Top food saving cafes in London

Want to grab cheap and healthy up-cycled food on the go? Here’s our list of London’s top picks…

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North London

1) The People’s Kitchen Passing Clouds (@PeoplesKitchen)

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A volunteer run community kitchen offering up surplus food dishes. Offers FREE cooking lessons at the Kingsmead Community Centre, Kingsmead Way.

Next event: community feasts served every other Saturday (from 7th February) at 6pm at the Concorde Youth Centre, Kingsmead Way, Hackney. Volunteers welcome from 3pm.

Location: Passing Clouds, 1 Richmond Road, Dalston, E8 4AA

Contact: 07824641927

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2) Save The Date (@savethedatecafe)

Part of the nationwide Real Junk Food Project, Save the Date cafe is a pop-up kitchen in Dalston providing restaurant quality surplus food on a pay-as-you-feel basis. For more information read our interview with co-founder James Smart.

Location: Abbot Street, Dalston

Opening times: Wednesday- Friday, 3pm-10pm

Next event: Disco Soup, 20th March, 17:00-23:55. Find out more.

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3) Cafe Morningside (@CafeMorningSide) A community cafe in Hackney which values community, food sustainability and healthy eating. Volunteers welcome! To read more about Cafe Morningside see our article. Location: Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, Hackney

Contact: 07587083131

Opening times: Thursday and Friday, 9am-4pm

South London
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4) Brixton People’s Kitchen (@BrixtonPK)

Part of the People’s Kitchen group, this Brixton community cafe run by volunteers cooks up surplus food for people across South London.

Contact: 07466653761 or volunteerwithbrixtonpk@gmail.com

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East London

5) FoodCycle Pie in the Sky Cafe (@FoodCycleCafe)

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The food saving charity, FoodCycle’s very own community cafe in Bromley by Bow. Run by volunteers it serves up affordable, healthy dishes made from surplus food.

Location: Bromley by Bow Centre, St Leonards Street

Contact: nicola@foodcycle.org.uk

Opening times: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm

To find out more check out our liveblog and extended interview with cafe manager Nicola Corney. For other FoodCycle hubs across London visit their website.

West London

6) West London People’s Kitchen (@WestLondonPK)

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Runs pop-up kitchens serving meals and snacks made from surplus food across West London, with payment on a pay-as-you-feel basis. Volunteers welcome!

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Morningside Cafe: Keeping Hackney sustainable

People enjoying a freshly cooked meal in a café may be an ordinary scene, but something is different about the Morningside Café.

This community café in Hackney serves food uses surplus ingredients donated by market traders and the menus change day by day, depending on what has become available. Its team includes refugee chefs and volunteers.

The pricing system works on the basis of Pay-As-You-Feel principle, which means the customers give the amount they want or can afford.

The founders of the Morningside Café are university students Lise and Francesca, who passionately believe in creating a community kitchen that works to reduce food waste. They have long been aware of the issue of perfectly edible food being dumped in the bin, thanks to their days of skipping. Skipping is a practice of salvaging food that has been thrown away by others, usually by shops or supermarkets.

The café currently opens only on Thursdays and Fridays, but the pair hope to launch monthly supper clubs and cookery classes as a part of the extension of their Morningside project.

Address: Morningside Community Centre, Cresset Road, E9 6SJ
Opening Times: Thursdays, Fridays from 9am-4pm