Shop locally during the coronavirus crisis – even while staying at home

The Village Greengrocer remains a popular choice

It goes without saying that this is a very tough time for local businesses. But what ones are helping you get through the coronavirus lockdown?

Now the situation has settled down a little, we’d like to compile a list of local shops and services that are staying open to serve their communities or SE London businesses that’ll deliver to Charlton. (After all, it’s a little frustrating finding “free delivery!” and then discovering it stops in SE10 or SE3…)

We’re looking for…

  • places in Charlton or within easy walking distance where you can pick up goods, or
  • places elsewhere in SE London offering delivery to SE7 – particularly ones that didn’t do that already and aren’t on the usual services

Please tell us about them in the comments below or email us and we’ll add them to the list. Thank you.

Here’s our list so far – updated on Tuesday 21 April – if you use them, tell them we sent you!

Groceries

  • 💥CHARLTON CHAMPION DISCOUNT!💥 Little Sparrow Tea will do free local delivery and 20% off if you are in SE7, SE10 or SE18. Enter CharltonVIP at the checkout, and select “free local pick-up” – it’ll be delivered to you instead. Thanks to Adrian at Little Sparrow for arranging this for our readers. (website)
  • The Village Greengrocer in Charlton Village remains a staple – currently open Monday to Saturday 9am-3pm (check Twitter for updates)
  • There’s also Apple N’ Orange on Old Dover Road (Facebook page)
  • GG Sparkes butchers on Old Dover Road is also still going strong (check Facebook page for opening hours)
  • Brothers Bakery on Old Dover Road remains open (Facebook)
  • Very Green Grocer delivers across south-east London from Shooters Hill (website) (closed to new customers)
  • Paul Rhodes Bakery delivers within an eight-mile radius of Greenwich, so that’s us sorted (website)
  • Blackheath Pantry will deliver to SE7 – email jennifer[at]theblackheathpantry.co.uk for more details (Instagram)
  • Charlton Bakehouse will deliver bread to Charlton, Blackheath and Lee (website)
  • Tortoise Tom will deliver coffee all the way from Woolwich (website)
  • Drury Tea and Coffee will also deliver from Woolwich (website)
  • Spier’s Salads are delivering fruit, veg and meat staples boxes as well as coffee to SE postcodes (website)
  • Stickleback Fish will deliver to SE7, although its website hasn’t yet been updated to reflect that (website)
  • The Cheeseboard in Greenwich does free local deliveries in SE7 for orders over £35 (website)
  • Drings butchers in Greenwich does free local deliveries for the over-70s and isolated (website)
  • Salento Food and Wine, an Italian deli, will deliver free in SE7 if your order is over £30 (website)
  • Daun’s Deli in Catford will deliver in SE London on orders over £15 (website)
  • Mar de Olivos is offering free delivery of olive oil and more from Blackheath to SE3, SE7, SE9, SE10 and SE18 addresses (website)
  • Corner shops: It should go without saying, but your local corner shop can get you out of a pickle. We’ve had good reports of Victoria Food Stores on Inverine Road.

Children’s stuff

  • Ottie and the Bea at Blackheath Standard is delivering books and toys locally (see its website).
  • Charlton’s own The Big Red Bus Club is doing online storytelling at 1.30pm daily (website)
  • Singalong Sally is performing online for children live from Catford at 10am on weekdays (website)
  • Greenwich Libraries are offering Baby Rhyme Time sessions via Facebook
  • Beadoir in Greenwich Market is offering same-day delivery to SE7 (website)
  • Lots of children’s activities at Mycenae House have moved online (website)

Cakes

  • Dolce Idea Cake Design in Abbey Wood have been offering deliveries (Facebook)

Books and newspapers/ magazines

  • Greenwich Libraries offer e-books, audiobooks and online access to newspapers and magazines (website)
  • Southwark Libraries give access to a broader range of magazines and the wonder that is the Times Digital Archive (website – you can sign up for one month online)
  • Order books via hive.co.uk, which will give a portion of your money to Ottie and the Bea or any other independent bookshop of your choice – you choose at checkout.

Food

Gardening

  • Alan’s Garden Centre in Halstow Road, Greenwich is “closed but open” – take a look at the website, send a text to check availability, and then make an appointment to pick up. (website)
  • PlantSavers will deliver plants from nurseries that would have gone to waste to SE postcodes (website)

Opticians

  • Page & Small on Charlton Road are still working from home: “We are still providing urgent and essential eyecare primarily by telephone and video but f2f if required / genuine emergency. We can offer repairs and replacement specs where needed. Contact lenses can still be ordered and will be delivered straight to home. We’re offering sunglasses style consultations via video calling for those we have seen before.” (website)
First to the bar…

Post Office – check with its branch finder

  • Charlton Church Lane (open 12.30pm-5.30pm weekdays, 9am-2pm weekends)
  • Shooters Hill Road (10am-4pm Mon-Sat)
  • Stratheden Parade (Blackheath Standard) (9am-5.30pm Mon-Sat)
  • Maryon Road (8am-8pm Mon-Sun)

Royal Mail

  • The Greenwich and Charlton delivery office on Horn Lane is now only open from 7am to 9am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Booze

  • CHARLTON CHAMPION SPECIAL: Husk Brewing is across the river in the Royal Docks, and they’ll deliver fresh beer south of the river on Sundays between 2pm and 6pm (within three miles – easily includes Charlton). We asked and they offered to deliver south of the river, so order away! (Check for updates @HuskBrewing and order on their website – the day has now changed from when we first published this.)
  • The River Ale House in Woolwich Road, Greenwich is open for takeouts Mon-Fri 5-7pm, Sat-Sun 3-5pm (Facebook)
  • A little further afield, the Pelton Arms in Greenwich is doing drinks and food to take away (Twitter)
  • Villages Brewery, Deptford is doing free delivery of cans of fresh beer (website)
  • Common Rioters Brewery, Plumstead offers craft beer from all over the place and delivers free within Greenwich borough (website)
  • The Kentish Belle, a micropub in Bexleyheath, is delivering to SE7 on orders of £20 or more, including some cask ale (website)
  • Theatre of Wine in Greenwich is delivering (website)
  • Davy’s in Greenwich is offering free delivery of wine over £75 in SE7 (website)
  • Beerguideldn.com has details of other breweries and shops who may deliver.
  • The Rusty Bucket pub in Eltham is now delivering to surrounding areas including Charlton (website)

Cycling

  • Greenwich Cycle Workshop on Woolwich Road, Greenwich is still open (see website)

Local arts

  • Fiona Veacock Ceramics is running classes online – if you ever wanted to learn how to do things with clay, now’s the time to do it from home! (website)
  • Greenwich Theatre is running events online under the name Greenwich Connects
  • Trinity Laban‘s Self Isolation Creation programme includes a live stream or film from one of its students, staff members or alumni every weeknight at 8pm (website)
  • Equality Dance has been holding virtual dance classes on Saturdays (Facebook)
  • Kerry on Dancing, usually in Mycenae House, has moved to Zoom (website)
  • Lots of other arts classes and activities at Mycenae House have also moved online (website)
  • The Kimberleys, the Blackheath-based folk duo, have been performing from their balcony on YouTube
  • My Only Desire Records is a Plumstead reissue label that will deliver to you (website)
  • Deptford Northern Soul Club Records will also deliver (website)
  • Casbah Records in Greenwich will send records to you (website)
  • The How Does It Feel To Be Loved? club night, which used to have occasional nights at the Montague Arms in Peckham (and they’re mates of ours), will bring its indie pop and soul disco to your front room every Saturday night (website)
  • Happy Mondays Comedy, usually at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, has moved online with a show on Easter Monday (Facebook)
  • Dulwich Hamlet Comedy Club has also moved online, with its next show on Sunday 5 May (website)

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Where to get help

  • Greenwich Council’s community hub is available if you are self-isolating and have not got a family member, friend or neighbour who can help. Volunteers can collect and deliver prescriptions, deliver essential food packages and connect you to local community services. Call 0800 470 4831 or email covid19support[at]royalgreenwich.gov.uk.
  • Alternatively, you can also contact Greenwich Covid-19 Mutual Aid which is run by local residents. Call 020 7183 7127, fill in the form, or email greenwichmutualaid[at]gmail.com. (Facebook)

If you know any more – please leave a comment or email us (it’s easier to keep track of than social media). Also, if you’re a business happy to expand your delivery options a tiny bit further to include SE7, or would like to offer our readers a discount, we’d love to hear from you!


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