Here are 3 of my favourite eateries in London that are giving back to the community, including some very unique initiatives that I have yet to see anywhere else in the world.
1- Waterhouse Restaurant
Waterhouse Restaurant is located on a beautiful canal side location in Hackney and is owned by Shoreditch Trust, a charity working to reduce social and economic disadvantage in London. Waterhouse works in partnership with Shoreditch Trust’s Blue Marble Training Programme providing opportunities for local people to access careers in food. Go for the views, the cause and the food.
Address: 10 Orsman Road, N1 5QJ London
2- The Clink
Possibly one of London’s most unique restaurants, The Clink, which is located in Brixton, is staffed by prisoners working towards qualifications in food preparation, food service and customer service, leading to employment in the UK hospitality industry upon release. Aside from the restaurant in Brixton, The Clink operates 3 other training restaurants, 2 horticulture schemes, and 1 event caterer. Over 800 prisoners have graduated from The Clink training projects to date.
Address: Jebb Avenue Brixton London SW2 5XF
3- Dans Le Noir ?
Dans Le Noir ? meaning ‘in the dark’ is a restaurant in London that provides a rather unique dining experience where visitors do just as the name suggests, dine in the dark. Situated in the charming area of Clerkenwell Dans Le Noir ? provides employment opportunities to the visually impaired allowing them to guide guests on a sensory journey through the dark restaurant.
Dans Le Noir ?’s aim is to provide “a human exchange, when, for once, the blind become our eyes to guide us into an intriguing new way of sensing our environment.” The restaurant also supports a number of local and international charities, including charities that support the visually impaired.