London Bridge’s Free Food Festival Is Back In June

Alex Landon Alex Landon - Editor

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Take a peek inside the kitchens of London’s best chefs with London Bridge Open Kitchen festival.

Festival season is well and truly upon us, but if you prefer amuse-bouche over acoustics, then we’ve got the fest for you. Doing exactly what it says on the tin, London Bridge Open Kitchen invites you into the kitchens of the capital’s favourite restaurants, at a prime location in London Bridge. And to help you pinch the pennies, it’s free to get into.

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Photo: @atlondonbridge

Open Kitchen is bigger and better this year, taking place across two days in June. On June 29th & 30th, the delicious smell of cooking will waft through the streets of London Bridge, ensnaring the senses of anyone wandering nearby. You have been warned. Now in its fifth year of operation, Open Kitchen is choosing to hero local chefs and eateries, shining a spotlight on the restaurants of London Bridge.

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This means you’ll see the likes of Londrino, Flour & Grapes, The Coal Shed, Hawksmoor, and Santo Remedio (a restaurant so beloved that London foodies saved it with a crowdfunding campaign). Meanwhile, Hutong are descending from their nest on the 33rd floor of The Shard to serve up Chinese cooking, and Texas Joe’s are bringing the BBQ. Former street food favourites Pizza Pilgrims will join in, as will Bob’s Lobster, hot on the heels of their first permanent restaurant.

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Photo: @atlondonbridge

Meanwhile, chain restaurants with outposts in SE1 are also invited along to Open Kitchen. Honest Burger and Gaucho are just some of the names you’ll see here. Happy Endings’ ice cream sarnies will fill a dessert-shaped hole in your life, whilst Prosecco House will bring the bubbles. You can also expect to find cooking demonstrations, live music, and workshops – in short, everything to keep the foodies happy.

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Photo: @towerbridgedaily

Free entry is married to a knockdown pricing system, whereby you can sample dishes from just £5. Open Kitchen will be taking place on Tooley Street outside London Bridge station, perhaps amongst the trendy railway arches. The kitchen is open – are you going to step inside?

Location: Tooley Street, SE1 3QX. Nearest station is London Bridge. See it on Google Maps.
Opening hours: midday until 8pm (Friday 29th June) and midday until 6pm (Saturday 30th June).
Price: entry is free, but you need to register for tickets here.
More information: on the London Bridge website.

Still hungry for foodie inspiration? Check out our roundup of street food markets in London!

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