Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin star restaurant The Fat Duck and London institution The River Cafe are among those raising money to support homeless people this winter.
More than 540 restaurants, pubs and hotels across the UK have signed up to support StreetSmart’s annual campaign throughout November and December. A voluntary £1 is added to diners’ bills, which is then donated to homelessness charities.
Others taking part include Harvey Nichols and Selfridges in London, Mana in Manchester, The Palmerston in Edinburgh and Carters of Moseley in Birmingham.
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Chef Jeremy Lee from Quo Vadis in Soho said he has admired the campaign since its inception.
“StreetSmart’s secret is that it’s dead simple,” he said. “Today we can feel far too busy and serious to do anything, but with this tiny effort you can end up with a large lump sum after Christmas. It’s a small gesture for a big problem.”