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Worthwhile investment for any Londoner!!
Taste London Card
Member Name: kittens09
Taste London Card
Advantages: Money savings on well known restaurants
Disadvantages: Price of the full subscription
***What is it?***
The taste London card is a card that can be used at over 1000 restaurants in London and the South East of England. Depending on the restaurant the card will give 50% off all food ordered or will allow 'buy one meal get you free'.
**How to use it***
The website www.tastelondon.co.uk has details of all the restaurants included in the scheme. Logging on you can search by location or cuisine in order to find a restaurant to suit you. Some of the restaurants you have to telephone in advance to book a table. Once you order your food you then just mention that you have a Taste London card and then give it to the waitress when asking for your bill. The promotion will then be removed from the balance before receiving the final bill.
I have had the taste london card for a couple of months now and I have used it in a number of different restaurants. Pizza Express has been the restaurant I have used it in most and the staff are always happy to receive the taste london card and take the promotion off for you.
The standard prize for subscribing to Taste London is £69.95. However, there are free trial codes dotted around the internet and this allows you a free card to try out in unlimited restaurant visits for a month. I ended up only paying £29.95 for a years membership as after my free trail expired they sent me emails with different promotions in. I will also be able to renew the card each year at that price which I think is brilliant. The fact that I got it at this price makes it great value for money as I have probably made that money back in savings more than 4 times since I got the card.
The website is easy to use and to search and uses a google map to show you where the restaurants are located. I've not had any trouble with the website. Each restaurant also has a clear description of what offer is included with the card's use. There is also a facility on the site to leave reviews for the restaurants once you've used the card there, and we all love reviews!!
Unfortunately having the card does make you want to go and eat out more, especially as Pizza Express is just around the corner from me and the card allows 50% off all food at all Pizza Express and can be used an unlimited number of times. However using the card on the food there makes each pizza cost around £4 which really is amazing because I love their food.
*BIG discount off food bill
*Can be used for the whole table dining, not just yourself
*Some chain restaurants included so little need to search on the website for these
*Promotion prices can be renewed for life
*Mobile phone website works well when out and about looking for somewhere to dine.
*Price of full membership is £69.95
*Having to search the restaurants in advance if you aren't sure which restaurants are covered
*Some restaurants only allow you to use the card on one visit there
*Drinks are not included so you could end up spending on these (Although recommend ordering tap water when using the card in pizza express. Cheap i suppose but perfectly allowed)
The card is a worthwhile investment if living or working in London, or the South East. The company are apparently hoping to extend the scheme to the whole of the UK which would be a great benefit to all. They are also adding new restaurants to the scheme all the time and emails are sent out to members detailing the new additions. I would recommend becoming a member of this scheme but I would say go for the free trial, see if you like it, then wait for the promotional emails with discount subscription rates to hopefully get the price down from £69.95 a year. Then you are free to eat out to your heart's content without worrying too much about the costs involved. Just your waistline.
Summary: Taste London is worth tasting!
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