During these difficult times, we think it’s important to provide you with your daily dose of escapism to beat the lockdown blues. It is also equally important to share the stories of people and businesses who are showing their heart at times of crisis.

Two of our Jermyn Street favourites — Wilton’s (London’s second oldest restaurant) and classic Italian trattoria Franco’s — have reopened their kitchens to provide gourmet meals for frontline workers all over London.

The meals are being delivered to NHS Workers, key workers, and the homeless through the Westminster Connects Scheme and with help from St. Patrick’s Church in Soho.

Wilton’s Head Chef Daniel Kent said, “Wilton’s and Franco’s restaurants are fortunate enough to work with many of the finest producers and suppliers in the UK. Many of which are small, independent and family-owned.

“We wanted to continue to support these as well as the NHS, keyworkers and those most vulnerable during these unprecedented times. By adhering to social distancing and opening the kitchens of both restaurants we can feed those who need it most, whilst continuing to work with our valued suppliers.”

“Good food is a joy to eat and can comfort, nourish and sustain”

“We want to harness our resources, suppliers and wholesalers to provide healthy meals. The NHS workers and key workers are putting their lives at risk every single day. Good food is a joy to eat and can comfort, nourish and sustain,” added Franco’s Head Chef Stefano Turconi.

“This is vital to those who are homeless, vulnerable and on the frontline. As two of London’s most respected restaurants, we are passionate about serving the finest quality dishes to our patrons and we are overjoyed to be using our skills and suppliers to help in this difficult time.”

It’s a fantastic show of kindness and empathy amid forced restaurant closures, and a timely reminder that there are indeed still good things happening in the world right now. Now more than ever, it is important to show our support for the restaurants we know and love – because soon enough, when all this is over, we will certainly be back to enjoy a meal post-lockdown.

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