Last month, volunteers in Notting Hill handed out tea, biscuits and community spirit on Portobello Road for Operation Cup of Tea. It was the community's response to the London riots in August. Following its success, Operation Cup of Tea is returning again to the borough - this time to King's Road.
Operation Cup of Tea Part 2 will be held this Saturday 10 September on Duke of York Square, where volunteers, local shops and businesses will be serving tea and biscuits from 10am until 4pm. Partridges will be providing the tables and hot water, while department store Peter Jones will be donating tea and biscuits. And together with the farmer's market, it already looks set to be a fun and successful day.
Operation Cup of Tea is a nationwide response to the English riots that affected many cities which including Birmingham and Bristol. It is where communities support and renew ties with residents and local businesses.
Kirsty Palmer, chief executive of Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea and organiser of Notting Hill's Operation Cup of Tea, told kingsroad.co.uk: "We think that we need to be proactive about encouraging people to meet their neighbours and get to know their communities in the hope that we can stop any future riots taking place.
"We need to increase people’s sense of belonging and place so that they aren’t tempted to destroy it. Operation Cup of Tea clearly can’t be the solution to deep-seated problems, but we think it’s a fun, easy way to bring people together, and it’s also proving to be a great way to get local businesses involved in their communities."
If you want to volunteer or donate, tweet Kirsty Palmer.
Watch a clip of Operation Cup of Tea in Notting Hill.
Operation Cup of Tea 10 September 10am- 4pm | Duke of York Square, King's Road, Chelsea London SW3