Save Bonnington Cafe

by Bonnington Cafe in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

Save Bonnington Cafe
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Save Bonnington Cafe

by Bonnington Cafe in London, Greater London, United Kingdom

On Monday 29th November, our landlord, the Bonnington Centre Community Association’s (BCCA) management committee has boarded the café up and refused to allow our cooks' access to the building.

We have been trying to negotiate a new lease since well before lockdown. We have been successfully running as a collective for 20 years. We were not in agreement with the BCCA taking over the management of the café and we were not prepared to sign a lease that did not acknowledge our continuous tenancy. Despite our efforts to address the lease via lawyers, the community centre management committee hired a security firm and shut all access to us, our customers and our community workshops.

We believe we are being illegally evicted.

We are setting up a crowdfunding campaign to assist us with these unexpected further legal costs. Our lawyers estimate to reopen the cafe by emergency court order these costs could be as high as £30,000

Bonnington café is a community hub and an integral part of the history of Bonnington Square and Vauxhall. 

Each day of the week has a different chef with a variety of cooking styles and approaches, but our combined focus is providing affordable meals in a city that is becoming more and more expensive, and a friendly, unique atmosphere to anyone who comes through the door.

We regularly organise fundraising benefits for various causes, and run community workshops on healthy cooking and eating, fermentation and culinary herbs. Throughout lockdown we provided complimentary meals to anyone in need, and have continued this - we welcome people who may not be able to afford to pay for meals to come and eat.

To lose the cafe in this shocking way would be to lose an essential community resource and an irreplaceable social space. 

Please help us save our beloved Bonnington café.

‘In the last few months especially, because I am now a carer for my wife, the meals that the café has been providing me have been a complete lifesaver’ - Local resident

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