Following the attack at Borough Market on Saturday 3 June, traders and restaurants are preparing to reopen today.
Trading will begin from 10am with the ringing of the market bell after a moment of silence to reflect.
Restaurants including Black and Blue, Arabica Bar & Kitchen, Brindisa, Padella and El Pastor will all fully reopen at various times throughout the day, and the industry has called for customers and fellow businesses to show their support for Borough Market.
“Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences remain with the friends and families of the victims and those still fighting for their lives,” says Arabica Bar & Kitchen founder James Walters.
“We need to stay strong, support each other, re-open our doors and allow the healing process to begin. We are going to need London more than ever now so please come and visit us and the rest of our Borough Market community soon.”
To mark the reopening, Arabica Bar & Kitchen is adding a new cocktail to its menu called London Courage, and will be launching its Sunday music sessions.
“This will be an opportunity for guests and visitors to Borough to come together, rejoice and salute the incredible values our society stands for – freedom, tolerance, diversity and love,” adds Walters.
All of the money raised from ticket sales and £1 from every London Courage cocktail served will go to the Borough Market Relief Fund.
Food unit Gourmet Goat will also be offering visitors pots of homemade koliva – a traditional East Mediterranean offering in memory of life that has passed. It is a mix of wheat berries, pomegranate seeds, sultanas, nuts, mint, sugar, aniseed, cinnamon and sesame seeds.
“Borough Market is more than a market,” says Gourmet Goat co-founder Nadia Stokes. “It is an expression of our love of food, community, our past and future.”
A statement from Borough Market reads:
“While the victims of last week’s terror attack will never be forgotten, and while the trauma experienced by the Borough Market and wider London community will weigh heavily for a long time to come, it is essentially for the wellbeing of everyone associated with Borough Market that we return to at least a semblance of normality as soon as we can. On Wednesday, the bell will ring, the stalls will open, customers will start to arrive, and the healing process will begin.”