Let's face it — London drains your bank account. Fast. So any chance you get to claim a freebie should be seized upon. We've sorted through the best deals the capital has to offer to bring you everywhere you can feed and water yourself for free this week.
Purveyors of packaged pasties Ginsters are bringing the tastes, sounds, and smells of its native Cornwall to the South Bank for an epic free picnic. Plug into sea shanties or the dulcet tomes of Cornish seagulls using their wireless headphones and tuck into the flaky deliciousness.
Bernie Spain Gardens (Southbank), 11am-4pm, Wednesday 8 August
How to claim: Just turn up, or tweet for the chance to win free pasties delivered to your office.
Thali with me
Indian street food restaurant Pilau are dishing out free Thali trays of their Mattar Paneer and Butter Chicken curry, served with rice, black dahl and lime-pickled onions. And because They're also throwing in a Braybrooke Keller Lager to wash down all that spice. All punters need to do to claim their free nosh is head to their Goodge Street outlet from 5pm on Thursday and quote the code 'Thali with me'. Hurry, though — they've only 50 trays to give away.
Pilau (Goodge Street), from 5pm, Thursday 9 August
How to claim: Quote 'Thali with me' on arrival.
The Swinging Gentleman
Pan-Asian tapas joint The Swing has teamed up with MONIN to create a brand new rum cocktail, which they'll be giving out for free to the first 10 punters who give out their secret message. Simply announce that you're 'here to see The Swinging Gentleman' to get your hands on the rum, coffee, and Campari concoction.
The Swing (West Hampstead), from 6pm, Thursday 9 August, and every Thursday for the time being
How to claim: Tell the bartender that you're 'here to see the The Swinging Gentleman' (just make sure you're one of the first 10 to do so).
The Laughing Cow-fe
The Laughing Cow have taken their iconic cheesy lunchbox snacks and tarted them up with the help of chef Paul Hannigan. Visit their Snack You Like pop up cafe on Friday 10 or Saturday 11 August to sample treats including mac and cheese, and raspberry and white chocolate pudding. The catch? You have to share a selfie tagged #SnackLikeYou. So don't be getting camera shy.
Old Spitalfields Market, 10am-6pm, Friday 10 and Saturday 11 August
How to claim: Share a #SnackLikeYou selfie at the venue.
From 13-15 August, you can get two free Aperol Spritzes delivered straight to your door in celebration of National Prosecco Day. Free booze without having to move from your sofa? We'll drink to that.
Deliveries made 4pm-10pm, Monday 13-Wednesday 15 August
How to claim: Enter via their website by 10pm, 10 August.
In celebration of their Baker Street relaunch, Dunkin' Donuts are handing out 100 free personalised donuts. Make sure you get there bright and early for the ribbon cutting ceremony in order to claim your prize (they've also teased about some giveaways, too).
Dunkin' Donuts (Baker Street), from 9am, Tuesday 14 August
How to claim: Just turn up.
Wise up to waste
Not only will the North London Waste Authority sort you out with a free lunch, they'll also give you tips that could save your household up to £810 per year. As part of their mission to eliminate food waste, you'll enjoy tasters cooked up entirely from leftovers and get tips for cutting down the amount that ends up in your rubbish bin.
The Broadwalk Centre (Edgeware), 11am-3pm, Wednesday 15 August
How to claim: Just turn up.
Ok, so this one might technically be cheating. In celebration of national Greek holiday Panagia Day, The PP is offering BOGOF on all souvlaki and gyros wraps. So while you can get your hands on some free Greek treats, you're going to have to persuade a more monied friend to lunch there first.
The Athenian (Victoria), Wednesday 15 August
How to claim: Find someone willing to buy their lunch from The Athenian and get them to give you their freebie.