Dark Kitchens in London and the Takeaway Boom

Dark Kitchens in London and the Takeaway Boom

A dark kitchen is otherwise known as a ghost kitchen, cloud kitchen or shadow kitchen. A kitchen of this type is attended by professional cooks who prepare meals for either a virtual restaurant or a restaurant needing overflow from shipping containers, empty rooms or retail spaces. Meals are then collected by services such as Just Eat and Uber to be delivered to customers as a takeaway.

Ghost kitchens have become very popular across London as the need for quick & convenient food delivery continues on an upward trend. All of this aligns with ever changing consumer behaviours and increased cuisine diversity.

It is possible for one or more restaurants to rent the same dark kitchen, so a wide variety of different menu items can be cooked to suit different businesses and different brands at any one time. Fan Services will help you to plan, design, install or repair your ghost kitchen.

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Ghost Kitchen Shipping Container Rental in London

Since the first Covid lockdown happened in the UK, restaurants in London (not accounting for other locations across the UK) sell in excess of an incredible 890,000 extra meals each week. During lockdown a lot of food businesses were forced to take food delivery online, and dark kitchen outlets in London increased by around 40% as a result.

London currently has at least nine dark kitchen locations. Those locations include Whitechapel and Islington, and just these two make up nearly 66% of those dark kitchens.

The interest is definitely there, so the commercial food industry has seen a boom. This is despite some physical bricks and mortar restaurants having to close down for long periods of time. The name of the game was to adapt in order to keep food businesses profitable or to at least break even. So here we are over a year on since the last lockdown. But where does the restaurant and food service industry stand, and how might it have changed?

Food delivery & Ghost Kitchen Repair and Installation is in more demand than ever..

  • It is easy to order from a mobile phone or a mobile device
  • Orders can be tracked using mobile apps
  • Customers are younger
  • High quality food is readily available, and it is delivered quickly

Restaurants partner up with online delivery services which are easily accessible.  Couriers are at the ready to deliver orders not just locally but also in more harder to reach isolated areas.


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Do Dark Kitchens Have a Future for Restaurants in London?

Fast food consumers now have more choice than ever. The business costs of waiting staff and other overheads are drastically reduced in comparison to a traditional restaurant set up.

If dark kitchens continue to grow in popularity, the ways people dine during their leisure time will no doubt change. It is worth noting in comparison, that growth of ghost kitchens in the North of England was greater than in London during lockdown. However, the uptake of dark kitchen services didn’t always show an increase. In fact, more broadly in different areas of the UK, there hasn’t been a big need to create dark kitchens, so it remains to be seen whether dark kitchen popularity will extend to other UK regions.

Dark Kitchen Delivery Infrastructure

Delivery infrastructure adapts to customer behaviour. Customer purchase data plays a key part when deciding which partner restaurants to select, when trying to expand ghost kitchen reach.

As mentioned previously, Just Eat, Deliveroo and Uber Eats are very close competitors. As of today, Uber Eats has no plans to create an empire of dark kitchens, where Deliveroo already plays a key role in the commercial dark kitchen space. There are similar UK companies, such as Food Stars, but they market their own services to find independent start ups and restaurants to rent dark kitchens to.

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Ghost Kitchens – What’s Next? Fan Services Fixes Them When They Break down.

The approach and concept of takeaway food changed during lockdown, when restaurants and cafes were told to close their doors. Closing restaurant doors was tough but legally for public health purposes, businesses had no choice but to comply.

Is the growth of dark kitchens destroying restaurant culture?

From initial research, there is no suggestion at all at this point that demand to eat locally on the high street will suddenly drop. Only time will tell us more. Indeed, restaurants are using ghost kitchens to their advantage but a shadow kitchen isn’t controlled by restaurants ,so rules and terms of service can quickly change.

Investing in and owning a satellite kitchen, is something you can consider, instead of paying outsourcing fees to use one. It is nevertheless a costly step and carries a lot of additional risks.

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Ghost kitchens can be noisy when they are being used, so can extra traffic on the roads from couriers. Mostly, they are located within a shipping container in the middle of nowhere or in non residential areas. However, residents living near to one have register complaints to their local Councils even in London.

After weighing up pros and cons, it is evident that by providing an extra layer of service for customers and the restauranteur, a popular restaurant can be quickly established.

Dark Kitchens Need to be Designed, Repaired, Installed and Maintained.

All professional kitchens require attention, updating and maintaining from time to time and dark kitchens are no different.

Fan Services Ltd London offers a full range of dark kitchen services services across London including City of London, Inner London and Outer London.

If you are in need of a quality repairs, installations and maintenance let us know,  Fan Services Ltd is a leading supply & install provider in london for canopies, extractor fans and whole systems. Fan Services is your all-round repair expert when it comes to keeping commercial kitchens up and running across London.

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Fan Services Ltd – We’re Located in London

Way before the first lockdown in England, Fan Services established itself as a quick, reliable, affordable and efficient provider for commercial food businesses across London.

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Fan Services has the experience you need. We will get you back up and running in no time. We’re located in London and trusted already by thousands of businesses. Our professional engineers are exceptionally qualified in all aspects of Commercial Kitchen Extraction Systems, Restaurants HVAC and duct cleaning. So you can always put everything in our very safe & capable hands.

We 100% promise you a service you will greatly appreciate.

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Fan Services Ltd helps Dark Kitchens in London. Call 0203 539 1475

  1. Fast Food chains and independents
  2. Restaurants
  3. Pubs
  4. Takeaways
  5. Cafes
  6. Caterers
  7. Industrial
  8. Limited companies and self employed
  9. Sports Event providers
  10. Dark kitchens

If you have had a bad experience with a different extractor fan company we will help – you can rely on Fan Services.

Dark Kitchens – We provide the following services:

Fan Services Ltd is long established and is based in London in the UK. We will get your kitchen up and running quickly!  We provide services for every part of London so let us know what you need. Our Emergency Call Out Service is available 24 hrs a day 7 days a week so we will be there when you need us the most.

Don’t take any short cuts, we know exactly what we are doing – get in touch we’d love to help. You can use our contact form – it’s quick and easy to fill out. Or you can email info@fanservices.co.uk or call our office in London 0203 5391475 / mobile phone 0759 500 3000 to discuss your requirements.