The 1st of July marked the end of the first ever London Food Month. And after 30 days and nights of breakfasts, lunches, dinners, supper clubs and midnight feasts across the city over 100,000 Londoners and visitors attended the biggest ever celebration of the capital’s unrivalled food culture. London does food better than nearly any other city on the globe and thousands were drawn to major events across our incredible City, including; Carnaby Street Eat, a one-day food festival in the heart of Soho, the Westfield Food Truck Festival, which kicked off the London Food Month and tens of thousands poured into the centrepiece Night Market in Kensington, where more than 40 stall holders served their takes on street food over 12 evenings and two weekends.
In addition to the events taking place across London, over 400 smaller-scale events at restaurants, bars, cafes, markets and pop-ups attracted thousands more food lovers. The huge numbers came out despite heightened security. London Food Month was organised by The Evening Standard and it’s owner Evgeny Lebedev said of the event:
“During a difficult time for the capital, London Food Month has been a fitting celebration of everything that makes this city the greatest in the world: its diversity, its talent, its open-mindedness. I lost count of the number of delicious things I’ve eaten.”
London Food Month scored a number of notable firsts, including the midnight feast at the Queen’s grocer Fortnum & Mason and The Groucho Club opening to the public for a series of lunches. The biggest single coup was attracting a roll call of the world’s finest chefs including a number of Woods Foodservice Clients — boasting more than 40 Michelin stars between them — to create meals for the homeless and vulnerable at the Refettorio Felix community kitchen in Earl’s Court