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20 Gift Ideas To Order From London Restaurants

Whether it’s your best mate’s birthday, or you want to surprise someone with an ibérico ham leg, here are some great gift ideas.

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One of everyone’s great takeaways (no, not that kind) over lockdown has been that there is nothing, literally nothing, more thrilling than the doorbell ringing. The anticipation. The excitement. The inevitable disappointment when it’s for your neighbour. But, imagine if it wasn’t. Imagine if it was an Ottolenghi hamper for your parents, or a half-litre of honeycomb gelato for your best mate. Sounds good, right? And you’ll be supporting restaurants while you’re at it.

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Gelupo

££££
Ice CreamItalian  in  Soho
££££ 7 Archer St

What they’ve got: Gelato, gelato, and more gelato.

Believe us when we say that Gelupo’s gelato is the kind of gift that will see you level up in the social hierarchy. Sudden invites to previously secret Tuscan holidays. Weekend FaceTime calls. Becoming an unexpected will beneficiary. Seriously, it just takes a few tubs of pistachio and some fresh mint stracciatella.

The Sun Tavern

££££ 66 Long Acre

What they’ve got: Kegs, cocktails, picnic hampers, cocktails, and more cocktails.

Some people write love letters. Some people hand-make gifts for their loved ones. And some people shout ‘let me get you another drink!’. Yes, if your love language is basically booze, look no further than The Sun Tavern. Their online shop has £30 quarantini cocktail kits, spritz kits, mini kegs with tankards, beer pong kits, and even a massive park-ready picnic hamper. Plus, they’re even shipping internationally.

Ottolenghi

££££
££££ 287 Upper Street

What they’ve got: Homeware, hampers, books, unicorn-rare spices.

Yotam Ottolenghi is the man who has made many hyperventilate in the spice aisle of a supermarket hours before a dinner party. Newsflash people: you can find dried rose petals on the Ottolenghi online shop. Jokes aside, there’s lots of tasteful (and delicious) stuff to choose from here.

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Doughnut Time

££££
Cafe/Bakery  in  Soho
££££ 96 Shaftesbury Ave

What they’ve got: DIY doughnut kits, a cookie dough sando pack, and hoodies they’ll wear every single day until lockdown is over.

In lockdown we are always one of three things. Bored. Hungry. Or bored and hungry. Sending someone Doughnut Time’s DIY kit will help with all of the above, and when it comes to decorating your fresh doughnuts there’s everything from icing to biscoff to choose from. Plus, they have some cheerful, cosy merch on their online shop too. Think Fashion Week but you know, in celebration of carbohydrates and being comfy af.

River Café

££££
££££ Thames Wharf, Rainville Rd

What they’ve got: Cookbooks, homeware, a lobster.

Like kitchen roll and three types of hot sauce, The River Café Cook Book should be a universal kitchen staple. The 30th anniversary book will also improve any shelf, anywhere, such is its good looks. That aside the online shop has a loads of classy produce and some jazzy napkins.

Honey & Co.

££££ 25 Warren St

What they’ve got: Fancy chocolate, wine, cookbooks, and some very aesthetically pleasing homeware.

Honestly, if we owned Honey & Co’s linen apron we’d cook a whole lot more. We might even turn into the kind of people that make marmalade at home. Until then, you can order everything from their homemade jams to their popular Food From The Middle East cookbook for nationwide delivery, as well as everyone’s classic go-to gift, chocolate.

Persepolis

££££
££££ Peckham High St.

What they’ve got: Saffron, skewers, and job opportunities.

Just like the interior of this Persian-inspired deli and restaurant, there are all sorts of bits and bobs on Persepolis’ website. Multiple vegetarian cookbooks with recipes from Peckham, Persia and elsewhere, hampers full of spices, and best of all, a voucher to be kitchen porter at the restaurant for the day.

Top Cuvée

££££
££££ 177B Blackstock Rd

What they’ve got: Wine, cocktails, a tie-dye t-shirt, hand sanitizer. Basically, everything they could possibly want and more.**

We’re pretty sure the only thing you won’t find available on Top Cuvée’s online shop is the secret to eternal youth. Seriously, they’ve got wine survival packs, batched cocktails from excellent bar Three Sheets, an orange wine t-shirt, flower boxes, mini kegs, tie-dye merch, a two-litre bag of negroni, and plenty of other options. Special shoutout to their birthday party pack that includes a meal deal, wine, cocktails, and a party playlist AKA. the perfect present for your mate that always forgets their own birthday.

Monty's Deli

££££
££££ 35 Earlham St

What they’ve got: Meat, tees.

You’ve probably received some amazing presents throughout your life. But have you ever been thoughtfully sent 400g of vac packed salt beef and pastrami? No, us neither. And that needs to change. Especially when you can order online from Monty’s Deli.

Lina Stores King's Cross

££££
££££ 20 Stable Street

What they’ve got: Pastel homeware, wine, gift vouchers, and importantly, cannoli.

Oh Lina Stores, you mint green, retro, Wes Anderson wet dream. Pretty much everyone wants their kitchen to look like this seriously charming, pastel Italian restaurant. And now, thanks to their online shop, they can. We’re talking mint green tea towels, candy-stripe tote bags, deli essentials, and gift vouchers if you think they’d rather wait for the real thing. And yes, there’s cannoli too.

Noble Rot

££££
££££ 51 Lamb’s Conduit St

What they’ve got: Magazines, prints, totes.

A subscription to Noble Rot magazine is truly one of the best things you can get for someone who enjoys eating, drinking, and admiring excellently designed covers. That and back issues aside, the shop also has their classic “Sex, Drugs, And Pinot Noir” tote.

Ikoyi London

££££
African  in  Soho
££££ 1 Saint James's Market

What they’ve got: Coffee and caviar.

The West African-influenced fine dining spot has a short but sweet selection of things to buy, vouchers withstanding. Including hand picked caviar specially aged and selected for the restaurant. Not for any Tom, Dick, or Harry, that.

Climpson & Sons

££££
££££ 67 Broadway Market

What they’ve got: _ Some very cool and casual t-shirts, coffee subscriptions, and all things coffee nerd, in the best way possible._

If you’re not really into coffee then you might think that Climpson And Sons’ website is full of bongs for giants - they’re coffee makers, don’t panic. These coffee pros have got countless gift options from coffee beans to branded mugs and t-shirts. Their Climpson’s cupping box gift set and their explorer monthly bean subscription are great shouts if you’re buying for someone who’s just getting into home brewing. Also, their espresso martini kit is perfect for pretty much everyone.

Quality Chop House

££££
££££ 94 Farringdon Rd

What they’ve got: Hampers, world famous potatoes.

The QCH hampers are the stuff of legend. We’ve known people (us) to eat their jars of jam by the teaspoon. Whichever one you go for, their confit potatoes are very much included.

Jack & Beyond

££££ 606 Fulham Road

What they’ve got: Cookies decorated to look like celebrities and DIY cookie decoration kits.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, says ‘I love you’ like sending someone a corgi cookie. Except maybe, actually saying ‘I love you’ but who has the emotional capacity for that. Instead, send sugar in the form of Jack and Beyond’s celebrity cookies. You’ll find everyone from the Queen and her corgi to Frida Kahlo and Barack Obama treats on their website. Heads up, there are DIY decoration kits too.

Tapas Brindisa

££££
££££ 18-20 Southwark St

What they’ve got: Hampers, ham, chorizo so big you could have sword fights with it.

The Brindisa website is a treasure trove of stuff you want to eat with family, friends, and almost entirely with your hands. There are DIY kits for their famous chorizo rolls, cheese boxes, and - if you really want to treat someone - £500 legs of ibérico ham.

Bao

££££
Taiwanese  in  Soho
££££ 53 Lexington St

What they’ve got: Ceramics, homeware, t-shirts, and our personal favourite, their posters.

We’ll let you in on a couple Infatuation London secrets. Yes, we do consume an alarming quantity of antacids, and also we’re very partial to giving each other gifts from Bao. Why? Because their merch is just so fucking nice. As well as seriously good looking homeware, quality ceramics, and oolong gin, their graphic posters will look good in pretty much any flat. Be sure to check out their signature Bao t-shirts and tote too.

The Treats Club

££££

What they’ve got:The power couple that is melted chocolate and doughnuts, delivered.

When we’re sad we like to watch those videos where someone saves a deer from a pond whilst like, a Coldplay song plays or something. Ideally, whilst also mainlining Cadbury’s. Which brings us onto The Treats Club’s DIY hot doughnut sundae kits, because short of Bambi rescue clips, we can’t think of anything much better to cheer someone up. You can choose between biscoff, orea, and nutella here.

St. John Bar And Restaurant

££££
££££ 26 St John St

What they’ve got: T-shirts, tea towels, totes, and tasteful stuff.

How much St. John merch do we own? Enough to make us look like we’re in some sort of pork cult, that’s for sure. Classic t-shirts and 10l boxes of wine aside, there are a couple of essential cookbooks, and their unique negroni mix too.

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