wine, they’re now bringing the wine straight to you, including countless Italian classics and plenty of affordable options too. Be sure to order the day before if you’re beyond six miles of their shop in Shoreditch.
St. John Bar And Restaurant
Few things will spark joy in the heart of most quarantiners (is that a word?) like a box of wine. Especially if that wine is from St. John. You can order three litres of rosé, red, or white wine for under £40 directly from their online shop.
The Sun Tavern
Whether you’re in desperate need of a sazerac, or desperately need to send a keg of Belgian beer to Birmingham for a reason you’d rather not disclose, The Sun Tavern has got your back. Not only are they delivering across London, they’re also delivering everything from their paloma kit to their London pilsner beer pong set internationally too.
Lady Of The Grapes is a truly great little wine bar with a French feel and enough Bordeaux to make you think things like ‘huh, maybe I am this generation’s Jane Birkin’. You can now get that feeling at home by ordering wine - and importantly, cheese - directly from their website. Their lockdown survival boxes look particularly great, but we’ve also got our eye on their black cherry jam.
We’ve probably spent more of our life in a beer garden than we spent attending university lectures. And you know what? We regret nothing. If you’re looking to turn your garden, sofa, or bathroom (hey, we don’t judge) into your new beer garden for the day then it’s time for a big order from Crate Brewery website. Twelve-pack encouraged.
If we survived that first week of lockdown with no toilet roll, we can survive anything, right? Wrong. We can’t survive without decent coffee, which is why we’re glad that this cute little café in Battersea is delivering its coffee beans from the Philippines across London. Order from their online shop.
We were a little hurt to find out that Flying Horse don’t deliver their coffee beans via unicorn. But they are delivering their quality beans across the whole of London, which is good enough for us. You can get your coffee fix from their website.