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Hackney Lunch Clubs

A lunch club service that decreases social isolation and promotes the health and wellbeing of older people in Hackney. All aged 55+ are welcome to attend the lunch clubs.

Hackney Lunch Clubs serve the diverse communities in Hackney by providing lunches and reducing isolation and loneliness for older people by providing leisure and health activities, regular meeting places and opportunities to make new friends.

Whilst some Hackney Lunch Clubs are tailored to meet the needs of specific BAME communities. All lunch clubs are open to Hackney residents aged 55 and over, irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, faith or religion, and residents are free to choose whichever club they feel best meets their individual needs.

All lunch clubs hope to achieve outcomes that improve health and wellbeing by:

  • Reducing the number of older people becoming isolated and socially excluded
  • Empowering individuals to influence the design and delivery of the service they receive
  • Improving individuals’ quality of life
  • Ensuring Lunch Club services are accessible to disadvantaged groups including people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

Hackney’s lunch clubs provide:

  • Healthy, filling and nutritious lunches. Most clubs charge a small fee – under £5. 
  • Social activities such as playing cards, mahjong and dominoes
  • The opportunity to take part in local outings
  • Longer trips, for example to the seaside.

Hackney Lunch Clubs Network Impact Report 2021
The report includes a satisfaction survey of 479 members and highlights the crucial role the lunch clubs play in supporting older people in Hackney, and how much they are valued by their members.

Hackney Lunch Clubs Impact Report 2021

There are lunch clubs at venues across the borough. Please contact the relevant lunch club directly if you are interested in joining. 

An Viet Foundation c/o Hackney Chinese Community Services
28-32 Ellingfort Road, London, E8 3PA.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9.30am to 4.30pm
020 8986 6171

VLC – Centre 151
151 Whiston Road, London, E2 8GU
Wednesday, Saturday – 10.30am to 1.00pm
020 7739 3650

Chats Lunch Club
99 Chatsworth Road, London E5 0LH
Thursday – 11.00am to 4.00pm
07852 572 096

Hackney Caribbean Elderly Organisation
39 Leswin Road, London N16 7NX
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 10.30am to 3.30pm
020 7923 3536

Hackney Chinese Community Services
28-32 Ellingfort Road, London E8 3PA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9.30 to 4.30pm
020 8986 6171

Hackney Cypriot Association
5 Balls Pond Road, London, N1 4AX
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday – 9.00am to 5.00pm
020 7254 7920

Turkish, Kurdish
31-33 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3DF
Monday, Wednesday – 12.00pm to 3.00pm
020 7249 6980

Holly Street Luncheon Club
331 Queensbridge Road, London E8 3LA
Monday, Wednesday, Friday – 9.00am to 2.00pm
020 7923 1282

Hot Line Meals Lunch Club
Jewish (Kosher)
Schonfeld Square Care Home, N16 0QQ
Sunday to Thursday (for residents of Schonfeld Square only)

19 Olympus Square, Nightingale Estate, London, E5 8DS
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday – 9.30am to 1.30pm
020 8985 1309

North London Muslim Community Centre
Muslim, South Asian
66-68 Cazenove Road, London, N16 6AA
Tuesday – 2pm for women, Wednesday – 2pm for men.
020 8806 1147 ext 4

Salvation Army Cambridge Heath
70 Mare Street, London E8 4RT
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.
020 8985 4410

Lunch Up – Woodberry Down
Kayani Ave, Woodberry Down, London N4 2HF
Tuesday, Saturday – 12.30pm to 2.00pm.
020 8802 7580, 07804693461

You can download the list of lunch clubs here.

For general information about the lunch club programme please contact Rachel.

Hackney CVS manages the contract for Hackney’s Lunch Clubs for Hackney Council.

Hackney has a number of lunch clubs that are not part of the contract for Hackney’s Lunch Clubs.

See below for details.


Gascoyne 1 Lunch Club
Gascoyne One Community Centre, Gascoyne Road, Hackney Wick, London,  E9 7FA.
020 4547 7328.

Doors open at noon and meal is at 1pm. Finishes at 2.30pm.

The three-course meal is free. This is a drop-in Lunch Club.




"The lunch clubs are a very good place to have a nice lunch and to get out and meet people"

Priscilla Bell