This is the only pop up you need to visit this December

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Sonya Barber

Christmas presents, party outfits, dinners, secret santa gifts, mulled booze, turkey and all the trimmings: it can feel like you’re haemorrhaging cash each December. But this year, there’s a place where you can shop, eat, and be merry without the guilt. 

The lovely #CookForSyria Pop Up Café has just landed on Monmouth Street in Seven Dials in London. 

From 10am-7pm every day until Christmas Eve, it’ll be selling a selection of pastries, cakes and mince pies from London’s top bakers including Lily Vanilli, Bread Ahead and The Good Egg, with all proceeds going to Unicef UK’s appeal for the children of Syria.  

You’ll also be able to pick up a copy of the brilliant #CookForSyria cook book with Syrian-inspired recipes from Deliciously Ella, Gizzi Erskine, Jamie Oliver, Hemsley+Hemsley, Yotam Ottolenghi, Lily Vanilli and many more top chefs. The perfect gift for any foodie friend or family member (or just a treat for yourself).  

There will also be mezze delights from Imad’s Syrian Kitchen to eat in and takeaway, with 50p from each meal going to Unicef. Imad Alarnab is a Syrian chef and refugee living in London, who has been supported by the project and done lots of supper clubs over the last year.

The #CookForSyria fundraising initiative was started in 2016 by Instagram legend Clerkenwell Boy, SUITCASE Magazine Founder Serena Guen, and leading restaurant PR Gemma Bell with an aim to celebrate Syrian culture amid one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our time, and to raise money to help protect Syrian children.

Since launching, they’ve hosted over 200 supper clubs and bake sales, worked with restaurants around the world to serve over 10,000 Syrian-inspired specials, won the Observer Food Monthly’s Best Ethical Food Project of 2017 and raised over £350,000 for Unicef UK.

Clerkenwell Boy explains: “We’re so pleased that one year on, CFS is still going strong. We believe that it’s important not to let news on the people of Syria drop off, there’s an ongoing need and we’re pleased to be able to help in any way we can,” he says. 

So next time you’re wandering through Covent Garden, make a beeline for the #CookForSyria Pop Up Café and help spread some good cheer.

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Images: Claire Menary.