I Love Lunch in Hammersmith returns to celebrate local lunchtime food heroes

I Love Lunch in Hammersmith returned on Saturday 11 May 2019 to celebrate the best lunchtime eateries in Hammersmith town centre. Organised by Hammersmith BID, the annual culinary competition encourages local residents, workers and visitors to explore the wide variety of food options available in Hammersmith.

During 11-25 May, the public will be asked to vote online for their lunchtime food heroes in four categories: Best Pub, Best Restaurant, Best Café and Best On-the-Go.

Now in its eighth year, I Love Lunch helps raise the profile of businesses and encourages local dining as part of the BID’s wider commitment to promoting and invigorating Hammersmith town centre. The winners from each category will be presented with a trophy and certificate, entered into the West London Business Awards and featured in Hammersmith BID marketing throughout 2019.

Last year, 38 businesses took part in the competition and almost 4000 votes were cast, with the Hammersmith Ram, Street Eats, Leon and Coco Di Mama crowned champions. This year, a record-breaking 44 businesses are competing, including Hammersmith newcomers: Abokado, Chez Maiss, Crosstown Doughnuts, Jon Smith Subs, Pure, Taco Bell, Simya Korean and The Cellar at Kindred.

I Love Lunch 2019 competitors


Latymers, The Draft House, The Hammersmith Ram, The Dartmouth Castle, The Hop Poles, The Plough and Harrow, The Salutation, The Stonemasons Arms and The William Morris.


Bill’s, Byron, Chez Maiss, Eat Tokyo, Lyric Bar and Grill, Simya Korean, The Cellar at Kindred, Toro Gordo, Villagio, Wagamama and Wingwing.


Alma Café, Antipode, Atrium Café – St Paul’s Church, Bake Haus, Coffee Station, Dragon Cat Café, La Petite Bretagne, Lyric Café and Pret A Manger – Broadway Centre.


Abokado, Baba G Lebanese Grill, Barburrito, Ben’s cookies, Blanche Eatery, Coco Di mama, Crosstown Doughnuts, Jon Smith Subs, Leon, PAUL, Pod, Pure, Sprigs Vietnamese, Taco Bell and Tortilla.

Hammersmith BID Director, Patricia Bench said: “Hammersmith boasts a thrilling and diverse food scene, with an ever-changing choice in cuisines. I encourage locals and visitors to take advantage of the entrants fantastic lunchtime offers over the next two weeks and to vote online for their lunchtime food heroes.”

The public can vote for their favourite Pub, Restaurant, Café and On-the-Go outlets for free once a day, every day from 11-25 May at www.hammersmithbid.co.uk.

During the fortnight, a media campaign will promote the competitor’s exclusive I Love Lunch Privilege Card offers, including 15% off at Leon and Pod, and half-price burgers at The Draft House.

This year, the public are also invited to enter a prize draw to with a free lunch at their favourite Hammersmith eatery. To enter the competition, vote for your favourite lunchtime venue at hammersmithbid.co.uk, then head over to Instagram or Twitter, follow @HammersmithBID and share a picture of your delicious lunch – tagging the eatery, as well as @HammersmithBID and including #ilovelunch2019.

Four winners will be selected at random and contacted on Friday 31 May. Full terms and conditions are available at www.hammersmithbid.co.uk.

Follow the competition and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag: #ilovelunch2019.

About Hammersmith BID

Hammersmith BID is an independent, not-for-profit, business-led company, established with the aim of improving Hammersmith town centre as a place to work, live and visit. The BID provides new and expanded services within the BID area, as identified by the local businesses to improve the working and trading environment. Hammersmith BID was first elected in March 2006, with its mandate renewed for a second 5-year-term in March 2011 and a third in February 2016. Since 2006, the BID has invested more than £7.4m in Hammersmith town centre.