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 31.03.2020.**
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 email@example.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:
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
ONLINE DELIVERY AND/OR COLLECTION AVAILABLE:
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 where, at time of writing, they’re offering 20% off on orders over £30 – 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/
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/
*NEW* 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/
*NEW* 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 – more info and ordering ability here: http://www.cafemexicalionline.co.uk/
*NEW* 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 get 10% off orders over £25 on Deliveroo here: https://deliveroo.co.uk/menu/london/finsbury-park/salvation-in-noodles-blackstock-rd
*NEW* 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your continued support”
CLOSED BUT WITH ONLINE SHOPS:
Salt the Radish:
Purveyors of excellent brunchy lunchy food Salt the Radish have now had to close. However, you can 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
CLOSED FOR NOW:
Max’s Sandwich Shop:
Max has decided to close “until it is safe to emerge as sandwich butterflies once more”
Our favourite British themed eatery have now had to close but leave us with these thoughts: “In times like this, communities must pull together. Spare a thought for small independent places like ours, that could very well risk going under – even more so, we should #shoplocal and #supportlocalbusiness as the staff work hard and depend on your custom for their livelihoods.”
Have you tried the weekend waffles at Common Ground? Of course you have, because you’d be made not to. Other things we like to eat at Common Ground… um, everything. Common Ground will be closed for the foreseeable future as of this evening (20.03.20), we’ll update you if that changes. http://commongroundlondon.co.uk/
Fresh flowers and Marley coffee – heaven. Mento have now had to close. https://mento.business.site/
Unfortunately Osteria Trufo have decided to close for the foreseeable future. We wish Paola and her team well.
Brick and Olive:
Purveyors of excellent pink lattes and lovely freshly made sandwiches, Brick and Olive, are shutting for now. More info coming asap.
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)
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 at reduced hours of 9am to 3pm. Follow their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/the_deli_at_80/
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-stor 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 email@example.com
*NEW* 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 from 7.30am until 3pm and you access regular updates by following them on Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/boulangeriebonmatin/
*NEW* 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/
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/
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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: email@example.com or call 020 7684 1294 or check out their website: http://oakn4.co.uk/
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)
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 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’. Representatives from Islington Council, Streets Kitchen, Shelter from the Storm, Museum of Homelessness, The Outside Project and The Margins Project all attended an emergency meeting at the Union Chapel in Compton Terrace last week to help find solutions and take action on this issue. Volunteers from a homeless outreach group gave out tissues, soap and coronavirus health advice recently to people sleeping rough in Finsbury Park.
You can help get involved and take a look at what grassroots group, Streets Kitchen are doing to help here: https://www.streetskitchen.org/
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.
(Picture: Crisis, charity cafe and shop on Stroud Green Road)
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/
Brave Sir Robin:
The doors may be closed to in-pub dwellers but you can find updates via their Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/bravesirrobinn4/
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)
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)
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or text 07502202856.
OPEN REMOTELY + OFFERING HELP:
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 email@example.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 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)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
(Picture: some of the team at Davies & Davies Estate Agents on Stroud Green Road)
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.
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85 Stroud Green Road,
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Closing from 1:00pm on Friday 20th December and will re-open at 08:30am on Thursday 2nd January.