Thursday 7 Jun 2018
Network Rail and the Thameslink Programme support this year's London Bridge 'Open Kitchen' event
Network Rail and the Thameslink Programme are supporting this year's London Bridge Open Kitchen, which celebrates the best food and drink available in and around the London Bridge area on Friday 29 June.
The fifth annual Open Kitchen event takes place over a two-day period and this year will be located on Tooley Street, in front of London Bridge station, which was officially re-opened after a five year redevelopment in early May by the Duke of Cambridge.
The completely free 'foodie' event will feature local chefs and restaurants, bringing together dishes from deepest Wales by Tom Simmons and Portugal, by Leo Carreira (Londrino), to Italy (Flour & Grape), and Mexico (Santo Remedio). The Coal Shed, Hawksmoor, Yo! Sushi, The Rose, Texas Joe’s and Constancia are all taking part too, together with street food dons BOB’s Lobster and Honest Burgers, who are coming to the area permanently later this year. Other restaurants taking part are Hutong, Aqua Shard and Gaucho.
The event kicks off on Friday 29 June at midday and runs till 8pm. On Saturday 30 June, the event runs from midday until 6pm and will have a more family focussed feel; kids can meet the ‘Vegetable Nannies’ at their allotment - a brilliant and charming way to get kids excited about the humble veggie. Additionally, Putting Down Roots (a St Mungo’s gardening project) will be participating in the festival, showcasing to visitors their work in training people who have experienced homelessness, to maintain local SE1 green spaces to gain experience, confidence and qualifications.
Simon Blanchflower, Thameslink Programme director, Network Rail, said: "I'm delighted that we are once again supporting this wonderful event organised by Team London Bridge, which puts 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 is 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."
Entry is free and each drink or dish will cost from £5. There will be live music throughout, cooking demos, interactive workshops, and more.
Notes to Editors
1. Hot dishes at the event include:
- Flour & Grape: Roasted Pork Shoulder Tortelloni with Sage Butter with a glass of Inama Soave Classico
- Londrino: Porto Hot dog; Fried Pickled Mussels
- Tom Simmons: Brixham Crab Croquette, Laverbread Mayo, Pickled Samphire; Gorse Flower Lemonade (gorse picked from the Preseli mountains)
- Santo Remedio: Octopus Tikin Xik Achiote, Pineapple pico de gallo
- The Rose: the famous London Bridge pub are making vegan fried ‘chicken’ for the event
- Texas Joe: Joe will be smoking his famous Brisket
- The Coal Shed: Moroccan Spiced Smoked Goat, Za’atar Flatbread, Harissa, Zhug, and Coal Shed ‘sweets’
- Yo Sushi! will be dishing up their vegan ‘Green & Beets’ roll with avocado, jalapeño, cucumber, peppery Japanese mizuna and creamy vegan beetroot mayo. Kickin’ Salmon is their take on the American Philly roll, finishing it in Korean red pepper, crispy shallots and sriracha mayo
- Constancia: - Signture steak sandwich served in ciabatta roll, with rocket, roasted red peppers and Chimichurri sauce. They will also be offering the traditional Choripan, a beef and pork Argentine style sausage roll
- Honest Burgers: Market Special – beef patty, Brindisa chorizo, Kappacasein London Raclette cheese, garlic mayo, rocket and pickles
…and some of those providing the liquid refreshments will be:
- Prosecco House will be serving up their dazzling arrays of proseccos
- Neighborhood cocktail bar Nine Lives will be serving the perfect brunch cocktails – Bloody Marys, Iced Chai Lattes & Ruby Mimosas.
2. This year’s London Bridge Open Kitchen is 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. For centuries, the area was known as ‘London’s Larder’ as sugar, tea and spices were brought ashore, stored and traded here. Open Kitchen explores this year’s LFA2018 theme of IDENTITY to revisit this tradition in a refined, contemporary manner while celebrating the striking architecture of the new station.
4. Friday 29th June to Saturday 30th June inclusive. Entry is free but registration via www.atlondonbridge.com/lbok18 is heartily encouraged.
5. This event is organised by Team London Bridge, with support from Thameslink Programme and Network Rail.
6. The Government-sponsored £7bn Thameslink Programme is an ambitious 10 year programme to transform north-south travel through London. It is delivering new longer and more spacious trains running every 2 to 3 minutes through central London in the peak, improved connections to more destinations on an expanded Thameslink network including Cambridge and Peterborough and more robust tracks and modern signalling using digital railway technology to make journeys more reliable. 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.
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