As I mentioned in my previous posts, the NHS have been working tirelessly to save lives during the Coronavirus crisis. Although hospitality has been hit hard by the epidemic, there have been some amazing London restaurants supporting the NHS and the local community.
London Restaurants Supporting the NHS and community
The London restaurants supporting the NHS by providing meals have a heart of gold. They have been forced to close yet have gone out of their way to get meals to the frontline staff. It just shows how hospitable the hospitality industry really is!
Here are just some examples of the support of London restaurants.
- 215 Hackney were one of the first to react to the Coronavirus crisis. Since 17 March they have been raising money to pay for food, supplies and staff who will be cooking and delivering the food to local Hospitals including Homerton, Whipps Cross, Royal Free and North Middlesex.
- Yard Sale shortly after lockdown set up a NHS fund so they could deliver pizzas to local East London hospitals. To date, the fund has raised over £15k. They also recently launched a Legends of Lockdown competition to reward those who have gone out of their way to do something good in these extremely difficult times. Yard Sale picked five worthy winners for the Notorious YSP cards, which entitle the owner to free pizza for a year.
- Angelina Dalston has teamed up with Made in Hackney and has cooked and delivered over 10,000 meals. Two thirds of the emergency meals are feeding Hackney households at risk of going hungry, with the remaining daily meals being sent to Hackney Migrant Centre and multiple homeless shelters in our community. They have raised over £8,000 and are cooking 500 meals a day.
- Leon has raised over £1 million to help feed NHS workers. They started in the hardest hit London hospitals and now with the help of their coalition partners have taken the initiative nationwide. Leon and their partners are together delivering 40,000 meals a day to 88 hospitals across the country.
More London Restaurants Supporting the NHS
- Dominique Ansel have supported 12 hospitals and 5 charities with 14 meal drops per week. They are running five individual schemes across the wider London community by themselves and with other companies under their #FeedYourCommunity scheme.
- Casa Do Frango have been offering free meals to NHS workers and those in need, partnering with Age UK and The Passage who help the homeless. The team have served over 5,000 free meals and have now started a fundraising campaign in order to sustain this. They have raised over half of their £10,000 target.
- D&D London restaurant group D&D have pledged to provide 2,000 free meals a day to key workers across the UK. They are currently feeding front-line workers at West Middlesex Hospitals, St Barts Hospitals and St Johns Ambulance service.
- Crust Bros were one of the first to start a fundraising campaign to deliver pizza to the NHS. They spent weeks cooking and delivering pizzas to local London hospitals. In the last week, they introduced a London lockdown raffle in partnership with Bancone to raise funds for the NHS.
- Claridge’s with help from its sibling hotels The Berkeley and The Connaught provided accommodation for NHS workers. They also cooked meals for over 500 NHS workers and community support teams across London via Meal Force.
- Mildreds have cooked and delivered over 2,500 nutritious and vitamin packed meals and juice meals to the NHS to 4 London hospitals.
- Benares has been working with Market Financial Solutions to jointly donate funds to cover the costs of freshly cooked hot meals to the NHS. Since 23 March Benares has delivered over 1,000 food packages to London hospitals and local NHS medical centres. Also, for every takeaway order it receives, Benares also donates one meal to NHS workers in its local area.
- Berber and Q has successfully raised over £40,000 to fund meals to the NHS. Since March they have been cooking 200 meals per day for 6 days a week to 8 hospitals and 1 care home.
East London Girl: London restaurants supporting the NHS