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Home Delivery

Independent Shops - North London Edition

Alexandra Park, Bounds Green, Crouch End, Highgate, Muswell Hill

Last updated on the April 4, 2020

Dear Friends & Neighbours - Here’s a list of delivery alternatives to the supermarkets if you are struggling to get online slots. Compiled from friend recommendations (we haven’t tried many yet). Many are hospitality businesses pivoting from restaurant / wholesale to online deliveries in the light of COVID-19.

***Local independent businesses, restaurants, shops near us*** please support

Keep this list growing - If you have any suggestions (especially local restaurants offering delivery services), please email me here and I will add them. Many thanks for everyone's contributions.


***Doorstep Dairy - doorstepdairyltd@gmail.com07802481535 0208 346 9774 15 Cadogan Gardens, N3 2HN - Milk deliveries in glass bottles
Pensworth Dairy- deliver to your door Tues and Fri - Milk in glass bottle, Fruit Juice, eggs, cheese, yoghurt, cream, bacon

London Dairies- Milk, cheese, eggs - catering suppliers
***Cheeses- (Fortis Green) - Order via Uber Eats - Wednesdays only Uber Eats - Cheese of Muswell Hill
***The Cheese Bar​ ​- (Camden) Cheese Truck deliveries - British Cheese - Bread (48 hours notice) Haringey deliveries on Monday - order before 8pm on Sunday night ***Opera Ice Cream- Freshly made lemonade and homemade ice cream. A husband and wife team, trading in Alexandra Palace every Sunday. They are now doing delivery for their lemonade, ice cream and brownies. Check out their Instagram and message direct for order info. Delivery is on Fridays only.

Fruit & Veg

***Broadway Fruiterers 020 8340 8593 will deliver locally if you ask nicely

Massive range of fresh fruit and veg, including stuff like curry leaves and lime leaves. Masses of tinned

goods, pasta, spices etc. Currently shut Sunday and Monday


***Greens of Highgate​ ​- (Highgate) Fruit and Veg delivery delivering N2, N4, N6, N8,

N10, N19, N22 call for other areas.

***Crop Drop- Fruit and Veg Grown and Harvested as close to Haringey as possible.

New Covent Garden Market- Veg, Fruit, Bread.
The new Covent Garden market is 75% down in sales. Fresh fruit and veg need to be sold so they’re going to start selling boxes to people rather than companies.

Ordering tips:
Go ontheir website and sign up for home delivery veg and fruit boxes.
They can deliver milk, bread etc. too
Paul The Vegan Man​ ​- Fruit and Veg - Borough Market
Natoora- vegetable home delivery
A previous chef-only app, now opening for everyone to use. They currently deliver to London Zones 1-4, The delivery charge is £6 flat rate. There is no minimum spend. “This time last week, we had virtually zero restaurant trade, hanging on the hope that you would want to buy from us for your homes. Today in London we had such an uptake in orders that we can no longer do next day delivery.”
Ordering tips:
Download Natoora App. Use this
linkto register an account. I waited for about 24 hours before I could order with the App. Since the app is initially designed for restaurants and chefs, it has a live basket and no check-out process like most of the other online shopping websites. This means anything you add to your shopping basket in the day will be automatically delivered the next day. The cut-off point is midnight.
Primeur- seasonal veg and fruits
Ordering tips:
No online shop yet. For fruit and veg boxes delivery, text 07768231931
Andreas Veg - fruit, veg, groceries, cheese, charcuterie
Loved by Nigella Lawson, Andreas Veg is based in 4 Cale Street, Chelsea.
Ordering tips:
Local delivery Monday, Wednesday, Friday by email only by 2pm the day before.
Free for local customers and all purchases over £100.


***Margot Bakery- N2 Artisan Bakery, Sourdough, Challan - Pre order bread for 3 days time collection only - limited to 2 loaves per order

***Intrepid Bakers- (Crouch End) Bakers Fresh Bread and Cakes - order via Uber Eats Uber Eats - Intrepid Bakers


Riverford Organic Veg- Veggie boxes from 14.95 - waiting list only now for new customers


***http://lyons-restaurant.com/​ ​(Crouch End) Seafood restaurant & WineBar - now offering take away or delivery - BBQ Fish, wine and beer
Henderson Seafood - home delivery
Fresh seafood in a small or large box for 2 or 4 people. Prices range from £30 to £100. Fresh seafood, ethically sourced, straight from fishermen and day boats in Brixham, Devon.

For an extra £12.50, you can get a week’s worth of organic vegetable box from their partner Pale Green Dot. It will come with your fish box!
Ordering tips:
Use their website to keep an eye on weekly fish box and place your order directly.
The Fish Society- Luxury online fishmongers

Mourne Fishbox - Fresh, portioned, vacuum packed fish. Deliver through the UK and Ireland.
Pesky- buy fish directly from British fishermen
Sign up on their website now, they’re working on it to start from next week.

Meat & Poultry

***Hampstead Butchers(Muswell Hill Broadway) Shop Online
Presently, we can only deliver to the following postcodes:NW2 (east of the A5 only), NW3, NW5, NW6,

NW8, NW11, N2, N6, N10 You can still order for collection if you are outside of these postcodes. We have a limited capacity each day for orders, dictated by availability of our butchers and driver. So we ask that customers order with a view to minimising the number of future trips our driver has to make to the same address. Each delivery made reduces our capacity to serve an additional person who may be in need. To this end we now have a minimum £50 orderand we have waived all delivery charges.

Organic Halal- London delivery £5
Ethical Butcher​ ​- Organic reared meat - See the farms you are buying from

HG Walter​ ​- online butcher
Home delivery within London and the M25. Order before 4 pm for next day delivery. This independent family-run butcher sources their meat from small farms rearing free-range native breeds.

“Sustainability is a priority among our farmers – livestock on these farms contribute to a biodiverse landscape contrary to the destructive nature associated with much larger scale farms.”
Ordering tips:

Use their online shop to order directly.
Fosse Meadows- amazing chicken and cockerels supplier Ordering tips:
Use their online shop to order directly.
Eat Great meat
“For anyone struggling to get food from the shops, my brother (8th generation) is providing meat directly from the farm to your doorstep, from local farms in Yorkshire.” Ordering tips:
Use their online shop to order directly.
Farmdrop- organic veg, fruit, meat directly from local farmers.
Very farmer and producer friendly as they take less cut from people who produce the food.
Ordering tips:
They are very busy now. Currently operating an online queuing system.

Wine & Beer

***The Goodness Brewery​ ​- (Wood Green near The Chocolate Factory) - Craft Beer - IPA and home made pizza
The Crouch End Cellars(Crouch End) - Italian wine, cheese, deli delivery locally ***Muswell Hillbilly Brewers- (Muswell Hill) Local Micro Brewery - Beer - free delivery for orders over £25

Low Intervention- online wine shop
Over five hundred wines available online and monthly subscriptions at various price points. Any orders placed before 2pm will be delivered next day in the UK and the delivery is free for all orders over £30 within the UK.
Noble Find Liquor(Hackney) - online shop for wine, beer, spirits
Provisions(Highbury) - Wine, deli goods across London
The shop is open every day until 8 pm for retail. From Thursday they’ll be delivering hampers of wine and deli goods across London. They will also be taking orders over the phone (020 7700 0476) or via email (info@provisionslondon.co.uk) for those that don’t want to spend time in the shop but are happy to collect.



***Harmless Store- Local Vegan Zero Waste store NOW ONLINE - Click & Collect
Crescent Rd Supermarket- Local everything - including refills for washing liquid etc - no delivery but around the corner - Open 7-11pm
Green Guru- (Alexander Park Rd) Green grocers / organic goods - not delivering but walking distance - taking a break wc Apr 6 but will open limited hours after this - see sign on door for details
***https://www.owensfoodstore.com-Much loved local cafe / deli

IMPORTANT UPDATE- We have decided to further shorten our opening hours. This is to reduce the strain on our staff and ensure their welfare. These will be in place for the foreseeable future. From Monday 30/03 the opening hours will be 8.30am - 2.30pm daily.
We are continuing to limit the number of people allowed in the store to twoat any one time. This is to help ensure safe levels of social distance and contact for customers and staff alike.Please remain patient and keep at a safe distance while waiting.

We value your custom at this difficult time - but we also value your safety. We ask that customers shop as infrequently and swiftly as possible. We are encouraging everybody to shop solo - please try to visit the store alone (without partners/children) - this helps reduce the risk for everybody.

We would also like to encourage contactless payment where possible.
The café is now closed. Regrettably this means no more takeaway coffee.
We are currently accepting orders for groceries from local customers who are in self-isolation. This has been hastily arranged in order to support our elderly and vulnerable customers. If you don't fall into these categories, we are still here to help but we'd appreciate that you only enquire should you have no one else to call upon.
Please direct orders to - orders@owensfoodstore.co.uk
Thanks for your continued support. Stay safe and look out for one another.
Odysea- Greek and Mediterranean produce including cheese, olives, olive oil,

Greek yogurt.
Sous Chef - Pantry ingredient from all over the world. Books, tools and gluten-free section.
Cheezelo - all sorts of cheese and deli!
Most of the products are available on Ubereats and Deliveroo.
The Owner (Eleonore) can deliver after the shop opening hours in her car in London Zone 1&2 (delivery at £5.00), min £30.00 purchase. The good exchange will happen outside your place, gloves and masks will be worn, payment is done by mobile payment system at time of delivery. No cash accepted.
Free Delivery in Euston and Camden Area
Ombra(Hackney) - fresh pasta kits to cook at home and discounted wine
Leila’s shop(Shoreditch) - veg, stews
The shop will be operating a one in, one out policy all week – for safety reasons customers won’t be allowed to touch anything. Sam will be cooking batches of soups

and stews for takeaway while cargo bike deliveries will be available locally. Orders and payments will be taken over the phone – 020 7729 9789 – to maintain human contact. Peg(Hackney) - take-away food and veg box
Thursday-Sunday from 4-9 pm they’ll be offering a food (think chickpea tofu with mushroom XO, fried chicken, pumpkin and winter tomato curry) and plenty of wine to take away. They also act as a pickup point for vegetable boxes from Flourish which can be pre-ordered online.

Recipe + Ingredients Boxes

HelloFresh: Ingredients and recipes - great for people who want to learn new dishes. Gousto: Similar to Hello Fresh
Balance Box- Ready Meals
Mindful Chef- Recipe Boxes

Simply Cook- Recipe Boxes

FREE Online Cooking Tutorials

Breadahead Bakery - One of the best bakery schools in London is offering FREE online tutorials via INSTAGRAMonly, everyday at 2pm. Click on the link to see the schedule and ingredients list. It will only be LIVE for 24hrs.
I am Spice Monkey- Free (open to donations) cook along Instagram tutorial

Take Away Delivery

***Hot Milk(Bounds Green) now offering delivery (Lasagna, Vegi Lasagna, Mac n Cheese, Wine, Fresh Ground Coffee) + donate meals to NHS staff at North Mids. Hospital
The Goodness Brewery- (Wood Green - The Chocolate Factory) Local Brewery / Pizza Venue

***Fasta Pasta- Local pasta takeaway from Muswell Hill. Online ordering might be off so call the restaurant direct.
***Fooska​ ​-(Archway) Amazing Zero Waste Vegan Bangladeshi cuisine delivered in a Tiffin Tin

***Salvation in Noodles- via Deliveroo. Based in Finsbury Park and they’ve just expanded their delivery zones to us in North London! Fantastic Vietnamese food, awesome chicken wings.
Sacro Cuore- via Deliveroo, best pizzas in North London, based in Crouch End.

***Opera Ice Cream- Freshly made lemonade and homemade ice cream. A husband and wife team, trading in Alexandra Palace every Sunday. They are now doing delivery for their lemonade, ice cream and brownies. Check out their Instagram and message direct for order info. Delivery is on Fridays only.

Deliveroo (Also donate meals for NHS workers across the capital) Deliveroo Lots of local deals - off license deliveries even corner shop groceries locally
Uber EatsLocal take aways + Off Licenses

Flowers and Plants

Bloom And Wild-great cut fresh flowers through your letterbox - highly recommended ***Sunshine Garden Centre- Now open for delivery only to loyalty card holders - call 0208 889 4224
*The Gardening Club- (Crews Hill) Delivery to member - join for £5 (1st year, £2.50 after that)


***The Children's Book Shop- (Muswell Hill Broadway) - now online and delivering locally
***Pickled Pepper Voice​ ​- (Crouch End) -Childrens book shop offering Book fairy service - free delivery for orders over £20


***Tash & Tanya (T&T)- (Alexander Park Rd) Lovely things, cards and art.
‘We are offering FREE LOCAL DELIVERY of any purchase of £5 or more. We will try to deliver the same

day on any orders before 2pm. Postcodes included are N10, N22, N11, N2, N6, N8, N12, N13, N14, N21 and N3.
We can arrange postage of a gift for you. Send us the details of your lucky recipient and we will pack and send it. There is an extra charge for the postage, which we will calculate and send to you for approval before processing.’

***Slip n Stitch- (Alexander Park Rd) Needlework, knitting - now online and delivering ***Cachao Toys​ ​(Muswell Hill Broadway) - Toys - working on postal service - check website for more details
***Blue House Yard- Various Independent Business now online


IT & Tech Support

Richard Darsa- (Muswell Hill) Local IT / Tech Support, offering remote help for all tech

issues - I live in Muswell Hill and have been serving the local area for computer and technology support for 20 years now. I can now help people remotely on pretty much any technical issue, so I thought the community would

benefit from having my number. I charge in half hour increments at £40 per half hour, no VAT & can invoice and happy to be paid by BACS. My contact details are richard@darsa.net & 07768200551

Online Supermarket

Waitrose Ocado
Tesco Sainsbury's ASDA
M&S Morrisons Amazon Fresh

Online Asian Supermarkets

UK Snacks Box
Japan Centre
H Mart
Hello Oriental
- Based in Manchester but delivers all over the UK. Prices are very good and they sell frozen meat (pork, chicken, beef, lamb) and all the Asian goods. They also do next day delivery for £9.99.
Hoo Hing- It’s decent but the site is hard to navigate unless you know exactly the brand(s) you are looking for. I’d choose the above over this one unless there is something very specific that you’d like.

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Finally a nod to some pretty amazing local initiative... Local Awesomeness

***The Green Rooms Hotel - (Station Rd) Our local community arts hotel is currently offering free accommodation to NHS Staff, local homeless and vulnerable people- can we help them provide a meal for everyone? - you can support Here
***Hot Milk(Bounds Green next to the tube) providing meals to NHS staff at North Mids. Hospital - you can support Here

***Cakes and Ladders​ ​- The Big Red Bus Cafe, Board Game hang out and comedy venue is looking for support to stay open

Take care Everyone
#WeAreInThisTogether #LoveWereYouLive #stayhome

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Coming up later this month are FOUR work in progress performances of DR FAUSTESS, with songs written by Alexandra Park composer Jamie Masters.

January 22nd to 24th, 2020

at the Cockpit Theatre, Gateforth Street, London NW8 8EH



Wednesday 22nd January:           7.30pm

Thursday 23rd January:                2.30pm and 7.30pm

Friday 24th January:                     7.30pm

Running Time: 2.5 hours including interval



666 - this is an emergency!!  Burnt out Dr Madeleine Faustess turns to satanic aid in this modern musical twist on the Faustus story.  Faustess summons a demon to win the glittering prizes life has failed to deliver and maybe triage a few patients along the way. But instead of the great Satan she gets Hal - a hapless junior semi-demon, who causes chaos in her rundown hospital - and her life.

Over the course of one crazy year, Doctor, Demon, and the whole blasted institution discover that damnation has its plus points when there’s more of you.

A sparkling black comedy, with songs, social workers, love, death and zombies, presented as a work in progress. 



Writer - D R Hood

Dictynna’s first feature film as writer/director 'Wreckers' is a cult hit starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Claire Foy.  She has just completed her second feature 'Us Among the Stones' with Laurence Fox and Anna Calder-Marshall.  Dictynna and Jamie Masters (composer) have wanted to work together for a while, and 'Dr Faustess' is providing one hell of an opportunity.

Composer - Jamie Masters

Jamie has for fifteen years sold his soul to the devil in the world of advertising, winning many major awards in doing so.  In a cultural leap of faith he has also written music for several ancient Greek plays. Jamie is a multi-instrumentalist, playing piano, clarinet, recorder, violin, viola, guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo. In what time he has left, he invents boardgames and cranky electronic gadgets.

Director - Kolja Schallenberg

Hailing from Germany, the land of the original Faustus, Kolja trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts London.  In Germany, Kolja's prolific work as a director ranges from 'Bacchae' for Theatre League Hamburg through to stadium tour 'Massachusetts - the Bee Gees Musical', featuring original Bee Gees.  Kolja has also recently founded a new theatre in Sweden dedicated to putting on new musicals.

Music Director - Anthony Ingle

Anthony Ingle has over four decades of experience in music and theatre. He is Musical Director and pianist of Impropera, the world’s first improvising opera company. Anthony was the Musical Director of Tête à Tête’s acclaimed revival of 'Salad Days' at the Riverside.   Anthony also teaches at LAMDA where he has MD'd innumerable musicals with the talent of tomorrow including 'Tommy', 'Cabaret' and 'Hair'. We look forward to Anthony's onstage presence in 'Dr Faustess'.  


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Music at St Andrew's 2018

A one hour (approx.) programme - tea served afterwards


Further events in 2018 include:

Saturday 30 June 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra


Please note:

Saturday 23 June 7.00pm - Alexandra Chorus (with Veronica Chacon & Jerome Royet)
Saturday 14 July 7.00pm - Hannah Gardiner, Jared Bennett, Robert Smith & others

Both of these concerts have been postponed - revised dates to follow






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Music at St Andrew's 2018

A one hour (approx.) programme - tea served afterwards


Further events in 2018 include:

Sunday Afternoon Recitals 4.00-5.00pm

3 June - Recital by Jennifer Lee (piano)


Saturday 12 May 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Choir

Saturday 23 June 7.00pm - Alexandra Chorus (with Veronica Chacon & Jerome Royet)

Saturday 30 June 7.30pm - Fortismere Community Symphony Orchestra

Saturday 14 July 7.00pm - Hannah Gardiner, Jared Bennett, Robert Smith & others
(programme inc. newly-commissioned works & Beethoven Septet - details tbc)


Details of a programme of concerts/recitals for the second half of 2018 and in 2019 is awaiting confirmation




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Searching for teenagers train enthusiasts!

My son is in year 7 at APS and is really fascinated by trains and is very knowledgeable about them! He thinks he is the only person his age (12) who likes watching trains, but I thought perhaps there is someone else out there of a similar age (and local) who would enjoy trainspotting with him. 

By trainspotting, I don't mean standing with a notebook noting down the number on the same type of train as they pass by. He likes taking photos and making videos and looking out for more unusual trains. He has done this at Alexandra Palace station and has also travelled into London to Euston, Paddington etc.

Please reply to this blog if you might know someone who would be interested in joining him.




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Garden drainage expert needed

This is what happened after the heavy rains over Easter. Almost our entire garden under water. It’s often got waterlogged but this was far worse than usual. It also doesn’t help that the soil in our garden is pretty poor and composed largely of clay.

If anyone can recommend garden drainage experts, I’d be very grateful. 

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The Green Rooms hotel in Station Road wants to convert its yard into a peaceful garden, a place where people can sit and lunch. but it needs some backing to action the plan. Help make Wood Green a better place for all!

Receive TWO COCKTAILS here in August when you pledge £15 to the Wood Green Lunch Garden project! That's a DEAL! (link: https://www.spacehive.com/woodgreengarden) spacehive.com/woodgreengarden

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