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Pizza Express- Leicester Square

When it comes to the end of the month and you’re tight for cash but you don’t want to be a social recluse, Orange really have come up with the answer, Orange Wednesdays! I’m pretty sure everyone is aware of their fantastic 2 for 1 cinema ticket promotion which has been running for years, but did you know you can also use your ticket for Pizza Express?

All you have to do is text ‘Film’ to 241 and you’ll receive a text with a number on it. Then just go to the orange website and print off the corresponding voucher and fill in the number that has been text to you. Do note though, that you should do this in advance, it took about an hour to receive the code through to my phone.

This week I met a friend for a quick lunch at Pizza Express in St. Martin’s Lane, which is a 2 minute walk away from Leicester Square tube station. The restaurant is deceivingly big on the inside which meant although the restaurant was busy; we had no problem at all getting a table in the limited time we had.

I’m not a huge fan of pizza (much to the disgust of many of my friends!) so I opted for the very tasty Pollo Verdure salad which consists of torn chicken on a bed of roasted Italian vegetables, rocket and spinach, with garlic bread on the side. We also took advantage of the free dough balls that you get with the offer as our starter, with extra garlic butter!

The service was very good, as mentioned earlier we were seating promptly and our waitress was very attentive. This was a particular plus as we were eating in our lunch hours and we would have been late back to our desks if the service was slow.

Pizza Express is expanding rapidly and in Central London I could probably count more of the Italian chain restaurants than I can McDonalds! As a result of this, they are able to provide great tasting food for a very reasonable price due to their vast economies of scale.

This was the perfect place for a quick catch up with a friend over a bite to eat if you’re not a fan of fast food. Two courses and a drink each came to under £15 for both of us, absolute bargain!

If you’re not an orange customer there are plenty of ways to eat at a discounted rate here, either with your taste London card or with the numerous vouchers available on websites such as student beans and myvouchercodes.com

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Prezzo

After feeling pretty poorly over the last week, I decided to do something slightly less energetic than I usually would on a Saturday night to aid my recovery. So the girls and I decided to see what all the hype was about and of course swoon over Johnny Depp, in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Before we saw the film, we needed to find somewhere nearby to the cinema where we could get a cheap bite to eat, alas a fantastic new voucher for Prezzo entered my inbox, just at the right time!

Prezzo is a chain of fantastic Italian restaurants which has expanded across the country in the last couple of years; similar restaurants include Zizzi and Ask.

Prezzo always have some offer or discount available, so it’s definitely worth checking their website regularly for the latest deal or signing up to their mailing list like I did. We visited Prezzo in Kingston upon Thames, which is upstairs inside the Rotunda. The restaurant was packed out by 7.00pm, when we arrived and considering the wide choice of restaurants in the local area, this had to be a good sign!

Our vouchers meant that we could have two courses and a drink for just £10 each, an absolute bargain! However, the menu is restricted for this reason but provided enough choice for us to still have a lovely meal and catered for all our tastes. To start you have a choice of breads that includes: bruschetta, garlic, mozzarella and garlic. Main meals consisted of a choice of about four pasta dishes, four pizzas and two salads. You have a choice of beer, wine or a soft drink to compliment the meal. I chose garlic bread to start with spaghetti and meatballs for my main with a red wine all of which I would highly recommend.

The service was very good and very prompt, which was a definite plus, as we only had an hour to eat our meal before the film began. The bustling atmosphere was great too; we particularly liked watching the chefs make the pizzas over in the corner of the restaurant!

If I were to go back to Prezzo again, I wouldn’t have such a rushed meal (entirely our fault) and would enjoy the restaurant experience more, perhaps over a bottle of wine rather than a glass or perhaps even with a cheeky dessert thrown in too!