We have great places in and around Lambeth for food. Here are a few ideas for cheap or free food and community food projects.
Whole Food Shops
The famous Brixton shop has a great supply of cheap herbs and spices, you can buy by weight. See website for opening times.
59 Atlantic Road
London SW9 8PU
T: 020 7737 2210
FareShares Food Co-op
FareShares is community food co-op, run by volunteers. Their website has really useful information if you want to set up your own food
co-op. See website for opening times.
56 Crampton Street
London SE17 3AE
Naked Larder is a food buying group in Lambeth. You can join and buy low-cost dry goods and eco-friendly cleaning products in bulk. Members collect their orders using their own reusable containers.
Surplus Food Organisations
Approved Foods is an online shop that sells short-life and surplus food, drink and household products very cheaply. Their website is worth checking out for some bargains: approvedfood.co.uk
Brixton People’s Kitchen
Brixton People’s Kitchen runs community feasts in Lambeth. Volunteers collect surplus food from local shops. They can cook and eat with other people who love good food and want to reduce food waste. You can eat for a small donation or free, if you volunteer. For more information, visit: brixtonpk.wordpress.com
Brixton Pound Cafe
Pay-what-you-feel cafe using surplus ingredients from local businesses.
Mon - Fri 8am - 6pm, Sat 9am - 6pm, Sun 10am-5pm
77 Atlantic Road
T: 020 3581 2850
People's Fridge Brixton
New community fridge. Local businesses donate quality, free surplus food for people to take away and eat. Open Monday to Friday 9am-7pm, Weekends 9am-5pm.
Pop Brixton, (Find fridge at the rear near Impact Hub)
49 Brixton Station Rd SW9 8PQ
Community Shop sells low-cost, high quality surplus food to people receiving benefits in the West Norwood area. To use the shop, you need to become a member. For more information visit: community-shop.co.uk
London SE27 9PA
Open Monday to Saturday, 9 am -5pm
Best Before Project & FareShare London
Are you involved in a community group? The following organisations offer community groups free or reduced price surplus food from supermarkets and stores. This is a great way to help your group and reduce food waste.
Best Before Project
T: 07823 323 240
T: 020 7394 2478 / 2463
Free & Cheap Meals
Ace of Clubs
Ace of Clubs offers cheap food daily.
Open Monday to Friday:
Hot lunch served 12pm till 1.30pm (£1)
Soup & sandwiches served 3-3.30pm (50p)
St Alphonsus Road
London SW4 7AS
T: 020 7720 2811 or 020 7720 0178
Brixton People's Kitchen at Vida Walsh Centre
Serving vegetarian and meat based, low cost meals.
Using 50% surplus ingredients. Open Tues, Weds, Fridays to the public (Saturdays in summer). For more information, contact:
Vida Walsh Centre
2b Saltoun Road
Brixton SW2 1EP
T: 0793 434 6917
Christchurch Gipsy Hill
Every Tuesday from 10.45am: free tea, coffee and cake.
Free lunch from 12.45pm to 3.30pm.
Christchurch Gipsy Hill
London SE19 1DP
T: 020 8761 5927
12-1pm Monday to Saturday, lunch for members.
London SE27 9PA
T: 020 8761 9660
London Welcome Project
Weekly free hot food, support and activitied for refugees and people seeking asylum. Sundays 12-5pm.
1 Studley Road
Stockwell SW4 6RA
T: 07438 506 392
Lunch Club every Friday 12pm.
Two course meal for £3.
58 Westow Street
Upper Norwood SE19 3AF
T: 020 8771 0979
Free lunch is provided Tuesdays 12.30pm to 1.30pm.
Advice and support available Mon-Tues 9am to 10.30am, Wed 9am-11am, Thurs 9am-1pm, Fri 9am-10.30am.
(No children under 16 admitted)
8 Tooting Bec Gardens SW16 1RB
T: 0208 696 0943
Stockwell Park Community Centre
Friday Night Supper - free, warm community meal from 7pm
The Community Centre
21 Aytoun Place SW9 0TE
T: 0207 924 9899
Food & HIV
The Food Chain
The Food Chain supports people living with HIV and their families across the London boroughs. They provide healthy food, support and advice. You must be referred by your doctor, clinic or social worker to use their services. Their website has useful information about food and nutrition, plus recipes. The Food Chain also has volunteering opportunities. For more information visit their website: foodchain.org.uk