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List of Local Shops Open For Business

April 15, 2020
by the gentle author

Corner Shop, Canning Town, 1994 by Doreen Fletcher

Every Wednesday, I shall be publishing the up to date list of stalwarts that remain open in Spitalfields. 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


Leslies, Turners Rd, Stepney, 1983 by Doreen Fletcher


The Albion, 2/4 Boundary St
Ali’s Mini Superstore, 50d Greatorex St
AM2PM, 210 Brick Lane
As Nature Intended, 132 Commercial St
Banglatown Cash & Carry, 67 Hanbury St
Brick Lane Minimarket, 100 Brick Lane
The Butchery Ltd, 6a Lamb St (Open Thursdays only)
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)
The Melusine Fish Shop, St Katharine Docks
Nisa Local, 92 Whitechapel High St
Nude Expresso, The Roastery, 25 Hanbury St (For sale of coffee beans only)
Pavilion Bakery, 130 Columbia Rd
Spitalfields City Farm, Buxton St (Order through website)
Sylhet Sweet Shop, 109 Hanbury St
Taj Stores, 112 Brick Lane
Zaman Brothers, Fish & Meat Bazaar, 19 Brick Lane


Terminus Restaurant, Mile End, 1985 by Doreen Fletcher


Absurd Bird Fried Chicken, 54 Commercial St
Al Badam Fried Chicken, 37 Brick Lane
Band of Burgers, 22 Osborn St
Beef & Birds, Brick Lane
Beigel Bake, 159 Brick Lane
Beigel Shop, 155 Brick Lane
Bengal Village, 75 Brick Lane
Big Moe’s Diner, 95 Whitechapel High St
Burro E Salvia Pastificio, 52 Redchurch St
China Feng, 43 Commercial St
Eastern Eye Balti House, 63a Brick Lane
Enso Thai & Japanese, 94 Brick Lane
Holy Shot Coffee, 155 Bethnal Green Rd
Jonestown Coffee 215 Bethnal Green Rd
La Cucina, 96 Brick Lane
Leon, 3 Crispin Place, Spitalfields Market
E. Pellicci, 332 Bethnal Green Rd
Pepe’s Peri Peri, 82 Brick Lane
Peter’s Cafe, 73 Aldgate High St
Picky Wops Vegan Pizza, 53 Brick Lane
Quaker St Cafe, 10 Quaker St
Rosa’s Thai Cafe, 12 Hanbury St
Shawarma Lebanese, 84 Brick Lane
String Ray Globe Cafe, 109 Columbia Road
Sushi Show, 136 Bethnal Green Rd
Vegan Yes, Italian & Thai Fusion, 64 Brick Lane
Yuriko Sushi & Bento, 48 Brick Lane


Fishmongers, Commercial Rd, 2003 by Doreen Fletcher


Boots the Chemist, 200 Bishopsgate
Brick Lane Bookshop, 166 Brick Lane (Books ordered by phone or email are delivered free locally)
Brick Lane Bikes, 118 Bethnal Green Rd
Brick Lane Off Licence, 114/116 Brick Lane
Day Lewis Pharmacy, 14 Old Montague St
GH Cityprint, 58-60 Middlesex St
Leyland Hardware, 2-4 Great Eastern St
Post Office, 160a Brick Lane


Launderette, Ben Jonson Rd, Bow, 2003 by Doreen Fletcher


City Clean Dry Cleaners, 4a Cherry Tree Walk, Whitecross St
Hackney Essentials, 235 Victoria Park Rd
Quality Dry Cleaners, 16a White Church Lane
Newham Books, 747 Barking Rd (Books ordered by phone or email are posted out)
Region Choice Chemist, 68 Cambridge Heath Rd
Symposium Italian Restaurant, 363 Roman Road (Take away service available)
Thompsons DIY, 442-444 Roman Rd


Sheldon’s Dress Shop, Knutton, 1982 by Doreen Fletcher

7 Responses leave one →
  1. Tanya permalink
    April 15, 2020

    Hi there,
    Just to let you lnow that Spitalfields farm is still producing fresh provisions for sale. These can be ordered via the website and collected at the farm.
    Fresh cut greens, farm laid eggs, some plants etc

  2. April 15, 2020

    On top of common-sense usefulness, what our G-A has done is, to me, kinda touching, warm and friendly, supportive and supporting of his (clearly-loved) community.

    What’s heartbreaking to me, is that these are all, all 60! of these are the small businesses that make life in some neighborhoods a joy.

    And all are run by sturdy, mostly friendly folk, much behind the scenes, ones who rarely cut a f&$%ing break.

    Bless them all. And the G-A too.

  3. Chris Webb permalink
    April 15, 2020

    I love the paintings.

  4. David Ellison permalink
    April 15, 2020

    Just to let you know how much I enjoy getting your emails, coming from an East End family many years ago, I’m now retired and settled in Australia, I got to know about you whilst in London last year through a friend.
    I wish all of you a healthy and successful future!
    Stay safe

  5. Carl Jepson permalink
    April 15, 2020

    Top work guys.
    Lovely series of pictures to accompany the good work too

  6. April 15, 2020

    GA, you’re provided a dual service. Not only listing the intrepid businesses, but also shining a light on Ms. Fletcher’s paintings. To me, they depict the familiarity and fondness for Home that we
    are all giving such deep thought to right now. Home is our refuge.

    Finding gratitude and optimism whenever and wherever we can,
    Onward and upward.

  7. Amanda permalink
    April 15, 2020

    Top marks GA for compiling such a detailed list to help your community.

    Deliveries of food have been very, very difficult in rural areas.

    Your innovation inspired me to collate the handful of my local suppliers and pass them on to our Community Hub who are emailing all who must not go out, together with contact details of brave volunteer shoppers.

    Not nearly as good as yours, but my discoveries span the spectrum of all dietary needs :
    Deli, Fish, Butcher, Farm Shop eggs, plants & vegetables.

    Sadly for me, no hardware but l’m having fun adapting the use of anything to hand. My wardrobe door is a now potting shed table and l’m growing seedlings in half an egg shell full of compost resting in their boxes

    Doreen Fletcher’s art provides real nostalgia from when l actually called on those convivial corner shops, supplying the everyday provisions within.
    It was rarer back then to see a female travelling sales person, especially in the huge East End wholesalers.

    Could l ever have imagined in the 80s, that l myself would experience rationing and shortages, mainly due to other’s greed, on top of the pandemonium.

    l covered a very special territory :
    the West End, East End, the City and the Isle of Dogs.
    Full of history, full of hilarious characters (some dodgy ones ?) and full of traffic.

    The fellow Londoners l encountered every day and their storytelling & wisecracks made those happy decades special and memorable for always.

    . Knowing that a proper food delivery is coming on Sunday at last, l can relax and read or garden.

    l pray for everyone everywhere

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