Thursday 7 Jun 2018
Network Rail and the Thameslink Programme support this year's London Bridge 'Open Kitchen' event
- South East
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.
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Every day, there are more than 4.8 million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.