• Hydrogen Experiments

    Join philosopher of science and physics, Leverhulme, Dr Eleanor Knox and artist Nick Laessing fellow for an exploration of the edges of scientific  discovery hosted Dr Daniel Glaser director of Science Gallery at King's College London

    Laessing has recently produced a series of works investigating the idealistic claims of inventors who believe water can be readily transformed into hydrogen gas and used as a clean alternative to fossil fuels.

    We'll be cooking with hydoxy gas on the evening whilst Nick and Eleanor discuss the nature of utopian claims of fringe science and the pursuit of the arcane.
  • Irasshai Japanese Supper Club at The Rooftop Cafe

    Irasshai at The Rooftop Cafe is brought to you by husband and wife team Dheerna and Shunta. 
    After 10 years in Japan running a deli in Setagaya, Tokyo, they are taking their first steps onto the London culinary scene with an evening of gyoza and specialist Japanese Beer.
    Also on offer will be a taster of Japanese pickles, cocktails and rice balls.  
    Join us for a lazy Sunday afternoon of good food, good drink and a sprinkling of Japanese Hip Hop.
    Tickets include gyoza and a beer.
    We hope to see you here.
    Tickets available here 
  • Eat Your Words with Owen Sheers

    Join us on Wednesday 17th July for a three-course meal interwoven with readings from novelists Joanna Rossiter, Naomi Wood and acclaimed poet Owen Sheers.  
    You can get your tickets here.
  • Capturing the universe | 10th July | 7pm

    Join Professor Neil Lambert, staff physicist at CERN, for a guided tour of the normally enclosed world of quantum mechanics.  We'll be joined by artist Alejandro Guijarro, whose most recent work involves photographs of blackboards in quantum mechanics classes around the world.  
    The discussion will be led by Dr Daniel Glaser, previously head of engaging science at The Wellcome Trust and now Director of Science Engagement, King's Cultural Institute. We'll be serving sharing plates and drinks in The Rooftop Cafe.
    This event has now sold out.
  • La Primavera

    51 Degrees presents La Primavera - a taster of modern Italian cuisine 
    // The Food // 
    Italian cuisine has a vibrancy few can match. Exceptional produce, effervescent flavours and a mix of contemporary and traditional cooking techniques lift the food to extraordinary heights. The weather probably helps a little bit, too.
    Join us on Monday 10th June for an evening of Italian gastronomy, rich in the flavours of gorgeous seasonal produce.
  • Planning for London

    Pleased to see some esteemed guests here at The Exchange as part of the Centre for London  debate on the Thames Gateway.  Seems like they enjoyed their spot of lunch from the cafe too.
  • Selin Kiazim's Trinkets

    Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th May | Selin Kiazim | Trinkets 
    About Selin Kiazim 
    Until recently head chef at award winning Kopapa in central London, Selin comes to the Rooftop Cafe as guest chef for one weekend. Selin’s food takes inspiration from her Turkish Cypriot heritage and is focussed on communal eating; encouraging conversations about food by sharing dishes between diners. She is inspired by flavours from travels, friends and fellow chefs. Selin’s food has no boundaries or easy categorisation, she is constantly experimenting and innovating, combining classic flavours with new ingredients from around the world. 
    Selin enjoys competitive cooking and has competed all over the world including Mexico, New Zealand and Geneva, winning numerous titles.  Highlights have included: bronze and silver awards with junior Team GB in the Culinary Olympics in 2008; finalist on BBC3’s Young Chef of the Year in 2009; Spanish Young Chef of the Year in 2010 and then finalist/semifinalist for National Chef of the Year in 2010, 2011 and 2012, winning a place to train at Feran Adrià's prestigious El Bulli.
    Undoubtedly, Selin Kiazim is one of London’s most exciting female chefs. Ahead of plans to start her own place we're happy to welcome her to our grill for a weekend of great food.
    The menu
    £40 - 7 sharing plates
    Wood fired Turkish bread served with:
    Caramelised onion tapenade, paprika yoghurt _ tomato tartare
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    BBQ quail glazed with oregano, sumac _ palm sugar, minted caper dressing
    Kisir: Spiced bulgur wheat, spring onion _ walnut salad
    BBQ Miso asparagus, sticky green beans _ fennel seed
    •••••
    Crispy lamb breast glazed with pomegranate sauce, yoghurt _ herbs
    Chilli roast cauliflower, Turkish pistachios, red onion _ parsley
    BBQ Mackerel, yellow bean dressing, watermelon, smoky mushrooms _ coriander
    All served with a Sea purslane, Romaine lettuce _ feta salad for the table
    •••••
    Lemon sponge, kaymak honey, ginger poached peaches _ caramelised rosemary filo shards
    Tickets
    The ticket price will be deducted from your bill.  Follow this link to the tickets booking page http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/6339239837
  • James Lowe at The Rooftop Cafe

    20th - 22nd April - The Exchange continues it's series of guest chef supper clubs with James Lowe and Alex Whyte.
    James Lowe                              
    During his career James has cooked at The River Café, La Trompette, The Fat Duck and St John Bread _ Wine in the UK, as well as internationally at Wd50 and Blue Hill in New York, and the ground breaking Noma in Denmark. Most recently he has been cooking as part of the Young Turks, which he co-founded. He has spent the last seven years searching for the best British farmers, producers and ingredients on a quest to share his passion for British cooking. We're really excited to have James showing off the best of British ingredients at The Rooftop Cafe.
    Tutto Wines
    Alex Whyte and Damiano Fiamma startedTutto Wines to share with London the wines of Italy they love to drink. These are wines from growers who have a respect for the grape, the land and winemaking traditions. From the delicate alpine Nebbiolo of Valtellina, to Marsala's thewy, salty Grillo. Grapes and places you may not have heard of that produce thrilling wines. They travel to Italy regularly to seek out wines of balance, grace and most of all drinkability. Wines that speak of where they are from and complement the food on the table. Tutto Wines supply a number of London's top restaurants including the Rooftop Cafe and we're thrilled to taste what rarities these guys have in store.
  • In conversation with Theodore Zeldin

    April 5th We kick off our first season of events with celebrated English Philosopher and Historian Theodore Zeldin. We'll be using the menu of conversation format  , first developed by Theodore at Oxford Muse, to explore the future of work and consumerism. This comes off the back of Theodore's most recent project - turning an IKEA store into a cultural centre.  
    Alongside the menu of conversation we'll be serving simple sharing plates in The Rooftop Cafe, priced at £5 per head for three courses.
  • Guest Chef - Morgan Meunier

    Wednesday 20th March sees The Exchange launch its series of guest chef supper clubs with acclaimed French chef Morgan Meunier.
    Morgan has an impressive CV. Starting his career in 1992 with Michelin starred Patrick Guenon at L'Eau Sauvage in Bonneville, France, Meunier went on to train with a fist full of legendary 3 Michelin-starred chefs including Michel Guérard.
    We're delighted to have tempted Morgan away from his eponymous Morgan M restaurant to begin a series of events at The Rooftop Cafe showcasing the best of London's chefs and producers.
    Purchase your tickets here.
  • Year Here Launches

    The inaugural Year Here fellowship officially launched this week at 10 Downing Street. Bringing together a group of young, compassionate and ambitious people, the scheme aims to encourage the next generation of social leaders to have the frontline insight and professional skill-set needed to succeed.
    The fellows began their Bootcamp Week right here at The Exchange getting a chance to meet some of the members here including Mindapples, the Social Stock Exchange and Sam Aldenton - also an advisor for Year Here
  • Hunters and Gatherers

    Monday 4th March sees the return of 51 Degrees to The Rooftop Café to present a night of locally-sourced food and drink. A glass of English sparkling rosé wine on arrival, courtesy of Naked Wines, will give way to a succession of taster courses conjured up by Shaun O'Rourke, Head Chef at the Bib Gourmand-winning Princess of Shoreditch. Featuring British ingredients, as diverse as Essex saffron and Cornish seafood, as well as a cheese tasting from Greenwich-based mongers, Cheeseboard, the night promises to be a hearty celebration of British produce.
  • Finance Matters - Impact Investment Partners

    On Thursday February 21, Jay Barrymore, co-founder and Managing Director of Impact Investment Partners (“IIP”), will kick off our series of 2013 Happy Hours.  Join us for what should be an interesting discussion about investing for both commercial and social return, and transitioning from traditional finance to impact investing. IIP specialises in critical service sectors in emerging markets, seeking to deliver significant capital growth alongside demonstrable impact.
  • SMÖRGÅSBORD

    On January 28th, 51 Degrees will present Smörgåsbord at The Rooftop Café. A succession of unique Nordic-themed taster courses provided by Andrei Lesment, head chef at Verru  that promises “cuisine you have never before experienced in London” - matched with cocktails by Nordic Bar, canapés by The Nordic Bakery, and a selection of the region’s ales for an evening of complete gastronomy. Places are limited, please book in advance here.
  • British Council Japan and Volans

    On Friday, December 7, the British Council Japan and Volans hosted a networking evening at the Rooftop Café. The event introduced Japanese business professionals to social innovation practitioners in the UK, in order to share insights and build partnerships globally. After a week of travelling across London and Oxford - visiting social enterprises, academic institutes, collaborative hubs and businesses – there was no more fitting place to close out the week than The Exchange.
  • Centre for London

    We're happy to announce the arrival of some new members at The Exchange - The Centre for London, headed up by Ben Rogers.  works to promote a wider understanding of the challenges facing London, and to develop long term, rigorous and radical policy solutions for the capital. For more information visit their website.
  • Dr Cato Design

    After a few iterations we have finalised the design for the chairs in The Rooftop Cafe.  Initially the plan was to use PVC vinyl cord but difficulties with supply and range of colours meant an alternative cord was needed.  We then died the cord in a range of complementary colours.
  • Table and chair

  • Work starts on The Rooftop Cafe

    So contruction started on The Rooftop Cafe.  First things first and that's knock out all of the walls.  Once we're back to the shell then the real work starts - new beam work to hold up the roof, structural support for the outside garden and then the obvious stuff like kitchen, toilets and furniture.
    We've worked out that It will be about a four week build program (give or take a major set back or two) so we're hoping to be open by mid-September.
    We will if course keep you up to date.  The best place to follow our progress is here...
  • Furniture prototype

    We started work on our chair prototype.  With a hint of the classic Acapulco chair and a touch of an updated style about it.