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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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Jewel And Ruby Blue

Last week had yet another birthday in the diary and to celebrate ten of us went off to Jewel Bar in Piccadilly for a few cheeky after work drinks before heading out to eat. Their website really couldn’t say it any better when they described it,

“Jewel Piccadilly is a chic, luxurious bar & Club located in the heart of the West End. It has become a regular haunt for both celebrities and beautiful people alike to socialise, party and unwind.”

As soon as you walk in your eyes are immediately drawn to the luxurious décor and beautiful chandeliers. Surprisingly, the bar was pretty full, even though it was a ‘school night’ and it apparently gets packed over the weekend due to its huge popularity- you have been warned! They have the usual happy hour offers with half price drinks between 5pm and 8pm Monday to Friday.

We originally planned to head off to Cha cha moon for dinner, which is a wagamama style noodle bar, however we couldn’t book and due to the large size of our party we didn’t want to have to wait a long time for a table. After racking our brains for somewhere else to go, we headed towards Leicester Square and Ruby Blue who seated us immediately.

Ruby Blue is a restaurant, bar and club all in one and is tucked around the corner of Leicester Square. As you climb the stairs and enter the restaurant on the right, you’re greeted by a stylish, girly and light décor which is very welcoming, we all commented on how nice the art work was! If you go off to the bar on your left it looks like a totally different venue, decorated in red and black with leather sofas perfect for a classy place to go for a drink.

The food here was delicious with a wide and varied menu, which was perfect for such a large party with varying tastes. The camembert to start, with Fajitas as a main was a real hit with the girls however, I opted for Italian bread and oils with BBQ ribs for my main, which were equally tasty choices.

The restaurant was very accommodating to the birthday celebrations, as we brought our own birthday cake and they kept it in secret, bringing it out instead of dessert with no hassle whatsoever.

The best part was the price! The menu is pretty reasonable with an average main course costing about £11 however we had a Taste London card meaning that we got 50% off food, add this to half price wine before 8pm and we were on to a winner! We had six bottles of wine between us and two courses each; it all came to just £13 each, which is a pretty amazing price for a merry evening in the West End!

I would recommend Ruby Blue to anyone, particularly for a birthday like this or for a cheap pre theatre meal.

Jewel Bar Picadilly