Met Food: Cafes on campus

A pop-up food stall at Holloway Courtyard with customers and other people sitting at a table

A new cafe will be opening in the Blue Met Lounge at Holloway on 31 January, with opening hours of 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday. The menu will include coffee, paninis, pastries, grab and go salads, sandwiches, soft drinks and delicious healthy smoothies. Hope to see you there.

There are exciting times ahead for food on campus, and we’d like to let you know what we are up to. Previously our catering services had been provided by Chartwells, part of the Compass group. Chartwells finished with us on 30 June 2021 and we are embarking on a short term contract for up to two years with an exciting new provider. We are now pleased to announce that this provider is Gather & Gather. More details to come on how they will be making our food on campus fresh, tasty and affordable.

Our Catering Working Group, made up of staff and students, has been meeting since April 2021 to discuss our needs and you can complete our survey to give your opinions on our catering needs

We want to do something different. We want to review our facilities and make positive changes to improve the service for students, staff and visitors. We also want to consider the changes COVID has made to all our lives, and how it has affected our eating habits. 

The Junction is re-opening at Holloway Road (first Floor Tower Building) at 8am on 24 January, serving great coffee, bakery, light bites and grab and go sandwiches, salads, baked potates, soups and pies.  From 31 January, The Junction will be open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday (subject to change).

The Atrium café at Aldgate is reopening from 8am on 24 January serving great coffee, bakery, light bites and grab and go. From 31 January, the café opening hours will be be extended to: 8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (subject to change).

During 2022 and 2023, working with Gather & Gather, we plan to further develop menus, flavours and styles of service to create a new catering strategy that will take us into a new long term contract tender. We need your input and feedback to make this work. Fill in the survey, or contact Elizabeth McGowan, Head of Events, Hospitality & Business Services about joining the Catering Working Group (

There will be some great pop-up food stalls in the outer courtyard at Holloway campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays Come and experience The Duck Shed, with their British duck wraps and vegan options, and The Bulgogi Bowl with their Korean bulgogi beef rib and fried chicken. And much more! Come and try out some new flavours and let us know what you think

Previously our contract caterer Chartwells provided a hospitality service for staff meetings and University events. If you have an event that requires catering please contact The Hospitality service will resume in a new form in January 2022. if you are someone who uses it please consider joining the Catering Working Group and shape its future! 

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