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Taking place over a two days, Open Kitchen celebrates the best food and drink in the area.

London Bridge Open Kitchen will relocate to Tooley Street this year, in front of the newly opened London Bridge station. Organised by Team London Bridge the annual feast features an array of incredible local chefs and restaurants, bringing together dishes from all over the world. The Shard restaurants Hutong and aqua shard will be among the SE1 traders.

The event kicks off on Friday 29th June at midday and runs til 8pm. On Saturday 30th June, the event runs from midday until 6pm and will have a more family focused feel. Children can meet the ‘Vegetable Nannies’ at their allotment or visit Putting Down Roots (a St Mungo’s gardening project) who will be showcasing their work in training people, who are or have experienced homelessness, to maintain local SE1 green spaces to gain experience, confidence and qualifications. 

Entry is free but registration is heartily encouraged and each drink or dish will cost from £5. There will be live music throughout, cooking demos, interactive workshops and more.



Dishes and drinks at the event include: 

  • aqua shard: braised Hereford beef cheek, potato mousseline, onion granola, port jus
  • Hutong: succulent soft shell crab; prawn and scallop wontons in a hot and spicy sauce
  • 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
  • Santo Remedio: octopus tikin xik achiote, pineapple pico de gallo 
  • Texas Joe's: Joe will be smoking his famous brisket 
  • The Coal Shed: goat tacos, and Coal Shed ‘sweets’ 
  • YO! Sushi: vegan ‘Green & Beets’ roll and 'Kickin’ Salmon' roll
  • Honest Burgers: Market Special burger
  • Prosecco House
  • Nine Lives
  • Anspach & Hobday

This year’s London Bridge Open Kitchen is part of the London Festival of Architecture programme. The redevelopment of London Bridge 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 activation's that will welcome travelers 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 London Festival of Architecture theme of IDENTITY to revisit this tradition in a refined, contemporary manner while celebrating the striking architecture of the new station.

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