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An innovative money-saving lunchtime service favoured by New Yorkers – the indisputable masters of take out – is being introduced to the Square Mile’s menu this week. Created by Mary Biggins and Katie Ghelli, MealPal promises to maximise options and minimise costs when it comes to the daily...

An innovative money-saving lunchtime service favoured by New Yorkers – the indisputable masters of take out – is being introduced to the Square Mile’s menu this week.

Created by Mary Biggins and Katie Ghelli, MealPal promises to maximise options and minimise costs when it comes to the daily working lunch.

Spoiled for choice and pushed for time, workers in central London spend an average of £6.60 on their lunch every day. But by signing up to MealPal, they could save up to £620 per year, say Mary and Katie. Here’s how…

Through the app or website, members buy a bundle of 12 or 20 lunches at a time, each priced at either £4.29 or £4.79. These can be redeemed daily at one of more than 150 restaurants in the City and Soho, such as Tapas Brindisa, Eat Saigon, Walter & Monty, Fat Bear and many more.

Choose and reserve your lunch from the day’s options of specially-prepared dishes showcased via the app and website, then simply skip the queues and pick up your freshly-prepared meal at lunchtime – all pre-paid for through MealPal.

Mary said: “London is famous for being a melting pot of food and flavour, but with so much great choice food-lovers can easily end up blowing their budget on lunch every day. “With MealPal you can enjoy the city’s unparalleled food culture and discover something new every day without worrying about breaking the bank.”

Nick Popovic of Vita Mojo (22 Carter Lane EC4V 5AD), one of the eateries signed up to the offer, said: “We’re incredibly excited to be a part of MealPal, adding another level to London’s food scene and offering City and Soho workers the opportunity to discover something new and delicious every day.

“Anything that fuels the foodie scene in London is good in my books.”

MealPal will be available in the Square Mile and Soho from 16 February.

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