Pret A Manger and Wagamama are among the first companies in the sector to confirm they will introduce Apple Pay.

Pret said nearly half of all its card payments were now made via contactless methods, as customers continue to seek fast, convenient ways to pay.

Chief executive Clive Schlee said: “At Pret, we aim to complete most till transactions in under a minute. Contactless payment has been very popular with our customers and we’re delighted to be able to make shopping at Pret even more convenient for many with the introduction of Apple Pay next month.

“Pret could be one of the first places people come to try out Apple Pay as they pick up their morning coffee or lunch with us, and that’s an exciting prospect.”

Wagamama also confirmed that it would be among the first UK restaurants to offer the app.

Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch.