How to get a free lunch - and see London landmarks recreated in food sculpture

08:03 29 May 2012

Food artist Carl Warner

Food artist Carl Warner's sculpture of famous London landmarks

Archant

The government may have performed a U-turn on its pasty tax plan, but there is an even better lunchtime gift for Londoners today.

In a public relation charm offensive, Barclaycard is dispelling the myth that there is no such thing a free lunch.

More than 10,000 Londoners will be treated to an impromptu free lunch today to mark the launch of Barclaycard PayTag, a new contactless way to pay.

The Lunch On Us event will see a 140-strong PayTag team around major locations such as Canary Wharf, Liverpool Street and Oxford Circus waiting to surprise people with the invitation to buy their lunch with a quick tap of a PayTag attached to the teams’ mobile phones.

Katherine Whitton, consumer marketing director at Barclaycard, said: “Offering 10,000 Londoners the chance to enjoy a free lunch on us is the perfect way to show just how easy PayTag is to use.”

To help promote the lunch offer, food artist Carl Warner recreated some of London’s most famous monuments - The Gherkin, The Shard, The Olympic Stadium and Big Ben - made entirely from everyday foods.

It took five men 40 hours to create the structures using 20kg of sea bass, 200 green beans, 140 cocktail sausages, 12 melons, 2 bags of pretzels and 12 cheese triangles.

No food was wasted in the construction as all the ingredients used in the sculpture were either past their sell-by-date or not suitable for human consumption.

Latest Stories

7 minutes ago
The Eid al-Fitr party in Trafalgar Square promises to be fun, fantastic, and free! (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Check out our five-minute guide to celebrating the end of Ramadan in London.

Read more
This version of the classic London Underground map shows the West Bank, the territory that Israel and Palestine have been fighting over for decades [Photo from Imgur, creator unknown]

This is the Underground map as you’ve never seen it before. This version purports to show the tunnels under the Gaza blockade that Hamas members are using to get supplies into Palestinian territory - and send parties of fighters into Israel.

Read more
09:06
CCTV of Jeffrey Okafor at Heathrow

A £10,000 reward is being offered for information about Jeffrey Okafor, who fled England after murdering DJ Carl Beatson Asiedu in Vauxhall, police believe.

Read more

Quirky London

Quizzes

But which London?! [Photo courtesy of Basher Eyre]

Yoou might know London like the back of your hand, but how well do you know the other Londons - and London landmarks - across the world?

Read more
The prize is glory (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

It used to be Manhattan that was famous for its majestic skyline, but now our fair city is catching up. Do you know your Shard from your Heron Tower?

Read more
Test your London musical knowledge with our album quiz (Images via Getty)

Does your music knowledge stretch from The Rolling Stones to Rudimental, Spandau Ballet to Siouxsie and the Banshees? If so then test it out with our London bands quiz:

Read more