Small Businesses in East London

Small Businesses in East London

For many, lockdown has been a time for self-reflection as well as self-improvement, whether you chose to sharpen a skillset or perfect the perfect banana loaf (and scoff it). Well, businesses were no exception.  

When hundreds of shops were forced to temporarily close earlier this year, a number of small, independent retailers took the opportunity to venture online. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite East London independents for you to check out. 

Cups & Jars

Organic grocers Cups & Jars are located in Forest Gate and offer a selection of fresh produce, as well as the expertly brewed coffee, homemade sandwiches, cakes and pastries. Proudly plastic free, you can support this environmentally minded company by visiting their website and ordering your own locally sourced baked good and brew. 

Location: 108 Woodgrange Rd, Forest Gate, London E7 0EW


As everybody spends increasingly more time at home, houseplants are becoming rather popular. East London is home to the first plant boutique dedicated to cacti and other pretty succulents. With a selection of unusual and exotic plants available, you can shop online and order yourself a spiky, green friend for the new year ahead. 

Location: 492 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE


Passione Vino

When it comes to artisanal Italian wine, Passione Vino know a thing or two. Perfect for Christmas presents, the East London based shop will introduce you to a world of wine wonders. You may even like to organise a wine tasting event with your friends for when lockdown rules ease. Offering next day nationwide delivery, you can have a glass of wine in hand, pronto. 

Location: 85 Leonard Street, EC2 A4QS


Whether you’re looking for exquisite jewellery, elegant homeware or a cosy, winter jumper, Momosan offers a curated selection of unique pieces from Japan and the UK. From renowned Asian pottery, to artisan pillows from local, British textile designers, and incredible ceramic teapots, you can shop online via the link below. 

Location: Momosan Shop, 79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG 

Labour and Wait

Established in 2000 in the heart of East London's market district, Labour and Wait offer an evolving range of timeless, functional products for everyday life. From crafted toolboxes to useful books, there is something for everyone… even the person who you think has everything! 
Location: 85 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ

Each of these recommended venues are in line with the current COVID-19 safety regulations, and we recommend following the official UK guidelines for staying safe outside of your home. Please ensure you check individual websites for updated information.  

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