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New Initiative Raising Awareness of Restaurant Discrimination Launches in London Today

Hospitality Speaks aims to show where the industry can improve — and how to improve it

Hospitality Speaks will offer a safe space for stories of harassment and misconduct in the London restaurant industry Getty Images

Hospitality Speaks wants to start a long overdue conversation

A new platform raising awareness of discrimination in the London restaurant industry and effective ways to combat that discrimination launches today. Hospitality Speaks, founded by journalist Victoria Stewart, offers an anonymous platform for restaurant and bar staff to share their experiences of bullying and harassment, as well as platforming restaurants it believes to promote safe, equitable, and worthy working environments. Initial “people pioneers” — whose requirements include offering staff food, making rotas transparent, and paying the statutory minimum wage — include Mandy Yin’s Holloway Road laksa bar, Sambal Shiok; Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express; and Iré Hassan-Odukale and Jeremy Chan’s Michelin-starred Ikoyi. It also provides a reference network of NGOs, charities, and legal advice bureaus, to offer a route to support for cases it cannot otherwise address.

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Sambal Shiok

171 Holloway Road, London, Greater London N7 8LX

Darjeeling Express

2a Garrick Street, , England WC2E 9BH 020 7836 8888 Visit Website

Borough Market

8 Southwark Street, , England SE1 1TL 020 7407 1002 Visit Website


1 Saint James's Market, , England SW1Y 4AH 020 3583 4660 Visit Website