Elder Press Cafe Wins Environmental Award

Judges describe it as 'a great asset to Black Lion Lane'

Lindsay Elder of Elder Press Cafe receiving the award
Lindsay Elder of Elder Press Cafe receiving the award with Nick Bridges of Bridges Associates

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The Elder Press Cafe in South Black Lion Lane has been presented with a prestigious environmental award by the Hammersmith Society.

Lindsay and Andrew Elder received The Nancye Goulden Award, which is given annually to smaller local schemes which have benefited our environment, from Hammersmith & Fulham’s new Mayor, Cllr Emma Apthorp at the society’s 60th Anniversary Awards and AGM.

Chef Lindsay established the popular community cafe in 2019 on a site close to the Thames formerly used by building merchants to create “a hub for gatherings, chat, good coffee and tasty treats”.

The Hammersmith Society’s judges said, “ This conversion has been carried out with unusual care and sensitivity – the shop window is retained to bring life and light which animates this little street and the builder’s yard is brought back to life as an outside seating area with fine new timber gates thrown open during the day.

“This is a great asset to Black Lion Lane."

The Elder Press Cafe on South Black Lion Lane
The Elder Press Cafe on South Black Lion Lane

Lindsay Elder said, " ”We were extremely honoured to be given this award by The Hammersmith Society. We are constantly inspired by our local community and wanted to create a hub for gatherings, chat, good food and coffee that respected the rich creative history of our neighbourhood.

"We put a lot of time and effort into making sure our cafe only enhanced this little street by bringing it back to life whilst making sure we respected the local residents and heritage of this very special and unique part of London."

The outside area of the Elder Press Cafe
The outside area of the Elder Press Cafe

There was less welcome news for H&F Council at the awards, which were held at Latymer Upper School on 22 June. They were handed Wooden Spoons, given to eyesores or projects that just got it all wrong, for neglecting trees and for the way they have implemented Cycleway C9.

Two projects in Shepherd's Bush were also recognised at the ceremony. The society’s Jane Mercer Award was given to The Green Project, run by a group of independent residents with a love for gardening and community spirit.

You can read more about the society and its awards on its website.


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July 5, 2022


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