London City Airport has awarded a seven-year contract extension to food & beverage operator SSP Group, with the opening of new concepts planned as part of the £12 million upgrade of the Departure Lounge. This includes a revamp to the F&B offer with the aim of providing the modern traveller with unique, local culinary experiences.
“This new investment in food & beverage outlets at London City Airport by SSP will be welcomed by our passengers and we can’t wait for our passengers to experience the new and improved food offerings at the airport, especially the London-focused food and drink brands,” said Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer, London City Airport.
Among the new offers and making its airport debut will be SSP-owned concept, Hithes. This upmarket eatery draws inspiration from the capital’s vibrant, multicultural culinary landscape, with recipes from the four corners of the city featured throughout the menu.
A Juniper & Co will offer travellers an “accessibly exclusive” F&B experience, with a menu of classically British and specialty food items, with a focus on local provenance throughout.
For travellers seeking healthier options, a landside Soul & Grain will open summer 2023. The ‘fresh-to-go’ concept offers vegetarian and vegan options, as well as more indulgent treats, and coffee from Extract Coffee Roasters.
“SSP has a long-standing relationship with London City Airport, spanning 20 years,” said Kari Daniels, CEO, SSP UK & Ireland. “We’re delighted to be bringing new concepts to London City passengers and have worked in close partnership with the airport to deliver a truly local, London experience. These concepts will give guests an opportunity to sample some of the most exciting foods from across the capital.”