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All the London Restaurants Raising Money for Australia’s Wildfire Relief

A list of events in support of a national crisis

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The ongoing Australian bushfire crisis has already produced devastation on an inconceivable scale — the sort of damage to communities and ways of life that even the most alarming statistics can never truly capture. A billion animals dead; dozens of human lives lost; hundreds of thousands of hectares turned to ash — it’s all too easy to internalise this information and then move on, without giving thought to the people left behind to grieve and rebuild.

London is over 10,000 miles away from New South Wales, but the crisis still hits surprisingly close to home. There is the obvious historical connection between Britain and its former colony, of course — but there is also the fact that many of London’s tastes have been shaped and influenced by Australia, from the chefs who trained there, to the sommeliers who fell in love with its wines, to the hundreds of us tucking into flat whites and avocado toast on a weekend. Expat Australians have formed their own community here, and London’s restaurant scene — particularly in the east of the city — would be poorer without them.

This is London’s opportunity to give something back — to support Australia’s people. The following list attempts to capture all of the fundraising activity going on in London’s restaurants over the next month or so; it will be updated regularly.


Quality Wines Auction

An auction that will feature some of Australia’s most prized wines
QCH Wine [Official Photo]

Who: Gus Gluck, Quality Wines’ resident sommelier par excellence.

What: An auction featuring some of Australia’s most prized wines (many donated by figures in the London restaurant scene), with all proceeds going to the WIRES Wildlife Rescue Emergency Fund and the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund.

When: The auction ran from 10 January to 12p.m. on 12 January. It raised over £30,000.


The Laughing Heart All-Dayer

@thelaughingheart_london/Instagram

Who: Charlie Mellor of The Laughing Heart and some very special guests, from afternoon until late.

What: A 14 course Yum Cha cooked by Brett Redman (Eliott’s); John Javier (Pachamama East); Will Gleave (Bright, Peg); Seb Myers (P. Franco); Magnus Reid (Legs); and Brendan Fong (Ichibuns, Mstr Fong) An LCD Soundsystem DJ set and drinks will follow; all proceeds to First Nations of Australia and wildlife initiatives. Also: all proceeds from a special sausage sizzler dish, £1 of every Australian glass of wine and £5 from every bottle will be donated through the next several weeks.

When: 26 January, Yum Cha 2p.m. — 5p.m.; Drinks and party 4p.m. — 11p.m.


Pidgin Fundraising Dinner

Pidgin tasting menu restaurant in east London wants a Michelin star back with new head chef Pidgin [Official Photo]

Who: The team behind restless tasting menu restaurant Pidgin.

What: A £55 per head one-off dinner that will likely pack some serious wine.

When: 27 January, two sittings at 6:30p.m. and 9:00p.m.

How to get involved: Email james@birdmangroup.com to book.


Portland Fundraising Dinner

Steamed squid bun at Portland, one of London’s best snacks at a restaurant in central London Portland/Instagram

Who: The team behind Michelin-starred Fitzrovia jewel Portland.

What: A £195 per head one-off dinner with Graft Wine Company, with all proceeds going to the Adelaide Hills wine recovery fund.

When: 27 January.

How to get involved: Sold out.


Bright Fundraising Dinner

Best Christmas drinks London: Tomato eau de vie at Bright Bright/Instagram

Who: The team behind iconic east London restaurant/wine bars Bright and P. Franco.

What: A dinner with some of London’s most exciting chefs, including P. Franco’s Seb Myers, Legs founder Magnus Reid, Ottolenghi test kitchen recipe developer Ixta Belfrage, and William Gleave of Bright. Wines, a silent auction, and a raffle.

When: 10 February

How to get involved: Booking information to come. Email tom@wearenoble.co.uk to donate auction lots.


Wander Australia Week

Sage tortellini at Wander restaurant, on a white plate on a wooden table Wander/Instagram

Who: Alexis Noble at Wander

What: A special Australia Day celebration to help raise money for relief support back in Australia with donations, a charity raffle, and special week long Australia Day menu at £35 featuring the likes of chicken parm, meat pie, salt and pepper squid, and pavlova.

When: 22 — 26 January

How to get involved: Check out Wander’s Crowfunder page for donations and/or raffles. Or simply visit the website, or @wanderrestaurant.


A special 8-course Australia Day relief dinner at Tommy Green in Victoria, with all profits donated to the Country Fire Associations (NSW, Victoria, Queensland and SA), the Red Cross and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal.
Daisygreencollection/Instagram

Who: Australian restaurant group The Daisy Green Collection.

What: A special 8-course Australia Day relief dinner at Timmy Green in Victoria, with all profits donated to the Country Fire Associations (NSW, Victoria, Queensland and SA), the Red Cross and the Adelaide Hills Wine Region Fire Appeal. Throughout January, the Daisy Green Collection will also be raising money for these charities by donating £2 from every chicken parmigiana sold, £1 from every glass of Australian wine sold and 50p from every lamington sold.

When: 25 January for the Timmy Green dinner; further fundraising at all Daisy Green sites throughout January.

How to get involved: Tickets cost £95 pp and are available via Design My Night, email, or by calling +44 7746 064 136


Wine tasting nights featuring wines from vineyards affected by the fires
milkbeachlondon/Instagram

Who: Queen’s Park coffee shop, restaurant, and wine bar Milk Beach.

What: Two wine tasting nights featuring wines from vineyards affected by the fires; a special Australia Day party and fundraiser with all proceeds going to the Australian Red Cross; a pledge to donate 30p from every flat white sold throughout January.

When: Wine tasting nights are on the 16th and 19th of January; Australia Day party on the 25th January.

How to get involved: Email hello@hellomilkbeach.com to buy tickets.


Steak in a cast iron dish on a brown, wood restaurant table at Hawksmoor, one of London’s best steak restaurants Hawksmoor [Official Photo]

Who: Steak restaurant group Hawksmoor.

What: Collecting voluntary donations from diners and matching those donations.

When: 26 January.

How to get involved: Dining at Hawksmoor.


Shaun Presland will open Pacific at 10 Heddon Street in Mayfair Pacific [Official Photo]

Who: Australian / Japanese restaurant residency Pacific, run by chef Shaun Presland.

What: An Australia Day brunch, with hamburgers, meat pies, garlic and shiso prawns, and grilled steaks, as well as an auction with a week at an Australia beach house and a sushi masterclass with Presland on the table. All money will go to fire relief. £2 from every bill through the end of February will be donated to New South Wales’ Rural Fire Service.

When: 26 January, 11.a.m. — 4p.m.

How to get involved: Book tickets here, or turn up on the day and pay £50.


Ducksoup Soho is one of London’s best summer restaurants Chiron Cole/Ducksoup

Who: Longstanding Soho restaurant/wine bar Ducksoup

What: £1 from every bill goes to New South Wales fire relief.

When: Through January and February

How to get involved: Head for one of London’s most coveted bar seats.


Hām [Official Photo]

Who: Hampstead neighbourhood restaurant Hām.

What: A three course Australia-inspired dinner, with all revenue going to the Australian Red Cross; wines on the night will see £1 from each glass and £6 from each bottle go to the Adelaide Hills recovery fund.

When: 26 January

How to get involved: Book on Hām’s website.


Dalston Japanese yakitori restaurant Jidori’s spread of dishes Jidori [Official Photo]

Who: Dalston yakitori slinger Jidori.

What: £1 from every bill goes to New South Wales fire relief.

When: Through January.

How to get involved: Eat some skewers.


Agnolotti in broth in a white bowl on a black table Brawn [Official Photo]

Who: Essential London restaurant Brawn.

What: A one-off revival of what was one of the most esteemed Sunday lunches in the city, with all proceeds from a £45 set menu going to relief charities.

When: 26 January.

How to get involved: Booking TBC.


Coqfighter [Official Photo]

Who: Fried chicken stackers Coqfighter.

What: £2 from every January special sold to the Red Cross.

When: Through January.

How to get involved: Head for Soho, Boxpark Shoreditch, or Boxpark Croydon.


A spread at Elliot’s
Borough Market

Who: Longstanding Borough Market favourite Elliot’s.

What: £1 from every bill goes to New South Wales fire relief, as does £1 from each glass and £6 from each bottle of Adelaide Hills wines.

When: Through January and February

How to get involved: Head to the market.


Arabica London/Instagram

Who: Arabica Bar and Kitchen.

What: £1 from every bill goes to Red Cross Australia, NSW Rural Fire Service, VIC Country Fire Authority, SA Country Fire Service & Wires Wildlife Rescue relief..

When: January

How to get involved: Head to the restaurant.


Vegan ramen
Bone Daddies/Instagram

Who: Bone Daddies.

What: £1 from each January Vegan special goes to @wireswildliferescue to support the efforts to protect and rescuing wildlife that have been affected by the horrific fires in NSW and Victoria.

When: January

How to get involved: Head to the restaurant.


Who: Burger & Beyond.

What: Burger & Beyond will list and promote Australian wines by the glass, and each glass will have a £1 donation.

When: January

How to get involved: Head to the restaurant.


Who: Callooh Callay Chelsea.

What: A fundraising night with all sales going to New South Wales Rural Fire Service, WIRES Wildlife Rescue, and CVS Foundation of Volunteer Firefighters. It involves guest bartenders who will make all the daiquiris. Reaction events and Aussie born performer Tizzy von Tassel will host an evening of entertainment, including burlesque and cabaret performers, 7 pm onwards.

When: 19 January

How to get involved: Email freyja@calloohcallaybar.com or reach out to @calloohcallaychelsea by private message.


Caravan Restaurants/Instagram

Who: Caravan Restaurants.

What: Caravan restaurants are hosting an evening of comedy, music and spoken word at Caravan Bankside. Doors will open at 6.30p.m. with performances kicking off at 7pm. Tickets are priced at £15, including drinks and snacks, and funds will be going directly to the Victoria Country Fire Authority and New South Wales Rural Fire Service.

When: 19 January.

How to get involved: Find tickets here.


Crosstown [Official Photo]

Who: Crosstown.

What: For each Tim Tam & Lamnut purchased on Australia Day, 50p will be donated, £1.50 for each six pack box, and £3 for each 12 pack box, all purchased online to WIRES.

When: 24-26 January.

How to get involved: Beloved Australian sweets marries doughnuts. What’s not to like.


Who: Dandy Restaurant.

What: Dandy will list and promote Australian wines by the glass and each glass will have a £1 donation towards relief efforts.

When: January.

How to get involved: Visit the restaurant, drink some wine.


District Coffee/Instagram

Who: District Coffee Shop.

What: For the month of January, 20p from the sale of all flat whites will be donated to help fire damaged areas. The staff will also donate their tips towards the cause. The money raised will go to the NSW Rural Fire Service and to WIRES Wildlife Rescue.

When: January.

How to get involved: Change up your coffee order.


Flor Borough Market is the new London restaurant from the team behind Michelin-starred Lyle’s in Shoreditch Emma Hughes/Eater London

Who: London’s hottest restaurant Flor.

What: Flor will list and promote Australian wines by the glass and each glass will have a £1 donation towards relief efforts.

When: January.

How to get involved: Alongside stunning bakes, have a glass of wine.


Granger & Co/Instagram

Who: Granger & Co.

What: Until the end of the month, the all-day restaurant in Clerkenwell will be donating £1 from every serve of hotcakes across all sites. Donations will go to NSW Rural Fire Service, Country Fire Authority, Australian Red Cross, and WIRES Wildfire Rescue to help communities ravaged by fire, volunteers, rescue services and imperilled wildlife. Option to add £1 to bill until end of February.

When: January-February.

How to get involved: Hotcakes for breakfast.


Who: Happy Endings

What: A special Fairy Bread Ice Cream Sandwich to go on the menu at Wander Restaurant in collaboration with Alexis Noble.

When: 26 January.

How to get involved: Follow this link.



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Who: Lyle’s

What: Lyle’s will list and promote Australian wines by the glass and each glass will have a £1 donation towards relief efforts..

When: Until all of it is sold.

How to get involved: Dine and...wine?


Ottolenghi/Instagram

Who: Ottolenghi

What: Lamingtons and Iced VoVos in all the Ottolenghi shops with 100 percent of sales going towards Australian Red Cross.

When: January and February.

How to get involved: Get down for some baked goods


Tomato and basil pasta at Padella, in London Bridge. The restaurant run by Tim Siadatan will open on Phipp Street in Shoreditch Ola Smit/EaterLondon

Who: Padella

What: £1 donation on each bill.

When: January.

How to get involved: More reasons to visit London’s favourite pasta restaurant.


Who: Plates

What: A special plant based dinner in collaboration with Clerkenwell Boy to showcase native Australian ingredients. All proceeds are donated to charities.

When: 8 February.

How to get involved: Email hello@plateslondon.com, details TBD


Pressure Drop Brewery/Instagram

Who: Pressure Drop Brewery

What: A big fundraiser for the Aussie bushfire crisis in the form of a mini beer festival with kegs from Verdant Brewing Co, Deya Brewery, Left Handed Giant Brewing Co, North Brewing Co. Also, a proper Aussie sausage sizzle and bake sale, coffee stall and a pizza party with all proceeds going to the fundraiser. Plus a raffle with loads of beery (and not so beery) prizes.

When: 25 January

How to get involved: Follow this link.


roast_restaurant/Instagram

Who: Roast Borough Market

What: A discretionary £1 donation to be added to the bill. Roast has also teamed up with ClerkenwellBoy and others restaurants to help communities ravaged by fire, volunteers, rescue services and imperilled wildlife in Australia.

When: Until 9 February

How to get involved: Follow this link.


Who: Restaurant 1251

What: £1 to every bill; proceeds go to Red Cross.

When: January

How to get involved: Make your way to Islington.


Who: Sabor

What: A special dish of chargrilled oyster with chorizo and lovage oil. £1 per sale will be donated.

When: January and February

How to get involved: All the more reasons to boycott “Veganuary”.


Soho House 76 Dean Street [Official Photo]

Who: Soho House

What: £1 for every bill over £30 at 76 Dean St.

When: January

How to get involved: Sunday brunch just took on more meaning.


Who: Spring

What: £1 added to every bill.

When: January and February

How to get involved: Visit the restaurant.


The Sun Tavern/Instagram

Who: The Sun Tavern

What: Aussie brand Four Pillars Gin are teaming up with The Sun Tavern for an Australian Day celebration on 26 January. There will be a bespoke cocktail menu with £7.50 cocktails and £1 from each cocktail will be donated to the Australian firefighters working on bushfire relief. The funds raised will then be matched by Four Pillars Gin. There will also be Aussie-based Stone & Wood Brewing Co serving up their beer and Aussie psych – folk – pop artists on the decks.

When: 26 January

How to get involved: Drink up.


Who: Violet Cakes

What: £1 added to every bill.

When: January

How to get involved: Let everyone have cake.


Who: Wright Bros

What: £1 added to every bill.

When: January

How to get involved: Visit the restauant.

This list will be regularly updated, so check back for more events.

Milk Beach

, , England NW6 6RA 020 8144 8277 Visit Website

Legs

120 Morning Lane London E9 6LH, London, 440203 441 8765 Visit Website

Daisy Green

20 Seymour Street, , England W1H 7HX 020 3475 3716 Visit Website

The Laughing Heart

277 Hackney Road, , England E2 8NA 020 7686 9535 Visit Website

Wander

214 Stoke Newington High Street, , England N16 7HU 020 7249 7283 Visit Website

Ottolenghi

287 Upper Street, , England N1 2TZ 020 7288 1454 Visit Website

Bright

1 Westgate Street, , England E8 3RL 020 3095 9407 Visit Website

Quality Wines

88 Farringdon Road, , England EC1R 3EA 020 3602 8115 Visit Website

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