Help Support Our Local Community

Love N4 in the time of Corona. How to help our community.

In an effort to help support our local community during this strange, scary time, we’ve collected local tips, updates, offers and precautions being taken by and for local people and businesses across Finsbury Park and Stroud Green during this ‘don’t panic!’ pandemic. This article provides you with information on local businesses, help available locally and how you can help others by buying from small independent businesses, joining local initiatives and donating to local charities.

Staying protected, supporting each other and keeping spirits lifted are key whilst restrictions are still being defined. Here’s our list of highlights from the N4 postcode on loving your local area (from a distance). Let’s make #viralkindness a real world action that trends!

How to use this resource:

This article includes a list of ideas on how to support the local community, followed by a directory of local businesses, charities and organisations detailing if they’re closed or open plus other information such as limited opening hours, delivery services and free coffees for NHS workers! It also includes local groups and charities who are helping those who are vulnerable, worried or self-isolating.

**We’ll do our best to keep this article updated – the most recent update is 04.06.2020. All weekly new entries are marked with the word NEW. **

If any local businesses, groups or people would like us to add their business, organisation or initiative to the following article, or update any of the below information, please contact claire@barefacedstudios.com (Claire runs local design agency Barefaced Studios and is also a Director here at Davies & Davies – it’s her family business founded by Grandma and Grandpa Davies).

(Picture: Mary, owner of MoseyHome on Stroud Green Road)

Suggestions for How You Can Help Our Local Community:

  1. Instead of stockpiling goods from Tesco try to shop at our local independent delis, groceries, bakers, butchers and fishmongers
  2. Buy mother’s day gifts, birthday presents and anti-boredom items for self-isolation from local gift, homeware, wine and clothes shops via their online shops
  3. Order takeaway or delivery for your lunch or dinner from independent restaurants and eateries rather than from big chains
  4. Buy vouchers to send to friends, family or just to use yourself at a later date
  5. Order or collect (from a safe distance) booze from wine shops, craft beer stores and pubs to have at home
  6. Tip a little more generously wherever possible – including your delivery drivers
  7. Shop and order online from local businesses wherever possible and use contactless or online payment methods
  8. Keep using service providers and, wherever possible, use local independent ones such as accountants and laundry services
  9. Carry hand sanitiser in your pocket and use it when you enter and when you exit a local business – make sure to use it on your wrists too
  10. Keep your distance from others in the streets, in shops, in parks and when queuing – 2 metres is the current advice
  11. If you’re getting shopping for your household send just one, healthy and non-vulnerable person
  12. Re-post, share, like and comment on posts from your local businesses – help to promote them to others
  13. Encourage your friends and family to shop local as much as possible
  14. If you feel unwell please do not venture into local shops and businesses
  15. Check out the #viralkindness campaign and help your neighbours by offering your services – whether it’s picking up some shopping or prescriptions for them, or just giving them a friendly call
  16. Join  the Stroud Green Mutual Aid Group (more info below) to join a bunch of friendly locals if you’re feeling isolated, anxious or unwell, or if you want to help those who are
  17. If you are able to, please donate to local causes or offer your services, spare tinned goods or other products to local shelters, food banks and other charitable endeavours – a list of charities can be found below in our directory
  18. Consider whether you could offer your services for free or at discounted prices to individuals and businesses – for example, could you offer heavily discounted accountancy services to local small businesses? Could you work together with other small businesses to promote each others delivery service, or band together to offer special delivery services for self-isolating individuals?
  19. Send this article to friends, family and colleagues living in and around Finsbury Park and Stroud Green – they may benefit from one of the local initiatives below set-up to help anxious and self-isolating people, or they may be inspired to support a local business, or just happy to know that they can order delivery from their favourite local eateries!
  20. Follow local businesses on Instagram and Facebook – show your support one follow at a time and be among the first to hear of any offers and updates

Many local restaurants, alcohol shops, delis and other food shops are offering deliveries straight to your door (where they’ll be careful to leave the delivery on your doorstep and stand a few metres back), they’ve also heightened their cleaning and disinfecting procedures and are asking that customers respect the government advice to stand at least 2 metres away from others if you are queuing in their shops.

Spread love, not germs.

(Picture: Kat, owner of Salt the Radish on Blackstock Road)

Local Directory for Finsbury Park + Stroud Green

Local Restaurants + Coffee Shops

ONLINE DELIVERY AND/OR COLLECTION AVAILABLE:

La Saporita:

Our neighbours La Saporita are open for takeaway and deliveries only – we’d recommend trying their bolognese pizza, we once ordered 10 of these pizzas for a staff party and not one slice was left afterwards. Order via Deliveroo here: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/finsbury-park/la-saporita or via Just Eat here:  https://www.just-eat.co.uk/restaurants-la-saporita-n4/menu?mw-redirected=637205685470596265

Yard Sale Pizza

From the Holy Moly Pepperoni to the Friday Night Full House – Yard Sale’s pizzas are legendary. Available in vegan and gluten free varieties, you can still get your mitts on their pizzas as they are now operating collection and delivery services. They’re currently offering 50% off on pizzas for collection and 25% off for delivery to all NHS staff – just send them a DM them with your ID and they’ll send you a code to use online or show up with your ID for collections. If you order through Yard Sale you can also support other local businesses as you can order beer from Five Points and Beavertown and ice cream from Happy Endings. Yard Sale are offering contact-free delivery, just select the option ‘Door stop drop’ at the checkout. They are now only accepting pre-payments and will only allow two people inside at one time for collection. Give them a follow and keep track of their latest offers and updates here: https://www.instagram.com/yardsalepizza/

Hana Maria:

One of our favourite pizza joints (and one that opens very late!), Hana Maria, will be open for delivery and collection – hooray! https://hanamariapizza.co.uk/london/ 

Pizzeria Pappagone:

A local legend, having been serving up delicious pizza, pasts and gelato for over 20 years, Pappagone is a big part of Stroud Green. To help the community the team at Pappagone sent a load of pizzas to the Whittington Hospital as a kind surprise to say thank you to the amazing staff there. They are also offering 20% to NHS staff on pizza collection. You can order food by phone collect it from the Pappagone hatch by calling 020 7263 2114. Or you can order for delivery online through Uber Eats, Deliveroo and Just Eat. Follow them on Instagram for the latest updates (and mouth watering pics of their food) here: https://www.instagram.com/pizzeriapappagone/

Cafe Mexicali:

If you fancy a break from pizza (we are a neighbourhood of excellent pizza places), then look to Cafe Mexicali on Stroud Green Road. One of our favourite things in the summer is sitting on the outside tables with a huge frozen daiquiri people watching the fine folk of Stroud Green. Whilst we can’t do that for the foreseeable, we can order in their excellent beef burritos and guac. Just head to Uber Eats or Just Eat.

Salvation in Noodles:

If you haven’t tried SIN’s crispy chicken wings then you haven’t lived. Purveyors of Vietnamese and Thai dishes, this noodle shack is open for delivery only from 5pm daily and you can order on Deliveroo here: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/finsbury-park/salvation-in-noodles-blackstock-rd

Pasta Remoli:

Heading back to Italian fare (but not a pizza in sight) we have the amazing Pasta Remoli! They have just launched their new home delivery service and it looks great. Owner, Simon, says: “we have just launched our home delivery service selling fresh pasta, pasta sauces, oil, cheese, meats, wine and much more… We keep everything contactless, with online payments to a delivery direct to your door with our drivers wearing gloves and masks. We deliver in 48 hours. Please check out our website: http://pastaremoli.standard.aws.prop.cm/home-delivery For any queries please contact us at: homedelivery@pastaremoli.co.uk Thank you for your continued support”

Bill the Butcher Burger:

Blackstock Road burger and dirty fries haven Bill the Butcher are open for deliveries on Deliveroo ! You can order on Tuesday to Saturday 5-10pm by clicking here. Follow for more updates (and mouth watering burger pictures) here: https://www.instagram.com/billthebutcherburger/

Blossom White:

Our favourite place to pick up a pink latte, Blossom White on Stroud Green Road, have re-opened their doors for takeaway only. They are accepting card payments only and are open from 8am until 4pm during which hours you can pick up a selection of baked treats, pastries, sandwiches and coffee with vegan and vegetarian options. They are also giving free coffee to NHS workers. Follow them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/blossommwhite/

Dom’s Dough:

Located at the Stroud Green side of Crouch Hill, Dom’s Dough serve excellent pizzas for very affordable prices. We’re big fans of the ‘Bebe’ a white pizza with mozzarella, garlic roasted mushrooms, pancetta topped with fresh pecorino. Cue Homer Simpson style mouth drool. You can order their pizzas, pastas, sides and booze via Deliveroo (and there’s special deals such as the £20 family offer) here: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/crouch-end/doms-dough#

Dotori:

Based in Finsbury Park and offering a twist of Korean and Japanese food, Dotori have now re-opened their doors for collection and Deliveroo! You can order from Tuesday to Sunday 5-9:30pm by calling 0207 263 3562, or by clicking here. Follow for more updates here: https://www.instagram.com/dotori_london/

Salt the Radish:

Purveyors of excellent brunchy lunchy food Salt the Radish have opened their doors once more! Launching with a small summery menu offering  salads, granola, fritters, avocado toast, frittata on Wednesdays to Saturdays 9am to 3pm, and is available via collection and deliveroo: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/green-lanes/salt-the-radish-cafe. You can still buy vouchers from them! For friends or just for future you. You can also buy tote bags, za’atar and dukka jars from them here: http://salttheradish.com/shop.

*UPDATED* Blighty Coffee:

Our favourite British themed eatery are back! With a limited menu available for takeaway only; including fresh sourdough bread, coffee, salads and sandwiches, their opening hours are Monday – Friday 8am-2pm and Saturdays & Sundays 9:30am-2pm. To stay updated you can follow their Instagram account here: www.instagram.com/blightyfinsbury.

*UPDATED* Mento:

Fresh flowers and Marley coffee – heaven. Mento are now taking a few orders for their beautiful flowers. They are now up and running on Tuesday’s 1pm-7pm and Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am-7pm. You can make orders by contacting them via 07944678723 and keep updated by following their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/mentoflowersandcoffee/or check out their website here: https://mento.business.site/ .

*UPDATED* Osteria Tufo:

With their great tasting and authentic Italian cuisine, Osteria Tufo have reopened their doors with a limited menu for delivery and takeaway only. They’ve kindly reduced their prices due to the uncertain situation of the country, and their incredible chef Maria will be taking charge of the kitchen and is more than happy to accept any special request. You can check out their menu via their website here: http://osteriatufo.co.uk/ or you can call them on +44 (0)20 7272 2911 for any special requests. You can also order their food for delivery via Uber Eats here: https://www.ubereats.com/gb/london/food-delivery/osteria-tufo/TQqwB_T6SC6JC7AEW6A_DA

RUNNING A CROWD FUNDING CAMPAIGN:

Common Ground:

#SAVEOURCOMMONGROUND

Thanks to our amazing community, Common Ground have now hit their £20,000 target and are now able to fully focus on their reopening plans! Hoorah! If you’ve ever tried the weekend waffles or the three cheese toasties at Common Ground then you’ll understand why this is a cause close to our hearts (and stomachs). Other things we like to eat at Common Ground… um, everything, so there’s lots to look forward to! We’ll keep this post updated once they announce they’re reopening, but in the meantime you can stay updated by following their Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/commongroundlondon/.

To find out more and to pledge: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/SAVEOURCOMMONGROUND

 

CLOSED FOR NOW:

Max’s Sandwich Shop:

Max has decided to close “until it is safe to emerge as sandwich butterflies once more”

Brick and Olive:

Purveyors of excellent pink lattes and lovely freshly made sandwiches, Brick and Olive, are shutting for now. More info coming asap.

Jai Krishna:

Stroud Green’s finest vegetarian Indian food experts, Jai Krishna, are closed during the current outbreak. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for future updates: https://www.facebook.com/JaiKrishnaRestaurant/

(Picture: Sharon, owner of Mento on Stroud Green Road)

Local Shops, Markets & Delis

OPEN FOR BUSINESS:

The Deli at 80:

Forget stockpiling bog roll and spaghetti at Tesco and head over to the Deli at 80 for French Cheese, coffee, fantastic sausage rolls, beautifully baked bread, deli items and the world’s best hummus (it’s seriously good). The Deli are currently open for takeaway only, are operating a strict social distancing policy and cleanliness policy, so you’ll feel very safe with them, and are operating between 9am and 7pm seven days a week. They’re also now selling the famous Season Kitchen chocolate pots (to taste it is to believe it), lasagne and bottled cockatils mixed fresh onsite. Follow their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/the_deli_at_80/

Butler’s Deli:

Butler’s are currently open for business for takeaway and delivery only, which is brilliant because we’ve just discovered their truffle pecorino, truffle brie and truffle salami (can you tell that we like truffle?) and it brings us unprecedented joy. They stock super tasty cheese, meats, crackers, wines, chutneys, olives, sun dried tomatoes, pate and a whole range of other deli items. They’re also super friendly and welcoming. Open between 9am – 6pm Mon to Sat and 9am – 5pm Sunday. Please pay by card in-store and Butler’s ask that only 2 people enter the shop at one time. You can also order a delivery on 0207 272 4444 or on info@butlersdeli.co.uk / https://www.butlersdeli.co.uk/

*UPDATED* Boulangerie Bon Matin:

Bon Matin’s helpful team have turned their lovely boulangerie into a grocery selling free range eggs, hand roasted coffee, butter, milk (including cow’s, almond, oat and soya), vegan bread, muesli, home made granola, porridge oats and more. They’re also serving their excellent baked goods, cakes, salads, sandwiches and quiches. Bon Matin are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7.30am until 6pm. You access regular updates by following them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/boulangeriebonmatin/

Bacchus N4:

Bacchus have opened their doors for takeaway wine & beer sales between 12:30 and 17:30. They are operating a very strict policy allowing only two customers at a time in store and they kindly ask you to keep the social distance between others while you’re in the store and whilst you’re queuing in front of the store. They also kindly ask that you not to come to the store if you have symptoms or are infected. They currently only accept only card & device payments. They currently can’t offer deliveries, for now. Follow Bacchus on Instagram to show your love and for the latest updates: https://www.instagram.com/bacchusn4/

Stroud Green Market:

Stroud Green Market supports local businesses and English farmers. Their excellent weekly Sunday market has had to stop operating during the lockdown but they are currently operating an online orders with both collection and delivery options. Founder Ed and his team need your help though – due to demand they’re looking for a space to store items locally. If you think you can help, or you’d like to place an order please find more info here: https://www.stroudgreenmarket.com/thisweek

Urban Native:

A fantastic organic produce shop located towards the Stapleton Hall end of Stroud Green Road, Urban Native is currently open for business and observing social distancing practices. They are also operating a delivery service for elderly and vulnerable customers only, which they are being helped with by some fantastic local volunteers, simply text your order, the word ‘delivery’, your name and address to one of the below numbers and they’ll send you the delivery time and cost. Collection is also available for all customers, just use the same method as delivery customers but with the word ‘collection’ and they will send you your collection time: 07769721366 / 07796361480. Keep up-to-date with Urban Native on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/urbannativeorganic/

 

CLOSED IRL BUT OPERATING ONLINE: 


Pretty Shiny Shop:

So full of pretty and indeed shiny (not to mention nice smelly, tasty eaty and, er, warm socksy) items, Pretty Shiny Shop’s high street store on Stroud Green Road has closed to IRL customers, but they have an excellent online shop brimming with beautiful gifts, cards and treats – all ready to help boost our spirits whilst remaining distant from one another. Why not safely peruse owner Georgina’s delightful array of new games and entertainment gifts to bring you and your far away loved ones something to while away the hours in quarantine.  https://prettyshinyshop.com/

MoseyHome:

One of our all time favourite homeware shops, MoseyHome, is still open for business but online only for now. They have an excellent online shop full of great furniture, soft furnishings and gifts starting from just £5. If you’re planning on using any spare time to make your home even more lovely, this is the shop for you! They also sell lovely soaps and are offering to deliver them straight to you for free if you live locally and buy a minimum of three soaps. You can also buy vouchers to give to friends, fam or just to use later (which really helps small businesses!) – please contact Mary on info@moseyhome.co.uk or by DM on their Instagram https://www.instagram.com/MoseyHome/. Vouchers can be used on their online shop and also on their home/space restyling service – instead of staring at the same four walls, you can re-style those four walls and mix things up a bit. Online shop is here: https://www.moseyhome.co.uk/

Oak N4: 

Oak N4 currently can’t open for in-house drinking but can offer delivery services. We’d recommend ordering a couple of bottles of green wine (it’s a thing!) and have a tasting at home. With cheese. Crackers optional. Or you can participate in their virtual tasting – you get 3 tastings to choose from, 3 bottles for £50 delivered to you and a virtual tasting session on Saturdays. Order via email: wines@oakn4.co.uk or call 020 7684 1294 or check out their website: http://oakn4.co.uk/

Clapton Craft:

Curators of craft beer, Clapton Craft are one of our local high street heroes. Their stock looks like art, tastes like beer and goes down like a treat. They also sell a selection of wine, ciders and unusual soft drinks for those who like their beverages less yeasty. They’re open for online deliveries only and we’d recommend ordering in a selection of beers you’ve never tried and having your own personal sampling session at home: https://www.claptoncraft.co.uk/

(Picture: Georgina, owner of Pretty Shiny Shop on Stroud Green Road)

Local Charities

FoodCycle:

FoodCycle Finsbury Park is a UK charity that combines surplus food, spare kitchen spaces and volunteers to create three-course meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. They know that vulnerable people rely on their weekly meals, which is why they’re doing everything they can to keep their service running but they have, of course, had to make some changes in the way that they operate. Going forward, FoodCycle will be running a takeaway service, where you can collect a meal on Saturdays at 12:30pm.

To see what Projects are running and what services they are offering, you can visit – http://bit.ly/FCserviceupdate They are in need of volunteers still, so if you can help do sign up or register through their link here. Information for FoodCycle volunteers can be found here – http://bit.ly/CV19Volunteers and information for Project Leaders here – http://bit.ly/CV19ProjectLeader

Homeless Link:

Homeless Link charity called on local authorities to establish task forces to support people rough sleeping who catch the virus, as there is an ‘alleged lack of guidance on how to safely help rough sleepers who contract Covid-19’. They are working to keep the homelessness sector informed about latest developments in relation to pandemic, and are broadcasting weekly webinars on 3pm Wednesdays, open to all, providing an overview of current responses and emerging practice. Booking opens on Mondays, and you can sign on here and you can also catch up past webinars here. For more information click here.

Streets Kitchen:

You can help get involved and take a look at what grassroots group, Streets Kitchen are doing to help here: https://www.streetskitchen.org/

Crisis:

While the Crisis Shops are closing temporarily, with their primary concern is for the well-being of their staff, volunteers and community in the face of #COVID-19, they will ‘continue to work to protect people experiencing homelessness during this outbreak’ and are grateful for all your support and donations which can still be made here: https://www.crisis.org.uk/get-involved/donate/

Muswell Hill Food Bank:

The Muswell Hill Food Bank really need your help, increased demand has meant that they need to increase their present donations at least 5 times. If you’re able to donate financially please do so at https://cafdonate.cafonline.org/10986 or you can donate food items please see their website for contact details and more info here: https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/muswellhill/  Even just sharing this information with friends, family or on social media would be a massive help.

Holy Trinity Foodbank, Haringey: 

The Holy Trinity Foodbank operates from the church hall of Holy Trinity Church on Granville Road N4, and distributes food to people in need on Sundays from 1.30-3.30pm. Much like other foodbanks they are experiencing a shortage in donations and a rise in demaned for their services. Individuals and businesses who can help are greatly needed! Their website (http://www.holytrinityfoodbank.org.uk/) explains how people who need to use the food bank can get vouchers, or how those without vouchers can get a temporary one. The church hall itself is on Stapleton Hall Road, right next to St Aidans’ School. If you can afford to and are able to leave your house please do donate food, there’s a list on their website as to what foods and other items, such as tampons, are required / are in short supply. You can drop off your donations between 1pm – 3.30pm every Sundays. If anyone would like to donate but can’t get to the church in person, they can arrange to collect donations from you if you e-mail htfoodbank@gmail.com. Monetary donations can also be made, please just send an email to the aforementioned address and you will be sent the bank details.  If you know someone whose income has gone or diminished and they are having food problems, or perhaps you yourself are experiencing a food shortage please do get in touch with Holy Trinity by email or by phone on 020 8348 9181.

The Hive Foodbank, Islington: 

The Hive Foodbank, https://thehivefoodbank.com/ operates out of St Mary’s Hornsey Rise on Ashley Road N19. They distribute to people in need of food and other essentials on Wednesday evenings between 6.30-8.30pm. The Hive mostly accept donations on Wednesdays from 5.30pm – but they can accept donations at other times by arrangement. They also accept monetary donations, via their Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) account – click here to donate. Another Islington Foodbank had to close in late March as it ran out of food, so The Hive, and the other foodbanks listed here, are very much trying to avoid this happening and need your support.

(Picture: Crisis, charity cafe and shop on Stroud Green Road)

Local Pubs & Bars

OPEN FOR DELIVERY ONLY:

Brave Sir Robin:

The Brave Sir Robin have opened a delivery service! Fresh beer served straight from the tap in 2 pint growlers alongside cans, soft drinks and wine by the bottle – and maybe a few other bits! They’re taking orders between 2pm and 5pm Wednesday, Friday and Saturday each week, with deliveries taking place between 5pm and 7pm althought there maybe some overlap. There’s a £5 deposit for your growler and for every deposit taken they’ll be donating £1 to the NHS, in absolutely no way effecting your deposit! They will be operating an entirely contactless delivery service and will leave your order on the doorstep, then give you a cheeky call from the kerb! You can find updates via their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bravesirrobinn4/

 

CLOSED FOR NOW:

W B Yeats & The Auld Shillelagh:

Unfortunately, for now, pubs W B Yeats and The Auld Shillelagh are closing indefinitely

The World’s End:

The Worlds End are now closed. Show your support by following them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/worldsendfinsburypark/

The White Lion:

Our lovely local has decided to close to protect our community but look forward to seeing us when this is all over. Show them some love by following them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thewhitelionn4/

(Picture: Josh, Senior Designer at Barefaced Studios and Claire, Creative Director / Owner at Barefaced Studios and Davies & Davies Estate Agents, outside The World’s End pub on Stroud Green Road)

Local Arts & Entertainment Venues

CLOSED FOR NOW:

The Park Theatre:

Our local theatre will be closing for a minimum of six weeks to combat the spread of Covid-19/ Coronavirus. There will be no more performances, creative learning activities and the cafe bar will not be open. The theatre states: “we are working with our Board on a plan for future opening but, with the ever changing tide, this is the only news we can share at this time.”

Financially there is still a way to support local cultural groups and industries, as Park Theatre go on to explain; “as a small charity, that receives no public funds, a full refund of lost performances could be financially catastrophic for us, so we are asking patrons for the cancelled performances to please consider donating the cost of the ticket rather than requesting a credit note or refund. For those who kindly donate we would like to offer a complimentary one year membership to our Friends Scheme, as a “Key Keeper”, where benefits include Priority Booking.”

(Picture: Park Theatre on Clifton Terrace)

Local Initiatives to Help Local People

Stroud Green Mutual Aid Group:

Join the Stroud Green Mutual Aid Group if you’re local. An increasingly large group of local people are offering support and practical assistance to anyone who is anxious, isolated, or in need of specific help, there are neighbours willing to help: sg.mutual.aid@gmail.com or text 07502202856.

Local Service Providers

OPEN REMOTELY + OFFERING HELP:

Barefaced Studios:

A locally based design + creative agency who work with us and have worked with Common Ground, Salt the Radish, MoseyHome and the Local Traders Association. Barefaced are working remotely at the moment (they’re tech nerds so well equipped for it), although their photography and videography services are currently limited.

Barefaced are offering free advice sessions, including one-on-one phone or video calls for local small businesses who want advice on marketing their business during this weird time of our lives, and for anyone based in the UK looking to start their own business / side hustle / start-up who would like brand, design, marketing and web design advice. Please send an email to claire@barefacedstudios.com if you’d like to book in for an advice session.

We’ll also be releasing free guides, Instagram Story Q&A sessions and other handy survival tips for businesses and start-ups via our Instagram channel here: https://www.instagram.com/barefacedstudios/

 

CLOSED FOR NOW: 

Blue Tit Hairdressers:

Blue Tit Crouch Hill (think cool interiors, unpretentious staff, excellent cuts and beautiful colouring) are closing from tomorrow to keep their team and customers safe.

Snow White Laundry:

To protect our community and their team Snow White have decided to close for now and look forward to welcoming you back once this is all over.

Em’s Barbershop:

Em’s are now closed but you can show your support by following them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/ems_barbershop/

(Picture: Claire and Tom of Barefaced Studios)

Local Friendly Estate Agents

OPEN REMOTELY:

Davies & Davies Estate Agents:

That’s us! We’ve closed our IRL doors for now and our team are now operating remotely.

Please find more information about our opening hours and FAQs for during the lockdown – such as what to do if you’re worried about paying/receiving your rent here: https://www.daviesdavies.co.uk/2020/03/opening-hours-information-during-the-covid-19-outbreak/

We’ll keep this info updated as things change but for now we’re available on our direct emails, mobile phones, office phone (0207 272 0986) and on info@daviesdavies.co.uk

(Picture: some of the team at Davies & Davies Estate Agents on Stroud Green Road)

#ViralKindess 

Non specific to Finsbury Park is the hashtag #viralkindness, which began with a copywriter called Becky who decided to create a calling card for people to fill in and pop through neighbour’s letterboxes. We think it’s a brilliant idea as I’m sure you do too, so get printing here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1L_8GoI1zQ572fBZtElFfQZI9vNEwK7Rf/view and keep the hashtag #viralkindness trending.

In times like this let’s all support each other, wash our hands and call your not so nearest and dearest.

Stay safe, be kind.

Written in partnership between Davies & Davies Estate Agents and Barefaced Studios. All photography by Barefaced Studios.

From all at Davies & Davies:

Mark D, Laurence, Claire, Alex, Mark S, Katrina, Derek, Fabio, Anca, Javerna, Alisha, Lamar, Tavia & Colin

And from all at Barefaced Studios:

Claire, Tom, Sophie, Josh, Veronika, Mike, Ben, Rob, Odera & Saphia

 

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Don’t panic! How COVID-19 actually affects your remortgage

First things first, don’t panic Mr Mannering. We know how easy it is to read a headline here or there and start spiralling into a pit of existential despair. That’s why we’ve decided to round up some of the more common questions / cries for help we’ve heard since lockdown regarding your remortgaging options. As always, we recommend chatting with an expert or two before making any major decisions

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Bedroom of a property managed by Davies & Davies in the stroud green area
Landlords ask: what’s the point in having my property managed?

Let’s be honest, property management is time consuming, stressful and, if not carried out properly, can even point to a prison sentence. It’s no joke. Law and compliance around property and, in particular, property rentals changes frequently. During weird times, such as the locked down ‘new normal’ we find ourselves in, things can change even more rapidly. Working with a property management company can help ease that stress – even more so when times are difficult.

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Mark Scales, director a of sales at Davies & Davies Estate Agents on the phone to a vendor
GUIDANCE FOR VENDORS DURING THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK

We understand that the current crisis is a confusing and stressful time for most and as a vendor, you may have some worries about whether you can continue with your own exchange and completion, how it will influence the current housing market or whether it will affect your ability to sell a property right now. We want to offer as much support as possible, so to help put that stress at ease, we’ve put together the Vendor’s Guide to help keep you informed on everything you need to know during the COVID-19 outbreak and current lockdown measures advised by the government.

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Javerna Lightbourne, sales and lettings negotiator at Davies & Davies Estate Agents on the phone to a buyer.
Guidance for Buyers During the COVID-19 Outbreak

It’s a strange world we currently live in and, as a buyer, you may have some concerns about whether you can continue with your own exchange and completion, how the current outbreak will influence the housing market, or whether it will affect your ability to buy a property right now. We want to offer as much support as possible, so we’ve put together this Buyer’s Guide to help keep you informed on everything you need to know during the COVID-19 outbreak and current lockdown measures advised by the government.

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Lettings Director Alex Reach at Davies & Davies Estate Agents speaking with a landlord.
Guidance for Landlords During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As a landlord, you may understandably be concerned as to whether your tenants can pay their rent, what will happen if essential works such as gas safety inspections are required on your property during a lockdown period, or what happens during the lockdown if your tenant reports an emergency, alongside other questions you may have. We want to offer as much support as possible, so to help put that stress at ease, we’ve put together this landlord’s guide to keep you informed on everything you need to know during the COVID-19 outbreak and the current lockdown measures advised by the government.

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Guidance for Tenants During the COVID-19 Outbreak

We understand that the current crisis is a confusing and stressful time for most and as a tenant you may have worries about paying your rent, what to do if you need maintenance works on your property or who to call in an emergency, alongside other concerns. We want to offer as much support as possible, so to help put that stress at ease, we’ve put together a tenant’s guide to keep you informed on everything you need to know during the COVID-19 outbreak and current lockdown measures advised by the government.

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COVID-19 Information & Resources

We’ve closed our shop doors for now, although two of the company directors are currently in the office to meet contractors and to deal with any emergencies. The rest of our team are now operating remotely. We will do everything we can to help you during the COVID-19 outbreak but please bare in mind that we too are operating under unfamiliar territory. Please be patient and please be kind.

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Help Support Our Local Community

In an effort to help support our local community during this strange, scary time, we’ve collected locals tips, updates and precautions being taken by and for local people and businesses across Finsbury Park and Stroud Green during this ‘don’t panic!’ pandemic. This article provides you with information on local businesses, help available locally and how you can help others by buying from small independent businesses, joining local initiatives and donating to local charities.

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Buy to Let Landlords: Reasons to be cheerful in the 2020 apocalypse

While the year may have begun on literal fire and under threat of World War III, there are some advantages to the year 2020 for you buy to let landlords at least. Yes, we know how to keep things light at the end of the world.

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Freeholders & Leaseholders are you ready? 

Let’s find out some more about Freehold. This particular contender, for example, pays no annual ground rent charges and doesn’t rely on a separate freeholder to maintain their building. Nifty. Freeholder has sole responsibility for the maintenance of their building and the land so happens to be somewhat of a green fingered warrior.

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Don’t get caught out: new landlord safety regulations are to be enforced

The government has updated its regulations, meaning all new private tenancies will require an electrical safety certificate (EICR) from the 1st July 2020. This affects most landlords, who can face hefty fines for not complying.

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Getting the self employed on the property ladder

So you became a freelancer and now believe you’re doomed to be a forever-renter? Started up your own company and can’t seem to catch a break, never mind credit? We’re here to retrain your brain, and your financial outlook. It’s time to turn that frown upside down mortgage-lusters, because we’ve got all the ways to get on the property ladder when you’re self employed.

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A picture of a dining table and a bookcase taken from a property rented through Davies & Davies Estate Agents.
Our fun, or at least useful, self-assessment guide for Landlords

We know, sorting out your tax affairs is a potent mix of fear and tedium, but it’s also entirely necessary. Particularly so if you are a landlord in need of a self-assessment. I know what you’re thinking, but we can get to your intimate health checks later… We’re talking about your tax return, divided here into small manageable chunks of boringness. Fun police assemble! 

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What can a property management company bring to the table?

Single handedly managing a property portfolio can be enough to bring on an early onset of greys. As well as screening tenants, chasing rent and sorting repairs, there’s a tonne of admin and legal stuff you need to keep on top of. Enlisting the help of a lettings agent means you get to bump up the ‘I love my job’ moments while minimising the stressful ones. 

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The more you know: find out your rights as a tenant

We know how important it is to know your rights as a tenant; whether you’re currently facing a tenancy issue, or simply want to avoid any renting related concerns in the future.   

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Porch stories: Is your property Georgian, Victorian or Edwardian?

“Gotta love a Georgian townhouse, eh?” you shout, slapping the brick entranceway and attempting a stride towards your friend’s promise of housewarming nibbles inside. “It’s actually Victorian” mumbles your friend, squeezing along the narrow hallway to take your coat. The next thirty minutes you eat your way through their salmon puffs and your words. 

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Part 2: How to stop renting and start nesting, a First-Time Buyers Guide 

Mortgage in the bag? Give yourself a pat on the back, you’ve officially entered the adulting world of variable rates, credit scores and laughable curtain prices. Now it’s onto what is arguably the fun bit. Choosing your home sweet home. Here’s what you need to consider when it comes to securing your dream abode. 

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Part 1: I’m a first-time buyer, get me out of here

By the time you’ve finished reading you’ll have stamp duty sussed and will be well on your way to retiring your renting days. So, before you start Googling obscure German hair thickening shampoo brands, read our handy guide to securing your starter home. It all begins with the stuff that makes the world go round: money.

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Landlords: How to not Kill Anyone or end up in Jail

There’s a lot more to letting out a property than just handing over the keys. As your local property nerds, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need to know to make the process of renting out your property as easy and stress-free as possible. 

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To sell or not to sell, that is the question…

We’ve looked at the pros and cons of each decision to help you begin with this exciting new chapter in your life. Every situation is unique and we know the importance of this decision, so Davies and Davies are are here to help you make the right choice.

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What can you get for £400,000 in North London?

We don’t think you should have to compromise on space and style to save money in your new home search. At Davies and Davies we have a wealth of affordable properties boasting private gardens, Victorian architecture and original fireplaces all nestled comfortably in the heart of leafy and buzzing North London.

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Home Automation – How to Bring Your Home Into The 21st Century

Upgrading your home isn’t just about not wanting to appear out of touch when your neighbours pop round. Smart tech can put you in control of your bills, reduce your property’s environmental footprint and provide a talking point at dull dinner parties.

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How to make your property work for the planet and your pocket

With many of us switching up our shopping habits to include more ethical choices, adopting a sustainable mindset could just be the selling point your property needs. But it’s ‘gonna take more than a few LED light bulbs to create that green dream. From upping your recycling game to investing in smart tech, here are eight ways you can shrink your home’s environmental footprint while increasing your profitability.

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