Hundreds of Food Lovers Enjoy the Sun at London Bridge ‘Open Kitchen’ event
Hundreds of food lovers enjoyed a variety of local gourmet specialities on offer at this year’s London Bridge Open Kitchen on Friday 29 June.
The fifth annual Open Kitchen event took place over a two-day period on Tooley Street, in front of London Bridge station, which was officially re-opened after a five year redevelopment in this year by the Duke of Cambridge.
The event featured local chefs and restaurants such as Londrino, Flour & Grape, and Santo Remedio, The Coal Shed, Hawksmoor, Yo! Sushi, The Rose, Texas Joe’s and Constancia, as well as many others.
The event ran for two days and showcased the culinary offers of the local restaurants as well as their work in training people who have experienced homelessness.
Simon Blanchflower, Thameslink Programme director, Network Rail, said: “It was great to support this event organised by Team London Bridge, which once again put our newly officially reopened and redeveloped station at the heart of the community, providing visitors, commuters, residents and businesses alike with a chance to sample the very best food from local chefs and restaurants based in and around London Bridge.”
Nadia Broccardo, Chief Executive, Team London Bridge, said: “London Bridge Open Kitchen was a celebration of the wining, dining, snacking and supping that can be found in the area today, but also of the heritage of food trade we have. To have found a home beside the fabulous new station this year makes it extra special and a chance for our local food and drink purveyors to be creative on a new public stage for the capital.”
The event was part of the London Festival of Architecture (LFA2018) programme being hosted in the sweeping new forecourt of London Bridge station. The redevelopment of the railway station has exposed a stretch of the Victorian viaduct that was previously hidden and created brand new public spaces, making the perfect spot for events and activations that will welcome travellers to the area.
This event was organised by Team London Bridge, with support from Thameslink Programme and Network Rail.
The Government-sponsored £7bn Thameslink Programme is an ambitious 10 year programme to transform north-south travel through London. The Programme has also completely rebuilt stations at Blackfriars and London Bridge.
The Thameslink Programme is being delivered in partnership between the Department for Transport, Network Rail, Govia Thameslink Railway, Southeastern and Siemens.