Finding any kind of space in a bustling city of 8.6 million people can be tough; be it housing, kitchen space or just some simple peace and quiet. London’s population is bigger than ever before, and growing. Within the next 30 years, it’s expected to rise further and could well reach 11 million people. This presents many opportunities for food businesses with the potential for more innovation and greater economies of scale, but it also brings challenges. Food start-ups are already struggling to find space in London, with large chains snapping up prime locations, increasing rents and demand outstripping supply.


London’s land area isn’t getting any bigger, so we need to find more efficient and sustainable ways of working and get the most out of what we already have; and London certainly has a lot. There are restaurants with unused kitchen space, there are hotels with empty bedrooms, there are underutilised public buildings, there are empty commercial spaces in between rents, and plenty of green spaces. London is filled with unused empty spaces, it’s just a case of finding them.

Good space shouldn’t go to waste, and that’s why Kitchup has created a trusted community marketplace for people to discover or list underused commercial kitchen space around the UK. Whether you need to hire a kitchen for food production, host a supper club or test some recipes, its likely there’s already an existing space in London that will suit your needs, but without the expensive price tag! It’s not only cost effective to hire kitchen space, it also takes the hassle out of setting up your own premises with the right accreditation and equipment; and most importantly, it supports a sustainable society.

So next time you’re a squished sardine on the tube wishing you had more space, think how you could make use of the resources around you. The hustle and bustle of London is what makes it such a vibrant and exhilarating city to live in and Kitchup believe with a little resourcefulness and collaboration, there can be space for us all.

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