We love London. You love London. Which is why it’s so hard to see what’s happening in the city right now. Hospitality staff are being made redundant, healthcare professionals are battling on the frontlines, and people who need a hot meal are having a hard time getting one.
But you should also know about all the amazing ways that London restaurants are supporting people in need right now, and how you can support them as well. Chefs and restaurant teams are delivering pizzas to hospitals and the vulnerable, providing free lunches for school children, and discounted meals for emergency workers.
We’ll be using this guide to highlight restaurant initiatives around the city that are giving back to the London community. And we’ll be updating the list as we learn about more. For additional resources, information, and Infatuation-hosted fundraising projects visit our page here.
Hakkasan Group are donating meals to Soup Kitchen London as well as delivering boxed meals to their local Chelsea and Westminster hospital.
Daisy Green are selling their coffee beans online, and 100% of the profits made from those orders are being donated to the NHS. Find out more and donate here.
Chick N Sours have teamed up with The Recipe Team and together, with the help of volunteers, they’re cooking 675 meals a week and delivering them to NHS workers. Find out more on The Recipe Team’s Instagram.
Theo’s are asking for donations to help fund their efforts to deliver batches of pizza to King’s College Hospital. Donations can start as low as £1, check out their website for more information.
Crosstown has made it possible to donate doughnuts to NHS workers to the hospital of your choice. Their ‘Operation Doughnation’ lets you pick a quantity of doughnuts to donate - from 12 to 120 - for a reduced price. There’s more information on their website.
Lina Stores are raising money to provide free emergency food kits for hospitality staff who have been made redundant. Each food kit will contain enough freshly made pasta and sauce for 10 separate meals. Learn more via their GoFundMe page.
Berber and Q Shawarma Bar is raising funds to support NHS workers by delivering food to hospitals near their restaurants in Exmouth Market and Haggerston. You can read more about it on their GoFundMe page.
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is raising money to deliver hot meals and wellbeing kits to vulnerable people in Hackney Wick and Bow. For more information, check out their Crowdfunder page.
Anima D’Italia are raising money to deliver pizza to NHS staff working at the Royal London Hospital. For every £10 donated, they will deliver an extra pizza on them. For more information, check out their GoFundMe page.
Casa Do Frango are providing free meals for NHS workers from their Shoreditch and London Bridge restaurants. NHS workers are invited to call the restaurant ahead to place their order and then take their NHS ID when collecting.
Although Mildreds have temporarily closed their vegetarian restaurants, they are raising money to provide 400 meals a week for NHS workers at four London hospitals. For more information check out their GoFundMe page.
By Chloe are offering free tea and coffee and 50% off food for NHS workers. They’re also teaming up with Magic Breakfast to offer meals at their Oxford Circus and Tower Bridge restaurants to children who rely on free school meals.
The Lebanese Bakery are also offering free tea and coffee and 50% off food for NHS workers, as well as teaming up with Magic Breakfast to provide free meals for children who rely on free school meals from their Covent Garden restaurant.
Rosslyn Coffee is donating one bag of coffee to the NHS for every bag of coffee purchased online from them. To buy some coffee, visit their website.
Kennington Tandoori has teamed up with St. Anslem’s Church to give key workers and their families a free hot meal every Friday. They’re also providing 60 meals to St. Thomas’s hospital A&E and ITU departments on Mondays and Wednesdays.
Murger HanHan in Mayfair are offering free meals to NHS staff, police, and other emergency service workers.
The team behind Jolene, Western’s Laundry and Primeur are coordinating with local food charities to provide meals for vulnerable people impacted by the ongoing crisis. Donations will help them bulk buy raw ingredients from their regular suppliers. Find out more here.
Dominique Ansel Bakery are offering support packages for NHS staff, police, and emergency services, as well as teaming up with Magic Breakfast to feed children who rely on free school meals.
Not only is Lumberjack delivering coffees and dry essentials locally, they’ve also set up a pay-it-forward initiative for NHS staff. Find out more here.
Yard Sale Pizza has also started a NHS Pizza Fund. Starting at £10, they’re collecting money to feed NHS staff here. You can also buy some of their cool t-shirts.
La Mia Mamma and Made In Italy are raising money to support the NHS by sending them food and raising money for protective gear. Find out more here.
Pappagone are preparing regular consignments of pizza for staff at the nearby Whittington Hospital in Highgate and have been relying on customers to deliver them. Keep an eye on their Instagram if you’re local and have a vehicle.
Saffron Kitchen and Saffron Street in Leyton have teamed up with Supporting Humanity to donate meals to vulnerable locals and NHS workers.
La Gelateria are donating 20% of the proceeds on ice cream and other sweet things ordered from their spot in Stratford to provide meals, childcare, and general support to NHS frontline staff.
Turkish restaurant Cappadocia is teaming up with Voices Of Hope to donate food to vulnerable and isolated locals.
Bao are launching a delivery service called Rice Error by Bao, where they will cook free meals to feed the homeless and NHS workers in London hospitals. You can find out more information and donate via their GoFundMe page.
Honey and Smoke are cooking meals for the medical team at The Royal Free Hospital and attaching thank you cards written by the public to the meal boxes. If you want to get involved, you can send a card thanking NHS workers to: Honey & Smoke, 66 Bolsover St, W1W 5NN, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org asking what you can do.
Benares are donating a meal to the NHS with every delivery order placed. You can order and donate a meal here.
Nandos have reopened four of their London branches to prepare 250 ‘Peri-packed’ meals everyday and send them nearby hospitals. They’ve also paired up with local charity partners to donate any spare food.