Livery Kitchens Initiative

In Spring 2020, as the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the United Kingdom, the Clerk of the Drapers’ Company asked some of the City of London’s kitchens a simple question, ‘What can we all do to help?’.  In response the Livery Kitchen Initiative was born. Its mission was to provide delicious and nutritious meals for NHS staff.  Thanks to the generosity of many of the City Livery Companies, individuals, volunteers, and to the work of the Grocers’, Drapers’, Fishmongers’ and Merchant Taylors’ Companies and Party Ingredients caterers, more than 60,000 meals have been delivered and this is going up every week.

Good nutrition runs in parallel with physical and mental health. Local food outlets are trying their best to cope with demand but most have been forced to close, and hospital canteens often require a 30-45 minute queue. The Royal London has just under a 1,000 members of staff working at that site on any one day. In order to maintain social distancing, the canteen has queues extending out to the lift lobby and beyond. This has a dehumanising effect on staff who are risking their own physical and mental health for others during these unprecedented times of viral pandemic.  The Livery Kitchen Initiative is seeking to alleviate some of this pressure.

If you would like to support the Livery Kitchen initiative you can donate directly at

The Livery Kitchens Cookbook

The Head Chefs who have led the way in creating dishes to support hard working NHS staff in London have come together with food writer Peter Galdwin to produce The Livery Kitchen Cookbook.  This compilation of simple recipes with easy to follow, step-by-step instructions, and tips and tricks from the City’s leading chefs, is available to purchase from the Drapers’ Company at £15.  All proceeds will go to City Harvest Charities, supporting deprived communities in London’s East End.  Click here for more information and to order your copy now.