Gorillas aims to deliver fresh produce and store cupboard essentials to your door in 10 minutes. The Berlin start-up landed in the UK earlier this year and works with local farmers and butchers provide customers with the freshest produce and support communities along the way. Created to build a platform that encourages less food waste – as customers can buy as and when they need, rather than planning meals a week ahead – the company also tries to avoid plastic packaging where possible.
Drop is a London-based on-demand wine delivery service. Customers can choose to have their wine delivered ahead of time or within the hour, and on ice if needed, along with a range of snacks, cheese and more. A virtual wine cellar delivering quality drinks, each of Drop’s bottles has been tasted, vetted and assessed for good value. Perfect if you don’t have time to browse in store or don’t fancy nipping to the corner shop mid-party.
Weezy promises no more delivery slots, no substitutions and no more last-minute dashes to the supermarket. Expanding rapidly across London and the rest of the UK, this delivery app offers an impressive range of quality groceries (including leading brands) for customers to choose from, plus fresh fruit and vegetables, bread and meat from local suppliers. Orders can be easily managed, edited and tracked in the app – best of all, stock is adjusted in real time, so there’ll be no dreaded substitutions.
Established in 2015, Supper London has become the go-to delivery partner for several high-end restaurants, including Hakkasan and Gymkhana. Over the summer, its bikes dropped by London parks to deliver restaurant meals direct to customers; now the app offers a range of retail options that can be delivered at home. Working with specialist location app What3Words, customers can order goods from the likes of Fortnum & Mason, Harrods Food Hall, Le Deli Robuchon and Hedonism Wines.
Too Good To Go
Too Good To Go was designed by several tech-savvy entrepreneurs around Europe who joined forces and came up with a solution to saving leftover food. Every day, fresh food goes to waste at cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops because it hasn’t sold in time. The Too Good To Go app lets you buy and collect this food – at a great price – so it gets eaten instead of wasted. You won’t know exactly what’s in your order until you pick it up, but that’s all part of the fun.
Zapp is currently available in most of central London, Manchester and Cambridge, as well as Amsterdam and Paris, where it first launched. Aimed towards impulse buyers rather than those looking to do a full-on weekly shop, 24/7 app Zapp races to deliver drinks, groceries and snacks in next to no time. And it’s not just limited to fresh goods – the company’s fleet of riders can also drop off pharmacy items, baby essentials and household cleaning products.
Throwing a dinner party and run out of booze? Wineapp offers to deliver more than 800 fine wines, specialist spirits and craft beers in as little as 20 minutes. The UK's largest app for buying wine on-demand, its drivers can deliver around London until 11pm (or midnight Friday and Saturday). Not sure what you fancy? You can take a short taste quiz or browse by food pairing. Prices start from £8 a bottle.
Jiffy is another online supermarket that delivers food and household essentials to doorsteps in minutes. The delivery app is currently available in Westminster, Waterloo, Lambeth, Battersea, Clapham Town, Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, Hackney, Whitechapel and Stepney Green. Using the app, customers can order fresh pastries for breakfast, extra salad ingredients for lunch or last-minute alcohol for a night in – all without a trip to the shops. There's no need to book a slot – customer just create a shopping list, check out and track their delivery.
Karma’s mission is to ensure great food is never wasted. A Swedish start-up, Karma launched in London a few years ago and is now available in Brighton: worldwide, over 2,000 businesses like Ole & Steen, Coco di Mama and Detox Kitchen now sell surplus food via the app. Items are priced up before customers buy them in-app – you can also collect your order as a takeaway for a discounted price.
Beelivery claims to cover 90% of UK postcodes, making it one of the more accessible options on this list. Through the app, customers can tap anytime for a grocery top-up, or swipe away for extra store-cupboard staples whenever the need strikes. From cooking emergencies – you’ve burnt the pizza – to additional fresh ingredients to top up your weekly shop, Beelivery can drop off the goods within 20-60 minutes.
Dija – which was developed during the first lockdown when everyone was struggling to get online delivery slots for Ocado – offers groceries delivered in 10 minutes. From a full weekly shop if you don’t have time to late-night ice-cream urges, Dija promises to deliver at supermarket prices. Download the app and new customers will get 50% OFF their first order with the code ‘WELCOME50’.