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List Of Local Shops Open For Business

April 1, 2020
by the gentle author

Samuel Stores by John Allin, 1975

Each Wednesday, I shall be publishing the list of stalwarts that remain open locally. Readers are especially encouraged to support small independent businesses who offer an invaluable service to the community. This list confirms that it is possible to source all essential supplies locally without recourse to supermarkets.

Be advised many shops are operating revised opening hours at present, so I recommend you call in advance to avoid risking a wasted journey. Please send any additions or amendments for next week’s list to


Wentworth St by John Allin


Ali’s Mini Superstore, 50d Greatorex St
AM2PM, 210 Brick Lane
As Nature Intended, 132 Commercial St
The Butchery Ltd, 6a Lamb St (Open Thursdays only)
Banglatown Cash & Carry, 67 Hanbury St
Brick Lane Minimarket, 100 Brick Lane
City Supermarket, 10 Quaker St
Costprice Minimarket, 41 Brick Lane
Faizah Minimarket, 2 Old Montague St
JB Foodstore, 97 Brick Lane
Leila’s Shop, 17 Calvert Avenue (Call 0207 729 9789 between 10am-noon on Tuesday-Saturdays to place your order and collect on the same day from 2pm-4pm)
Nisa Local, 92 Whitechapel High St
Nude Expresso, The Roastery, 25 Hanbury St (For sale of coffee beans only)
Pavilion Bakery, 130 Columbia Rd
Planet Organic, 10 Devonshire Sq
Sylhet Sweet Shop, 109 Hanbury St
Taj Stores, 112 Brick Lane
Zaman Brothers, Fish & Meat Bazaar, 19 Brick Lane


Whitechapel Rd by John Allin


Absurd Bird Fried Chicken, 54 Commercial St
Albadam Fried Chicken, 37 Brick Lane
Beigel Bake, 159 Brick Lane
Beigel Shop, 155 Brick Lane
Big Moe’s Diner, 95 Whitechapel High St
Burro E Salvia Pastificio, 52 Redchurch St
China Feng, 43 Commercial St
Enso Thai & Japanese, 94 Brick Lane
Holy Shot Coffee, 155 Bethnal Green Rd
Leon, 3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields Market
E. Pellicci, 332 Bethnal Green Rd
Peter’s Cafe, 73 Aldgate High St
Picky Wops Vegan Pizza, 53 Brick Lane
Shawarma Lebanese, 84 Brick Lane
Stingray Globe Cafe, 109 Columbia Road
Sushi Show, 136 Bethnal Green Rd


Fashion St by John Allin


Boots the Chemist, 200 Bishopsgate
Brick Lane Bikes, 118 Bethnal Green Rd
Brick Lane Off Licence, 114 Brick Lane
Day Lewis Pharmacy, 14 Old Montague St
Leyland Hardware, 2-4 Great Eastern St
Post Office, 160a Brick Lane


City Clean Dry Cleaners, 4a Cherry Tree Walk, Whitecross St
Hackney Essentials, 235 Victoria Park Rd
Quality Dry Cleaners, 16a White Church Lane
Region Choice Chemist, 68 Cambridge Heath Rd
Thompsons DIY, 442-444 Roman Rd


Brick Lane by John Allin

13 Responses leave one →
  1. April 1, 2020

    The shop is closed but we can post out any books from stock.

  2. April 1, 2020

    Local shops provide many with a lifeline. Before we closed the doors of our bookshop an elderly customer told me in disbelief that both our pharmacist here in South End Green and our newsagent had offered to hand deliver whatever she needed. She has lived here for thirty years and the kindness of local people means everything- she said just knowing the offer was there is a comfort.

  3. Jill Wilson permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Good idea GA!

    And it would be great if one of the good things that comes out of this crisis is that people revert back to using local shops more. Our local village store (run by community volunteers) has been brilliant over the last couple of weeks and always has a cheery message on a blackboard outside to keep our spirits up (although it has had to end with “No Loo Rolls!”)

  4. Chris Webb permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Nice to see the two Brick Lane beigel shops are open. I have had many debates about which is better!
    Cecil Gee in Whitechapel? What a surprise.
    I am guessing the bollards in Gun St are real gun barrels.

  5. Helen permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Holy Shot Coffee! What a great name for a shop! And what lovely paintings. Thank you Gentle Author for keeping us informed and entertained in these strange times. All the best to you and Schrodinger.

  6. April 1, 2020

    Great service. Thanks. And echo your sentiment of trying to support local shops.

  7. Barbara permalink
    April 1, 2020

    You are brilliant , Gentle Author !

  8. Rachel permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Thank you for this…coming in to work in school tomorrow, good to know some shops are open xx

  9. Mary permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Great idea GA! You truly are a stalwart of your community.
    Yes, we should all be trying to support our small independent businesses at the moment wherever in the world we call home.
    It worries me greatly that many of our remaining independent booksellers will fail to reopen when we emerge from this pandemic. Hopefully, at present, people will be reading more and will be ordering from them.

  10. Saba permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Hello GA, I do love your blog and never miss it. But one request for something that I would find valuable and perhaps your other readers might as well. PLEASE name the medium of the paintings, size would also be helpful. These paintings look like watercolor, but could be gouache, oil, or even colored pencil. They could be small, even done at the kitchen table, or rather large. I would like to know more.

  11. Adele permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Great service to those living in the East End, and always a great enjoyment seeing John Allin’s paintings. I’m sure he would be thrilled they are being used in such a manner. Thanks GA and stay safe!

  12. Tim permalink
    April 1, 2020

    Regions Choice Chemist Cambridge Heath Road next to Cephas St
    Never hear a bad word about the lovely owner who does a lot to help people all the time not just in this crisis.
    And also another who are already listed are Pellicis who are always helping those less fortunate without blowing their own trumpets.

  13. paul loften permalink
    April 1, 2020

    I noticed the ad for R, Whites Lemonade outside the shop in Gun Street. We always enjoyed a cold glass of Corona lemonade when I was a boy. What a stroke of luck that brand disappeared.!

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