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8 July 2013

Waterloo Quarter Food Festival attempts to set new record for the world’s smallest restaurant

The organisers of the Waterloo Quarter Food Festival will attempt to set a new record for the world’s smallest restaurant as part of its annual summer food festival in SE1 on Friday 12 July. Lower Marsh Market’s new roaming market stall will be transformed into a miniature restaurant for the day in an attempt to set a new record for the world’s smallest restaurant. Capable of seating two or four diners the ‘restaurant’, which will be situated across the road from The Old Vic Theatre, will measure a tiny 102cm x 235cm. Adrian Collischon, head chef of Eden Fine Dining, will serve a summer menu prepared from a ‘temporary kitchen’ on the roof and measuring just 106cm x 230cm. Other small restaurants around the world include Solo Per Due in Vacone Italy, which serves two guests per night and Kuappi, Lisalmi in Finland a tiny shack measuring 8 square metres.

The menu is priced from £30 per head with all proceeds going to charity and includes a personal butler service. Diners will be asked to nominate a preferred charity to benefit from the proceeds and the organisers hope that diners will choose to pay much more for such a unique one-off experience in the heart of central London. The table can be reserved by emailing and three sittings are available: 12-1pm, 1.15-2.15pm and 5-7pm.

Helen Santer, Chief Executive of Waterloo Quarter, organisers of the Waterloo Food Festival, said: “The Waterloo Food Festival, now in its fifth year, is going from strength to strength. Our attempt to set a new world record for the smallest restaurant is our most unique event this year – amongst the many exciting food events happening as part of the Festival this month.”

Nick Mead, Director of Eden Caterers, said: “Another amazing Waterloo Food Festival, so many people attending the events around Waterloo and now a chance to break a ‘World’ record, fantastic!”

Adrian Collischon, Head Chef of Eden Fine Dining, said: “When I was asked to get involved in the world’s smallest restaurant I thought how fantastic. I get to cook on the roof in the middle of central London – offers like this don’t come along every day. I know our diners will love the food, for me I just can’t wait to give them an amazing food experience and cook at the most weird but also most wonderful of London’s venues. To break a world record, well that would just top it all off.”

The Lower Marsh Market roaming satellite stall, designed by aberrant architecture, is a multi-functional market stall incorporating a covered seated area, a stage on the roof for performances and a ‘chicken’ signpost. Inspired by drawings of 16th century ‘totem’ structures used as markers around which different market traders assembled it was commissioned by Waterloo Quarter Business Improvement District as part of its continued rejuvenation of Lower Marsh Market – one of London’s most historic markets – and is delivered as part of Waterloo Quarter’s ‘Portas Pilot’ project for Lower Marsh and The Cut. The Waterloo Portas Town Team Pilot is funded by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, and delivered by Waterloo Quarter BID in collaboration with the London Borough of Lambeth.

Now in its fifth year, the Waterloo Quarter Food Festival is a month-long celebration of food and drink organised by Waterloo Quarter BID, Waterloo’s business-led organisation committed to improving the area of Waterloo. Unlike many other food festivals it doesn’t take part in a tent or marquee but in the street and within individual bars, restaurants and shops. This year’s Festival runs from the 27 June to 31 July. To find out more about the Waterloo Quarter Food Festival visit