• StreetSmart donates £696,000 to homeless charities from restaurant bills


    Dining out in London, we feel pretty sure that you would have come across StreetSmart at some point - it's the charity that helps to raise funds for the homeless. They partner with another charity LandAid, the property industry charity working to end youth homelessness in the UK. 

    You'll most likely have seen that some restaurants have been asking customers to donate £1 from their bookings to the charity and it looks like

  • Bake for Ukraine charity cake sale brings in the big bakers

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    We're always happy when doing good tastes good, and next weekend's bake sale in aid of Ukraine definitely sounds as though it'll achieve both those aims.

    The event, dreamt up by Toklas Bakery and Instagrammer Clerkenwell Boy, sees some of London's best known restaurants and bakeries taking part. The impressive line-up includes BAO, Flor Bakery, Meringue Girls, Ottolenghi, Violet Bakes and more.


  • How London's restaurants are supporting Ukraine

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    London restaurants are doing their bit to support those affected by the current invasion of Ukraine with a load of special events, dishes and menus. If you're looking to head to a restaurant that is helping raise funds for the relief effort - we'll have the details here. 

    Launched by Ukrainian food writer Olia Hercules, Alissa Timoshkina and Clerkenwell

  • StreetSmart launch their winter campaign to help London's homeless with Brutto, St John, Alain Ducasse and more

    street smart's christmas 2021 campaign in London

    Every year the laudable charity StreetSmart helps raise funds for our city's homeless in the run-up to Christmas. It's really a no-brainer. Instead of feeling guilty about splurging on your festive fun, you know that you're raising money to help get people off the streets at the worst time of the year.

    Last year, of course, things didn't pan out as planned and the charity suffered a 60% drop in

  • Love Food Give Food campaign kicks off in London's restaurants

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    Some of London's top restaurants are hoping that you'll help them raise funds for Action Against Hunger this autumn. They've signed up for the charity's Love Food Give Food campaign which runs throughout September and October. The idea is that restaurant goers add an extra £1 on to the bill which goes direct to support communities in the UK and across the world who are facing life-threatening hunger.


  • Grey Goose are selling a charity martini kit involving The Connaught Bar

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    As any long-time readers of Hot Dinners will know, we are rather partial to a good vodka martini. So it's fair to say that when we heard that a charity martini kit involving the World's Best Bar, The Connaught Bar, was launching we were very much interested. Drinking (sensibly of course) and raising

  • London Bakers Against Racism are back with a new spring bake sale

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    Updated 12/3/21 with link to sale

    Who doesn't love baked goods that also do good? London Bakers against Racism are gearing up to hold their biggest virtual bake sale yet at the end of March. They'll be raising money for The Black Curriculum - a social enterprise set up to address the lack of Black British history in school curriculums.

    As before, bakers and cafes who are taking part donate

  • Curry Club are bringing chefs together to cook for London's vulnerable

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    This is a lovely idea, guaranteed to warm the cockles of even the most frozen heart. A whole bunch of restaurant and food folk are coming together to cook food for vulnerable Londoners.

    Curry Club was set up by Matt from Holloway shop Provisions along with Lizzie Parle and her team from Railroad in Hackney. They've brought together some impressive names who are aiming to send out 2000 free meals. Chefs

  • MEATliquor head to North Finchley for a lockdown drive-through popup

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    Updated 26/2/21

    What's a pub to do when it a) can't open and b) isn't allowed to sell its beer for takeaway? Well, one North London pub has hit upon the answer. They're going to do a big charity beer giveaway and they've teamed up with MEATliquor to help them do just that.

    Ten years after MEATliquor blew the doors off the London burger scene with their van in New Cross, they're returning to the pop-up

  • The Duke Bakery at this Islington organic pub is raising funds for StreetSmart

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    If the onslaught of emosh Christmas ads has already got you sobbing into your laptop, then this story from a London pub may push you over the top.

    The Duke of Cambridge organic pub in Islington is today launching an initiative to help StreetSmart - the UK charity for the homeless that normally gets its money from a donation added onto restaurant bills and whose funds have been decimated by the lockdown.


  • From Beder's Kitchen features recipes from Gordon Ramsay, Ottolenghi and more

    Bel-Air brings wholesome LA-fare to Farringdon with their second branch

    It's the time of year when we start to hear about all the exciting recipe books that are coming out in time for Christmas. But one in particular, From Beder's Kitchen, stands out so far.

    It's a charity cookbook which has gathered together what sounds like a superb collection of recipes from people in the food world. Those who've taken part include a veritable who's who of restaurant folk like Gordon

  • This cookbook raising funds for BAME Covid victims is a must-buy

    community comfort charity cookbook

    Great food can be an enormous source of comfort, and the author of a new cookbook hopes not only to provide the people who buy it with great dishes to cook, but also raise funds for those in need.

    Community Comfort, is the brainchild of Caribbean food expert and activist Riaz Phillips. He's roped in the services of an incredibly impressive group of friends - all People of Colour - in the food world to provide recipes for the book. The aim is

  • The Cookdown releases recipe books from London chefs to help the homeless

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    This is a good idea which, in turn, actually does good. During normal times, the charity StreetSmart would be raising funds for the homeless through donations added to the bill in restaurants. But while restaurants remain shut, they've had to diversify. 

    The plan they've come up with is to get some of London's top chefs to create online recipe books - the sale of which will raise funds to help the homeless and

  • Yauatcha's rainbow dumplings are helping feed hungry kids

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    Well, now - aren't these pretty? These gloriously rainbow coloured potstickers are a dish to order that'll not only brighten your day but start someone else's off well too.

    Yauatcha have brought them in for the month of June and, for every box purchase, they'll donate a whole month of breakfasts for a child via the charity Magic Breakfast.

    The seven rainbow dumplings are:

    • Red - filled with Szechuan tenderloin
  • Fancy a Supersizers dinner out with Giles and Sue?

    supersizers charity dinner with sue perkins and giles coren

    Well, this sounds like fun. If you're a fan of the TV show Supersizers, then here's your chance to step back in time with Sue Perkins and Giles Coren.

    The pair are offering a dinner out as part of a charity auction Asks for Masks. The whole thing aims to raise funds to get PPE to places where gaps remain, from hospitals to care homes, hospices to GP hubs.

    In a post on Instagram Giles says "Sue and I are


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