London’s greatest grocery packing containers and meal units


Let’s face it, with Christmas dinner out of the way, no one wants to put a lot of effort into cooking over the holidays. Here are some of the best London lunch box and meal parcel delivery services to make dinner easier once you’ve slogged through the leftovers…

Photo: Ding Dong Dim Sum

1 Ding dong dim sum
Ding dong dim sum, a delivery service that sprung up during the pandemic due to layoffs, is delivering an array of meal boxes with delicious dumplings, gyoza, sui main, fluffy bao buns, glutinous rice, salad and dipping sauces ready to be consumed. Boxes fill two hungry people and you can opt for veggie, meaty, surf and turf, or one of several boxes containing a mix of veggies and meaty dim sum. The little packets of goodness come frozen, which is better for eating, and prep is a breeze. They also come with a biodegradable steamer and deliver Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Boxes from £29.50.

2 Bakery Flor
The Borough Market Bakery offers fresh crusty loaves of bread for delivery (or collection). Choose between a rye tin bread, a classic sourdough or an oatmeal sourdough. The bakery has also catered to all your morning pastry, afternoon tea and elves needs, with double baked almond croissants, malt and chocolate chip cookies, savory Danish pastries and pain au chocolat among the baked goods available for home delivery as well.

3 wine 52
For people who like to drink good wine and want to try something new. Wine 52, affiliated with Beer 52, works with a handful of selected winemakers in the best wine regions, putting together a strong selection of white and red wines. A subscription (£32 per month) gives you three wines each month from a different region or country, which can be either red, white or a mix of both. You also get some snacks and a copy of the in-house magazine, Glug, to read while you slurp.

4 Ethical butcher
As Veganuary emerges, some of us will always remain die-hard meat eaters. Ethical Butcher sources meat from farmers who use regenerative practices on their farms, meaning meat production has less impact on the environment and is also kinder to the animal. As well as a selection of boxes of cold cuts and charcuterie, the butcher is offering a breakfast pack (£19.70) filled with smoked back bacon, breakfast sausages and rubies in rubble ketchup and smoky mayo to layer a breakfast feast. The Burger Bonanza Box (£65) caters for 6-12 people and has everything you need for a winter BBQ or burger night including Paul Rhodes bread, Eaten Alive fermented things, Rubies in the Rubble condiments and 12 beef Burger patties no fillers or junk.

5 Delicious
Eataly is a one-stop shop for Italian grocery supplies and also offers an extensive range of Italian wines and beers should you want another glass but your home is dry. During the holidays Eataly only delivers schnapps, baskets and pantones, but in the New Year pasta and sauces are also available for home delivery, as well as a host of snacks, chocolate and sweets and other small items.

6 Big night app
Big Night compiles some of the best meal packs for restaurants, as well as dishes from independent start-ups across different cuisines. Representing London, we have lockdown start-up Makes Miso Hungry, Borough Market’s Shuk, which delivers Tel Aviv market fare to your door, Bocca di Lupo Italian restaurant in Soho, Tendril, a predominantly vegan kitchen created by Soho’s The Sun and 13 Cantons is operated by Poon’s Wontoneria Dumplings.

7 Borough Market recipe boxes
Borough Market Recipe Boxes allow you to mix and match your starters and entrees and you can choose a box for two or four people. Appetizers include artichoke with lemon and herb butter, nduja, mozzarella and vegetables on toast, and burrata with roasted seeds. Follow that with fennel, lemon and soft salami tagliolini, confit duck leg tacos and seared beef with asparagus skillet for those who eat meat, or gnocchi with wild mushrooms and truffle butter, baked eggplant and mozzarella, or grilled zucchini and spicy chickpeas for those who don’t . For an extra special dinner, choose entrees from the special occasion menu, which includes Mushroom Kyiv and Pot Roast Chicken with Carrot Top Pesto. From £33.60 and you have the option to add bottles of wine, desserts and kitchen essentials.