7 ace ways to save money in the neighbourhood

Cut some crafty financial corners with these secret clubs and offers about town

1. 50% off Supper Club at The Vine

Every Monday night sees a special foodie-focused affair at this rebooted Kentish Town favourite, which means you can sample superior dishes like chargrilled squid, corned beef hash and poached egg, or whole sole with dumplings – for a pittance (well, nearly). Sign up and reserve your table for 50% off your food bill. 86 Highgate Rd, NW5

Expert advice and freebies from Giant
Expert advice and freebies from Giant

2. Exclusive freebies at Giant Camden

If you’re a commuter, you’ll know that cycling, if it’s an option, is pretty much the healthiest way to get to work (provided you have the right kit, and observe the traffic lights, of course). But how about being on the receiving end of exciting competitions, offers and promotions from one of K-Town’s longest running bike shops? Head to Giant Camden’s website, fill in the form – and await their juicy weekly newsletter with all manner of exclusive titbits. 75 Kentish Town Rd, NW1

3. Secret Diners Club at The Stag

Always fancied yourself a restaurant critic? Visit Gospel Oak’s ace party boozer undercover and tell them how they are doing – and the meal’s on the house. Apply for the Secret Diner Club (which includes a report card and some fancy rules of engagement) via the website and owner Jonathan will get back to you with more details. 67 Fleet Rd, NW3

4. Bintang’s Tuesdays

Grab a mate or lover, swing by this longstanding pan-Asian BYO on a Tuesday night, and check in on Facebook or Twitter when you arrive (not during the meal, naughty). The upshot? A free main dish when you buy another. So brace yourself for a slew of wasabi prawn tempura, chicken dumplings, sashimi or flavour-packed chargrilled lamb chops with slaw. 93 Kentish Town Rd, NW1


Bintang: free dishes and BYO
Bintang: free dishes and BYO

5. Pizza East’s Keyring cabal

Most readers will probably have heard of the legendary PE key rings by now, which afford their owners 50% off their total bill (yup that’s food and booze – even cocktails) anytime from 12-5pm Mon-Thurs and all day and night on Tuesdays. But how to get hold of one? Essentially you just need to be a regular face, or be skilled at sweet-talking the waiter. Go for a warming January meal, ask nicely now – and see what happens. Trust us. 79 Highgate Rd, NW5

6. Take a “bribe” from The Fields Beneath

Kentish Town’s finest beans are dished up courtesy of charming coffee obsessive Gavin Fernback and his enterprising café by Kentish Town west overground station. He’s luring readers in daily by dishing out stylish little envelopes to random folk, which contain a handy guide to local coffee shops – and two free ‘bribe’ vouchers, which you can simply present for a free coffee, tea or hot chocolate at his gaff. Result. 52 Prince of Wales Rd, NW5

Cheap Oyster? Yes please
Cheap Oyster? Yes please

7. Join Commuter Club

Work too far away to cycle to the office, but still don’t want to miss out on a bargain? Then this simple yet devilishly clever service from new start-up Commuter Club is a no-brainer. Why? Because it allows you to take advantage of the cheapest annual Oyster Card rates while cleverly spreading the cost with easy direct debit monthly repayments – saving you up to £300 a year. It’s especially worth considering right now as fares have just gone up, and it’s way less hassle than buying weekly or monthly. Check out how much you can save with the clever slider on their website.

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  • Clare

    Booze is full price on the Pizza East keyring, unless there are “special” keyrings that I don’t know about. Still a good deal though.

    • Kentishtowner

      As we state clearly above, the PE keyrings give the holder 50% off both food and drink (booze or otherwise) at the allocated times.

  • Nell

    StoryNight at Torriano is a little gem of a night out in Kentish Town. £6 on the door – and this includes a cup of warm punch and an evening with the UK’s finest professional storytellers for adults. StoryNight is at 99 Torriano Ave NW5 2RX

  • The Stag

    Best Friend Tuesday at The Stag is even better than our Secret Diners Club – because you don’t have to report back & do any work!!

    Every Tuesday you bring your friend & we buy their main course. Just enjoy!

  • Adam

    As the keeper of a PE key ring I can confirm half price booze during allocated hours. Makes me very happy

  • lorna

    Hi, I keep reading about a “magic keyring”, can you please tell what it is, and how to get one?

    • Fred

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    • Kentishtowner

      As we say in the article above, Lorna, you need only just ask the server on your next visit and if you’re a local, the chances are you’ll get given one. It’s that easy.