Launching tomorrow, 9 May, at Power Station West in Battersea, is London's first clear air bar, aptly named The Clean Air Bar - designed to help Londoners escape from the choking smog of the city.
With a view to create a relaxing and healthy environment, visitors will be able to sip cocktails based on botanical ingredients to rival the greenery within the space that has been sourced as the most effective at removing toxins from the air. Flora such as golden pothos, Boston fern and rubber plants will be put to work, alongside a 'living garnish wall' which does exactly what it sounds like - providing cocktail ingredients such as basil, mint and rosemary.
Running alongside the drinks menu in collaboration with Ketel One Vodka, is an exclusive menu from BBC One MasterChef 2016 finalists, Billy and Jack, featuring locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. Designed to be shared, dishes include vodka cured sea trout with smoked mayo and house pickles, dead lamb skewers with labneh, dukkah, spiced date sauce, charred spring onion and spring leaves and coronation potato fritters served with coriander salsa, curry mayo, mango and pickled raisins.
In a healthwatching report last summer we looked at the wider issue of Air Pollution, discussing both its impact on the food industry, and the food industry's impact on air pollution, together with identifying wider topics and products that spin off the issue. You can read the full report over on our trendhub here.