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A Bit Smarter Eating Out London

Lyle’s, Shoreditch

January 3, 2015

I’ve already admitted that I’m rather terrible at booking restaurants in advance. This probably surprises a lot of people because I am quite an organised person, even pedantic at times, so this must be my exception that proves the rule. I often start out with good intentions and try to book something a couple of weeks in advance, but I either A: have so many options that my food FOMO and plate envy kick in and I can’t decide, or B: have whittled down to a shortlist only to find that they are all booked out and I am back to square one.

This is where the new app ‘Uncover’ can come in and save my bacon. Basically made for people like me, it lets you know which of those hard-to-book restaurants have tables available on the day. Yes, you read right, on the day which means you don’t have to guess several weeks in advance whether you’d prefer that upmarket dim sum place or the new swanky French bistro. I thought my last working day of 2014 was worth celebrating, we had no plans so I decided to download Uncover and test it out…

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A Bit Smarter Eating Out London

The Dairy, Clapham Old Town

November 3, 2014

How many times have you made a dinner reservation more than a week in advance? Before I moved to London, my answer to that would be ‘almost never’. There would be the odd occasion like High Tea at Hippopotamus for Mother’s Day or a big boozy BYO for me and 20 of my workmates that I definitely had to book in a couple of weeks earlier but generally I’m just not that organised. But I am working on it…

Unsurprisingly, I have a rather long list of places I want to try out but as it happens, thousands of other food-crazed Londoners also seem to have the same list. I’m learning the hard way that booking a Saturday night dinner on the Thursday beforehand rarely works, and don’t even bother trying to get in before the dinner rush because there’s always a rush. On the flipside, I guess I should be grateful for the places that do take bookings, because the one thing I find more ridiculous is a restaurant making me queue outside for 2 hours, I don’t care how good your lobster is.

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