LFA, Borough Talks: “Food City: How has food changed London’s built environment?” Thursday 28th June, 18:30-20:30

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Borough Market hosts debate as part of the London Festival of Architecture

When: 6.30pm – 8.30pm, Thursday 28 June

Where: Jubilee Place, Borough Market, Winchester Walk, London, SE1 9AG


How has food production, distribution, storage, preparation, consumption, waste and culture changed London’s built environment? How has London changed food? What does the future hold?

These questions will be debated during a thought provoking evening of discussion hosted by London’s oldest food market, Borough Market, in partnership with architects DLA Design and the Cambridge University Land Society.

As part of the London Festival of Architecture – the world’s largest annual architecture festival – Borough Market is organising a special public debate bringing together experts from the worlds of architecture and food, to explore the impact that food has on our capital city. The talk will take place in Borough Market‘s recently completed communal hub, Jubilee Place. The audience will also be invited to sample a delicious spread of food and drink provided by Borough Market‘s traders.

Donald Hyslop, Chair of Borough Market‘s Board of Trustees, said:

Borough Market has been serving the people of London for 1,000 years, and that extraordinary heritage is an important part of the market’s appeal. With architecture ranging from the Victorian, to Art Deco, to the modern day, Borough Market is an iconic space, which combines the historic with 21st Century innovation. Jubilee Place provides a stimulating setting for what we believe will be a lively and engaging discussion about the relationship between food, communities and London’s built environment.

Speakers who will bring their unique views to the debate include:

  • Carolyn Steel – architect, lecturer and writer who has combined architectural practice with teaching and research into the relationship between food and cities.
  • Kate Hofman – CEO and co-founder of GrowUp Urban Farms, which produces sustainable fresh fish, salads and herbs in cities using a combination of aquaponic and vertical growing techniques.
  • Joanna Lewis – Trustee of the Food Ethics Council and Strategy and Policy Director for Soil Association Food for Life, an award-winning national programme which is about making good food the easy choice for everyone, whoever and wherever they are.
  • Donald Hyslop – Chair of Borough Market and Head of Regeneration and Community Partnerships at TATE. Donald is also Chair of Better Bankside, the business-led regeneration body for SE1.
  • Tim Lang will act as moderator – Professor of food policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy, former trustee of Borough Market, and writer of numerous articles, reports and books on the politics of food production.

Tickets are £17.50 and include opportunities to ask questions at the end of the talks as well as a superb spread of food and drink provided by Borough Market traders.

Tickets are available from Eventbrite:

For more information:
Borough Market,
8 Southwark St,
London SE1 1TL
Tel: 020 7407 1002

Nearest tubes: London Bridge or Borough

For more information contact the Borough Market team at Barley Communications:
Maria Kortbech maria.kortbech@barleycommunications.co.uk, 07952 507270

About Borough Market

Borough Market is a source of quality British and international produce, but it is more than just a place to buy or sell food. It’s a place where people come to connect, to share food and awaken their senses. Borough has long been synonymous with food markets and as far back as 1014, and probably much earlier, London Bridge attracted traders selling grain, fish, vegetables and livestock. In the 13th century traders were relocated to what is now Borough High Street and a market has existed there ever since. Borough Market’s mission is to continue to provide a world class food market at Borough for the community of London and beyond. Borough Market is the only fully independent market in London. It is owned by a charitable trust and run by a board of volunteer trustees. The trust is committed to supporting the local community around Borough Market. We regularly run community events, free cookery demonstrations and we support local community projects and schemes.

About London Festival of Architecture

The London Festival of Architecture is the world’s largest annual architecture festival. From 1st to 30th June the London Festival of Architecture is hosting over 400 events across the city exploring this year’s theme ‘identity’. From exhibitions to family events, walking tours, debates and stunning architectural installations; there’s something for everyone.

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