A month ago you entered lockdown, and your kitchen, with the naive enthusiasm of a first round Masterchef contestant. You were going to make ravioli, sous vide a carrot, and shower Barry from Eastenders - your firstborn sourdough starter - with warmth and affection. Fast forward to now, and things look very different. You’ve been banned from flour after Scarface-ing the kitchen, and Barry from Eastenders has been lost to the black hole, a.k.a. the top shelf of the fridge. Thankfully, there are plenty of excellent London restaurants able to give you a helping hand with a DIY meal kit. From pizza to pasta, here are 36 options to make you feel like a pro in your PJs.
You’re hopeful. You’re sweating. You refresh the webpage every ten seconds. No, we’re not talking about trying to secure Glastonbury tickets, we’re talking about trying to get your hands on Bao’s DIY kits. Although they’re incredibly popular, it’s worth a little organisation to secure one of their classic pork bao kits and maybe (definitely) one of their umeshu negroni cocktail pouches too. Orders go live every Monday at noon.
The closest you’ve ever come to ‘mastering the kitchen’ is that time you played Mr Bumble in your primary school rendition of Oliver Twist. Luckily, the Smokestak meal kits look pretty foolproof. As well as meaty finish-at-home feasting boxes, they’re also delivering DIY bun kits including their beef brisket. Plus, there’s cocktails and sticky toffee pudding too.
We hate the queues to get into Dishoom. What do we like about Dishoom? Pretty much everything else. Especially their little breakfast champ, the bacon naan. Now you can eat it at home with their DIY kit. It’s packed full of dough and bacon. It looks relatively easy to master. And, it’s being delivered nationwide. Pre-order on their website.
This upmarket Italian restaurant near Smithfield Market, ships meal kits and deli boxes out Friday and Saturday every week across north and east London. The deli box is just £49 and contains a bottle of Prosecco and an array of salumi. Meanwhile, the £80 Italian feasting kit for two contains everything you need for a big night in, from antipasti, and a pasta primi, through secondi like glazed beef cheeks, contorni, and dessert.
Considering we regularly polish off an entire pizza, a loaf of garlic bread, and an entire tub of ice cream on our lonesome, it takes a lot for us to label something a feast. But that’s exactly what Berenjak is delivering in their kebab meal kit. For £25 you get a huge selection of lamb and chicken kebabs, skewers, salad, their excellent bread, and some mast-o-musir. Whether you fire up that new barbie or keep it casual with the oven is up to you, either way you can order here.
This cute and casual Burmese spot is delivering dinner hampers, noodle kits, and DIY salad situations. If you’re wondering what a salad is, it’s something you used to eat before your diet solely consisted of gin and ‘one more jammy dodger’. Expect ginger salads, a tea leaf number, coconut noodles, paratha, and importantly, margaritas.
Shad Thames Italian spot Legare is delivering Legare-at-Home, a four course dinner for two. You get a freshly baked focaccia and spuntini, a selection of seasonal antipasti, and your choice of fresh pasta which requires some finishing at home. There’s also dessert and amaretti biscuits included. The regular kit costs £48, but you’re a premium person so you should probably get their premium kit. For just a tenner more it comes with a secondi which changes every week, but if you’re thinking of a slow braised lamb shank with beans and gremolata, then you’re on the right tracks.
If, like us, your days revolve around the excitement of deliveries and the thrill of a new SAD lamp arriving, then imagine how you’ll feel when a hunk of salt beef or a full reuben sandwich kit is coming to your door. That’s the deal from Monty’s online shop, and we can’t really recommend it enough because, let’s be honest, you’re not gonna be making salt beef anytime soon. Plus, there’s freshly baked bagels, pastrami, and Monty’s mustard to get involved in too.
Making your own pizza might sound easy but so did baking your own sourdough and we all know how that turned out. But, thanks to this casual Italian spot, you can now try your hand at making your own pizza in the safe hands of their instructions and prepared ingredients. Not into freshly baked pizza? Well, yes, we are judging you but you should know there’s a fresh pasta kit too. Head to their website to order.
In case you haven’t noticed, front gardens are the new back gardens, parks, festivals, and pretty much anything else. With that in mind, a stoop barbecue has been on our minds. If you’re thinking the same, then you’ll want Patty & Bun’s DIY lockdown burger kit. It comes with everything you need for an Ari Gold or Smokey Robinson burger. You can order here.
QCH is a rare thing. It’s one of London’s best restaurants, wine bars, butchers, and shops, and it’s possible to enjoy it all in your own kitchen as well. Lots of the dishes here have gained legendary, almost mythological status - their pies and confit potatoes to mention two - and you can order them to cook at home from their website.
The takeaway options from Levan in Peckham require minimal assembly and just a touch of simple reheating at home. We’re pretty sure even we could manage that. And we’re pretty sure the potato, mushroom, and Vacherin pie will impress anyone you choose to share yours with. Same goes for the tarte tatin. Order here.
If you’ve ever been on a feral teenage holiday, or if you fancied yourself as ‘a bit of a Heston’ at university, then you’ll be familiar with the concept of the frying pan pizza. The people who run Pizza Pilgrims are too. Only they’re not idiots. They’ve devised an at-home pizza kit for you to impress everyone at home with. Order here and, don’t worry, there is a YouTube tutorial as well.
Ombra is an Italian spot overlooking Regent’s Canal in Hackney that’s making fresh rigatoni, trofie, squid ink taglioni, goat curd and hazelnut ravioli, and more for you to cook at home. You can get sauces too - tomato, wild garlic pesto, and lamb ragu - as well as desserts and other tasty bits you can pretend you cooked from scratch. Check out the full menu.
Peckham’s go-to Taiwanese spot is selling its delicious homemade pork, chicken, and vegetable dumplings in frozen batches. 20 dumplings will cost you £15 or 40 will cost you £25, and you just need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to organise collection or local delivery.
We once described this Soho restaurant as “seamlessly excellent”, and now they are sending out some excellent-looking weekly meal kits. You can choose from antipasti, stews, pasta, and meat for the BBQ, and all you have to do is follow their step-by-step video instructions to assemble and cook your meal at home. Order here for delivery across London.
N.b. Padella has paused meal kits during reopening.
Padella is doing pasta kits. There are generally three or four on offer at any one time and they might include tomato tagliarini, beef shin ragu, or fettucine nduja. They’re around £15 each, are enough for two people, and take minimal preparation so you’ll simply need a couple of pans. Check out their shop for next-day delivery within a 6km radius of King’s Cross.
Pacco di mamma (mamma’s package) is how La Mia Mamma in Chelsea is describing their enormous Italian care package. It’s full of DIY and ready-to-eat bits, from pizza dough to arancini, to homemade sauces, and a kilo of pasta dough in case you’re feeling confident. The mega-package is made for two, but you can also order it for one if you prefer.
Soho’s Italian-inspired Manteca has launched Manteca At Home. They’ve made their entire menu - from focaccia sold by the slab to their iconic tonnarelli and brown crab cacio e pepe - available for delivery or collection from sister restaurant Smokestak over in Shoreditch, and all of it is ready for you to cook at home. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the week’s offering and place your order for Saturday delivery around east and north London.
Sussex is a modern British spot in Soho that’s offering beef wellington, pies, garlic, wild garlic pesto, rhubarb ice cream, and more from its restaurant group’s website.
We love Popham’s for a lot of reasons. Their pastries, their complimentary sparkling water tap, and also for their lovely handmade pasta. Now you can cook that pasta at home, thanks to Popham’s DIY kits. The shapes and sauces change, but if the lamb ragu is available, order it. The delivery slots go fast, so be sure to try at the start of the week.
Blacklock specialises in huge piles of meat, so it should come as no surprise that their Blacklock at Home meal kit contains a lot of meat, and sides, and a white chocolate cheesecake. Stocks are replenished on Monday for delivery later that week. Order here.
If you live within a five-mile radius of Soho’s Golden Square, you can order Bancone at Home. Pasta Kits are available for two or four people, and come with everything necessary to recreate their bucatini cacio e pepe or their spinach and ricotta ravioli with sage butter in your own kitchen. They’ve also got a few anitipasti, dessert, and wine options in case you want to make a night of it. Order here.
Townsend is a modern British spot in the Whitechapel Gallery that’s making recipe boxes for you surreptitiously pass off as your own if you so please. For starters there are options of potato dumplings and brown shrimp, or asparagus with parsley mayonnaise and egg, while pork belly or curried potato cakes are on the mains menu. there are some Sunday roast options too.
There’s something uniquely satisfying about a good pub meal. It’s the booze, mostly. But when it’s from the Camberwell Arms, it’s more than likely the beef and bone marrow pie too. The brilliant gastropub has made a changing selection of their dishes available to collect or deliver, and to finish off at home. Think pies and gratin, fresh pasta and porchetta, all plated by your own hands.
M. Manze’s is one of London’s most well known pie and mash shops. They’ve been around since 1902 and you can get them in your oven too. Order from their website and fill up your freezer with pastry, liquor and jellied eels as well.
Nonna Tonda is a pasta spot in Victoria that’s taken on the very important mantle of ensuring every area of London has a supply of handmade pasta and sauces. It’s a simple (and fun) format in which you tell them how many people you want food for, select what you like or don’t like to eat, and then where you live. Then, just sit back and wait for the carbs to come to you.
Mac and Wild, home of the Veni-Moo burger (a double whammy of venison and beef), have created a burger kit so you can make their signature burger at home. Each kit comes with enough to feed four and includes everything you need, down to the gherkins. Order here.
The popular Middle Eastern brunch spot isn’t delivering shakshuka all over London, but it is delivering a DIY recipe kit to its chocolate tahini babka if you’re looking to stand apart from the banana bread crowd.
This Spanish restaurant in Marylebone is delivering hot food locally, but they’ve also got a 10-mile radius operation delivering jamon cut to order, wine, and incredible pieces of Galician Blond steak. They’ve also put together BBQ selection boxes ranging from £50 for four burgers and a 400g sirloin, to £150 for eight burgers, two 800g beef ribs, half a kilo of presa ibérica and a Galician Blond fillet.
Philly cheesesteak specialists Passyunk are delivering cheesesteak, wings, and combo bundles all over London. You can choose between provolone, American, and wiz cheese, or a mixture of all three.
Whether or not you had a holiday to Thailand booked, Highbury’s Farang will do a fine job of (mentally) transporting you in that direction with its Thai curry recipe kits. There are red, green, massaman, and jungle curry kits all priced at £18 (for two people) and are available for collection Wednesdays and Saturdays.
The Cheese Bar have got a quite an operation going on. Not only can they deliver to most postcodes beginning with an E on your chosen day, but they’re trucking all over town, dropping packs off from Lewisham to Hounslow. They’re delivering cheese and charcuterie survival kits, but you’re here for the Fondue-It-Yourself kit,which includes a whole bunch of cheese, a baguette, potatoes, cornichons, a bottle of wine, and a couple of shots of cherry liquor. They’ll even supply you with fondue pot stand and forks if you need.
Studies have shown that if you dream of pasta three nights in one week, that your subconscious is telling you to buy a fresh pasta meal kit from Lina Stores. Each kit has 1.3kg of pasta, with different types including fresh ravioli and pappardelle. As well as two sauces, parmigiano, and butter. They’re also delivering pizza kits, which can be a fun thing to make with your children, or your flatmate that’s been acting like a child.
Supa Ya Ramen’s online shop is open from Monday to Wednesday for miso or soy bundle ramen kits that include: pickles or chilli corn, fresh ramen, smoked miso or ponzu chilli seasoning, and confit garlic or smoked bacon oil. Meat or egg extras will have to come from your end, but that’s why it’s DIY, isn’t it.
Peckham’s Artusi (alongside Marcella, their sister restaurant in Deptford) is delivering fresh pasta and sauces all over south London, alongside other homely Italian classics. There’s cavatelli and squid ink spaghetti, a sausage and saffron ragu, a chicken cacciatore, and a lemon and rosemary posset to finish things off. Will you be making all of this? No. Will you be taking the credit? Absolutely.