Over the scorching weekend (17 June), London property developer Anthology teamed up with friends and partners including Higgins to host its second consecutive Big Lunch in Hoxton. The event, which was extremely well attended by local residents of the area, and took place at Shoreditch Park – one of London's best loved parks, which is overlooked by Anthology's Hoxton Press development.
An initiative led by The Eden Project, The Big Lunch seeks to bring people together and encourage stronger relationships between neighbours. This year's event saw a remarkable turn out, with over 100 local residents making their way down to the park to enjoy the sunshine and meet friends and neighbours.
Those in attendance on the day, including the Mayor of Hackney, Phillip Glanville, were lucky enough to try the street food delicacies on offer, whilst listening to the locally sourced live music and taking part in some of the great games and competitions on offer! The sun was shining and all the families in attendance had a great time joining in with the games, challenges and activities taking place, including face painting and origami making.
David Newey, Project Director for Anthology Hoxton Press, said: "We were very excited and fortunate to be hosting The Big Lunch in Hoxton this year for the second consecutive year. The weather was on our side and as such we saw a record turn-out at the event, with everyone getting involved in the festivities and basking in the very best of the London summertime. We would like to thank those who came to the event and also thank our partners for their support, all of whom were in attendance and enjoyed an ice cream with us in the sunshine!”
Phillip Glanville, Mayor of Hackney, commented on The Big Lunch: “It was fantastic to join so many local people and councillors making the most of the sunshine. Regeneration is about more than bricks and mortar, so while I’m proud that we’re working with Anthology to build hundreds of much-needed homes, events like this are a great opportunity for the community to come together.”
Anthology felt the benefits of hosting the Big Lunch both this year and last, and they are not the only ones as The Eden Project found that 74% of people who hosted a Big Lunch felt an increased sense of community. This was mirrored in the collaboration between Anthology and its partners in the lead up to the event, where local businesses worked together to host a wonderful event for the whole community.
Paul Cooke, New Business Director for Higgins Construction commented, "The Big Lunch event is an excellent way of bringing the community together and we are delighted to have been involved with Anthology and Hackney Council.”
For further information about the Big Lunch and the events going on nationwide, visit www.thebiglunch.com