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How You Can Help London Restaurants Support Ukraine

All the London restaurants and hospitality initiatives supporting Ukraine.

In response to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, London restaurants have come together to support those affected by the crisis. Here are the restaurants and initiatives that you can head to and, in turn, help support those in need in Ukraine.

#CookForUkraine

Ukrainian chef and food writer Olia Hercules is raising awareness of her family's situation and the wider events in Ukraine via her Instagram. She's also teamed up with author Alissa Timoshkina and influencer Clerkenwell Boy to launch #CookForUkraine with the help of Unicef. As well as being able to donate to the fundraising campaign, you can also help out by eating at the restaurants involved and looking out for special Ukrainian dishes or cocktails on the menus of those participating.

The restaurants currently taking donations from every bill at their restaurant include (but are not limited to): Blacklock, Ducksoup, Trattoria Brutto, Imad's Syrian Kitchen, and Sessions Arts Club.

Other restaurants have introduced Ukrainian-inspired special dishes with profits going to the campaign. There's Koya's green borsch udon, a salo (lardo) topped garlic bruschetta alongside a shot of vodka from the likes of Gloria and Circolo Popolare, as well as vareniki (a Ukrainian dumpling dish) from Officina 00.

You can find the full list of restaurants currently taking part and what they're doing here. The JustGiving page is here.

Support London's Ukrainian Restaurants

Twickenham's Prosperity Restaurant is one of many donation centres gathering essential items— like blankets, sleeping bags, and first aid kits—for those in Ukraine. They're open for donations Wednesday - Saturday from 11am until 9pm. Location here.

In Forest Gate, Dnister Restaurant is also collecting essentials from Romford Road. You can check their Instagram for more details. Or, Sawmill Café in West Ham is doing the same.

Alternatively Albina, a Ukrainian restaurant in Newham, has drawn attention to the National Bank of Ukraine which has set up accounts to allow people to donate directly to help support the Ukrainian army, or in aid of humanitarian assistance. You can find the mobile link for these accounts on the homepage.

My Ukraine Family Campaign

The restaurant group that owns Jolene, Primeur, Westerns Laundry has started its own initiative that adds a voluntary £1 to every bill at all of their restaurants with the restaurant matching whatever donation made by the customer. The funds will then be managed by Choose Love to help displaced Ukrainian families.

More Ways Restaurants Are Supporting Ukraine...

  • Fitzrovia’s newest bar Pinch is donating 15% of all profits to British-Ukrainian Aid, a charity that helps to support those injured or displaced by the ongoing conflict.

  • Mildred’s were making satisfying and creative vegetarian food long before half your address book were vegans. It’s worth heading to one of their locations across the city to say thank you for launching their ‘Careers for Ukraine’ project. The project will secure employment for Ukrainian refugees across their six sites, including travel costs, £300 to help settle in the UK, on-shift meals, and flexible working schedules.

  • Although they’re not part of the Cook For Ukraine appeal, Bob Bob Ricard is donating £1 of every bill from both their Soho and City spots directly to the Ukrainian Red Cross.

  • You should also keep an eye on Stroud Green Market’s Instagram account for upcoming charity bake sales and donations via the medium of delicious cinnamon buns. If you’ve been looking for somewhere to host your own bake sale for Ukraine you can also drop them a message requesting to run your own charity stall.

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