LONDON 2026: RECIPES FOR BUILDING A FOOD CAPITAL
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and London's population has hit the 10m mark
Is that fertiliser I can smell as I come down Pall Mall?… Yes! Trafalgar Square is a wildflower meadow and cows are grazing in front of the National Gallery. A team of urban milkmaids are siphoning off the warm, creamy milk, watched by a group of teenagers preparing for their GCSE in sustainable food production. Dung is being scooped up by a waste recycling team, who will be taking it to the nearest urban farms in Aldwych and Waterloo.
Bees buzz between Trafalgar Square’s wildflower meadow and their various Hive Quarters, across a network of scaffolded gardens above Soho’s car parks. Meanwhile their cricket cousins are busy breeding in the sleek, doughnut-shaped Buzz Building on Old Street roundabout.
There’s another sort of buzz coming from the apartment buildings and offices nearby, whose parasitic anaerobic digesters are busy converting human and food waste into electricity. Yes, the urban space really has transformed beyond recognition in the last 7 years … I wonder how much further along the food growing path we’ll be by 2050 …?
Welcome to our degustation of hand-picked, urban food projects or, as we like to call them, recipes, from the worlds of architecture and design.