SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has been awarded a seven year contract extension at London City Airport, which will see the opening of brand-new concepts. The deal comes as part of a £12 million upgrade of the Departure Lounge which includes a revamp to the F&B offer with the aim of providing the modern traveller with unique, local culinary experiences.

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. Dishes will include the ‘City Boys’ all-day breakfast, ‘Notting Hill’ jerk chicken, and ‘the best of Brick Lane’ chicken tikka masala. Some of the city’s most outstanding beers, spirits and wines will also be available.

A hybrid of city pub dining and the modern London brasserie, Hithes is designed to reflect London’s fusion of lively city bustle and understated elegance. Design flourishes include sparkling mirrors and a mural depicting scenes of London food markets by English artist, Edward Bawden.

Appealing at every day-part, a Juniper & Co will offer guests an ‘accessibly exclusive’ F&B experience, with a menu of classically British and specialty food items, with a focus on local provenance throughout. Menu highlights include the Juniper Burger with fondue Sussex Charmer cheese, and 'Foremans' London cured smoked salmon and free range poached eggs on Paul Rhodes English muffins. An extensive drinks menu will spotlight local craft gins and vintages, as well as a selection of locally-brewed beers. The bar, with its elegant marble-finish and contemporary brass gantry is a focal-point. Modern seating options from high stools to armchairs will suit all travellers’ moods and requirements.

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 renowned London City brand, Extract Coffee Roasters. In line with SSP’s sustainability commitments, Soul & Grain also uses local suppliers for ingredients and recyclable packaging wherever possible.

Kari Daniels, CEO SSP UK & Ireland said; “SSP has a long-standing relationship with London City Airport, spanning 20 years. 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.”

London City Airport Chief Executive Officer, Robert Sinclair, said: “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.”