Supporting an independent business is for life, not just for Christmas.
It’s been a pleasure to create this guide to south east London’s independent businesses offering ideas for shop-local gifts and markets this festive season. South east London if jam packed with creative and wonderful businesses and talented people go forth and prosper. Rosanna Head
Bringing you joy, peace and merryment.
Artisans, makers, builders, crafters, fixers, eco warriors.
Shop local this Christmas.
Intoart is an art and design studio in South London working inclusively with people with learning disabilities. Their vision is for people with learning disabilities to be visible, equal and established artists and designers. Designed by Intoart, the candles are hand poured in small batches by Otter candle Co. Available in two designs by Intoart artists ‘Zebra Eye’ artwork by Ntiense Eno-Amooquaye ‘Botanical’ artwork by Christian Ovonlen. Vegan, Free of parabens, made with coconut & soy wax. Fig & Spiced Apple / Orange Cedarwood & Cinnamon. 100% sales support Intoart.
www.intoart.org.uk / @intoart_uk
Me on the Map
Mark at Me on the Map, creates typographic street and borough maps of South East London. Originally hand drawn, the street maps feature every road and green space in an area and can be personalised to highlight where you live. He has a mini exhibition at Jerome’s Wine Bar in Crofton Park at the moment, so if you’re in the area, do pop in!
www.meonthemap.co.uk / @MeOnTheMap
Greenwich Paper Studio
Greenwich Paper Studio which is a modern print & stationery brand specialising in bold prints, graphic patterns & colour.
As an eco conscious business we use recycled card stock for all our products and biodegradable packaging.
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet
Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet are offering fun, feel good 70s & 80s disco parties via Zoom If you’ve got a birthday coming up, fancy a virtual get-together with friends or family or need a work knees-up get in touch. It’s the best night IN ever! They also have a Xmas Disco Bingo Party on Sat December 12th. Tickets £10
www.haventstoppeddancingyet.co.uk @haventstoppeddancingyet Twitter: @H_S_D_Y Facebook: @Haven’t Stopped Dancing Yet!
Beckenham based candle maker Bloomed London. Hand poured soy wax candles scented with essential oils. Botanically Inspired, Bloomed creates fragrances designed to compliment the spaces you have created in your home. Inspired by botanicals, each scent is blended with a mood and space in mind.
Bloomed candles are hand-poured in south east London using sustainably sourced soy wax, aromatherapy grade essential oils and luxury fragrance oils.
Hand Made in SE20 create modern patchwork quilts and cushions along with lots of other things such as environmentally friendly fabric bowl covers.
Mockingbird Makes is all about creating fibre arts that fill you with joy! Creativity is so important for our mental health and Shannon is very passionate about spreading that message. From technicolor Unicorns & bright Llamas to crocheted plants for those that struggle to keep real ones alive (like me) Shannon’s range has a huge feel good factor.
Red Face Prints
Based in Crystal Palace, Sinead Taylor makes vibrant location prints with loads of south east locations in there (always more to do though!).
The Bottle Shop
Brighten up everyone’s Christmas this year with a gift from the Bottle Bar and Shop. How about CHRISTMAS IN A BOTTLE, CRANBERRY GIN or some DAMSON GIN LIQUER to get the party started from handmade bottled cocktails and infusion specialists – Bottle Bar and Shop.
Little Box of Local was set up with the aim of supporting as many South London makers as possible, Inside are five gifts, all handmade in our area: solid moisturiser heart, ceramic Christmas tree bauble, chocolate Christmas slab, shell earrings and citrus scented candle. Available here.
Five Dot Botanics
A local business, Five Dot Botanics is an independent skincare brand from SE23 Honor Oak Park. An independent plant-based skincare brand for men and women. Everything is made in Britain. The sets come gift-wrapped.
Mabel’s Five And Dime
A vintage and retro shop, stocking everything from bric-a-brac and vinyl to vintage homeware and fashion. Also have plenty of haberdashery, patterns & fabric for all the home sewers. At the back of the shop is the courtyard where you will find garden posts, rustic tools & wooden ladders.
Open – Thursday/Friday 10-3.30 & Saturday 10-4, Kirkdale, London SE26
Lindo 2 Wheels
Two-wheeled bike and scooter servicing haven in Kirkdale. Up-cycled almost new bikes for the family, bike servicing and health checks, an an array of handy house tools and an array of gifts. Go and have a browse in this wonderful cave of bike nik-naks, scooter accessories and more.
The team at Shop SE19, the community team which helps Crystal Palace’s indie traders with co-ordinated in-store events, will be keeping their social media feeds updated with spontaneous plans and happenings. You can keep an eye on their website www.se19lates.com, their Twitter and Instagram feeds (both @SE19lates) and their Facebook page for all the latest information. Sadly, the extremely popular full-scale SE19 LATES evening events are not on the cards this December in Crystal Palace, owing to necessary safety and crowd-reduction restrictions; but that’s not holding Crystal Palace back on organising smaller scale treats for locals and plenty of opportunities to shop small, indie and local.
The courtyard market at Haynes Lane will be buzzing every weekend with Saturday’s Crystal Palace Foodmarket and the vintage and collectors’ market, and the spacious new venue Free The Gallery at Haynes Lane, trading throughout the weekend, along with refill shops Roots & Cycles and The Store Cupboard. Our fantastic indie gift shops have been dabbling with virtual showcases and click and collect during lockdown 2. The Bookseller Crow has been zooming along with book groups and virtual tours via YouTube. UNLH – Our library has developed a very exciting streaming and entertainment programme and will be welcoming Santa and his reindeer in December, a craft market and a Zoom Santa experience. Crystal Palace has also seen some exciting new openings and turnarounds in 2020. Newcomer contemporary vegan cakes and luscious plants from The Vaults Collective is now open on Westow Hill in the old Barclays Bank, new free-from bakery and refill emporium La Amazonas arrived in the summer, two new cafes Bloom’s on Westow Hill and Colairo’s on Westow Street will keep you stocked up with all-day festive cheer and goodies. Our pubs and bars (including the Sparrowhawk, The Alma, Craft & Courage and new arrival Varanda have been hard at work renovating their outdoor spaces to create welcoming winter gardens for your bubbles. All topped off with a community crowd-funded Christmas tree and some festive cheer organised by the Crystal Festival team which will be arriving around 10th December.”
Edible Rotherhithe is a community food growing, gardening and arts charity based in Southwark. The charity works between schools, educational facilities and community centres to offer food growing, gardening and arts and crafts workshops for children and parents. All money raised from sale of merchandise at www.ediblerotherhithe.org.uk will go towards funding after-school clubs and community-based arts projects for children in Rotherhithe. Prices range from between £10 for a lino print to £25 for a hand-printed limited edition apron.”
“The spirit of Dulwich distilled”
Dulwich is named for the wild dill meadows that used to grow there. Wild dill flowers can still be seen in the many parks and green spaces of the village. Inspired by this history we’ve created a classic London Dry Gin with a contemporary twist. Alongside more traditional botanicals we use dill to give our gin soft floral and lemony citrus notes with juniper and a hint of aniseed to follow. No two bottles of Dulwich Gin are the same each remixing Georgian portraits from the Dulwich Picture Gallery in endlessly unique combinations of characters and colours. For every bottle sold we make a contribution to support the Gallery’s community art programmes. For Christmas we are selling our gin at £30 a bottle instead of the usual £35. If you are a South East London local we will include delivery in that price. Please order through email@example.com quoting SE London blog.
This Christmas, Write Sparks are selling their ‘The Story of Me and You’ Christmas package; the perfect gift for mothers and grandmothers. Give her everything she needs to create a beautiful book of writing to keep for her children when they grow up. A future family heirloom! The package contains a beautiful hardback, fabric-covered journal in a keepsake gift box, both with traditionally-pressed gold foil titles. It also includes a gift voucher giving full access to their popular online creative writing course for mums, to guide her through the creation of a collection of writing to keep for her children. Write Sparks can send the parcel directly to your lucky recipient, with a personalised handwritten note, in time for Christmas.For all the details, please see here: https://www.writesparks.co.uk/story-of-me-and-you-shop/
Founded in June of 2020, The Brockley Botanist specialises in dehydrated and preserved flower arrangements, which are inspired by the parks of South London. Our aim is to offer an equally beautiful but more sustainable, better value and ultimately longer lasting alternative to buying freshly cut flowers. With bouquets named after Telegraph Hill, Ladywell Fields and Nunhead Cemetery to name a few, these colourful and striking bouquets will last for up to a year, so truly are a wonderful investment. We also have some great wintry and Christmas options for a more natural approach to your Christmas decor or they make for wonderful gifts. Head to www.thebrockleybotanist.co.ukor @thebrockleybotanist on Instagram to see for yourself!
The Brockley Botanist.
Julia Anduiza runs an online vintage homeware store called Celia Homeware. It is a treasure trove of colourful and charming vintage and second-hand, hand-picked homeware. Julia founded the business nearly 2 months ago and tells us it’s been quite a journey! “I wanted to create a space where I was able to help others find wonderful home accents whilst promoting the need to consume consciously.” Julia said. Free collection in SE14.
Beautiful hand drawn fine art giclee prints celebrating your favourite locals across south east London. My Facade AKA Ryan & Ellen a local creative family living in South London who absolutely love local businesses. The vibrancy & community spirit that resonate from these venues absolutely defines the local neighbourhood. The team are branching out from their corner of South East London and endeavour to celebrate these favourite & much loved businesses!
Jane Aebi Neals Yard Parties
Skincare and well being can be organic, ethical, kind to animals, free of synthetic chemicals and carbon neutral.
Jane offer Neals Yard parties in the south east, or you can host your own. She also offers one to one, workshops, Christmas gift boxes and can help with any questions you may have.
Savour By Saskia
Saskia Hawkins owns a small organic baking company in South East London called Savour by Saskia. The bakes change weekly and follow the seasons. They are beautifully packaged in recyclable/biodegradable packaging, and wrapped in tissue paper so make lovely gifts. Local delivery and online shop available.
Two Spoons, Advent Lottery
Two Spoons is a bustling café by day and a relaxed, speakeasy bar by night located in Honor Oak Park.
Two Spoons is happy to announce an Advent lottery, where you put your name into our lottery pool and we will reveal the winner every Sunday leading up to Christmas via Instagram. The winners will receive a prize from Two Spoons. They will announce each winner and their prize every Sunday leading up to Christmas.
Stop by so you don’t miss out and good luck.
Shannon Garden Centre
Shannon Garden Centre is a family based independent garden centre serving the local community for over 30 years. Currently they have a great selection of Christmas trees, lights- indoor and out – battery and electric. Also wreaths and lots of ideas for gifts.
Classical PopUps brings brilliant live music to the local community. Founded and run by local professional musician Sali-Wyn Ryan, they specialise in interesting collaborations and creating performances in more unusual venues. All of the musicians have incredible biographies themselves – often performers with orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and long running West End shows. This year has had a catastrophic impact on the Arts and Classical PopUps welcomes any opportunity to become involved with local community and small businesses. This Christmas they are offering fantastic deals: Live festive music, at highly competitive prices. Whether you would like a tiny group in the corner of your restaurant, a String Quartet around the Christmas tree, or a handful of brass players outside your shop door, please get in touch and negotiations can begin! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and for all info please visit www.classicalpopups.com
The Hill Trader Christmas Shop and Market
The Hill Trader is a pop up community shop in the Hill Station cafe which is located on Telegraph Hill, New Cross.
They sell a huge range of locally handmade and handcrafted goods by local artists, designers and makers.
They are having a mini pop up Christmas market Saturday 12th Dec outside the cafe 11-4pm.
Clare McGregor Artist
Clare is a South East London-based artist, trained in Fine Art at Central Saint Martins art school.
Clare is currently available for commissions of painted portraits or pencil drawings, mainly sized A2 or A3 (depending on preference).
Perfect for a personalised Christmas gift!
Nia Parker List has her own jewellery brand About November based in Sydenham. Nia is originally from North Yorkshire lives in South East London with her partner Dave and baby boy River. Before she started About November she was a fashion buyer and then started her career in jewellery and has been eager to start her own brand ever since. Ten years later she took the plunge!
Nia’s aim is to bring stylish, quality jewellery that’s made to last at less than the typical retail price. All pieces are sterling silver with high quality finishes and fastenings. The label focuses on minimal, quality earrings that underline your style. about-november.com
Antenna Gin is handmade and double distilled in a pure copper still and brings together all natural, exotic vegan ingredients for a fresh and fruity London Dry.
With a clean palate, gently layered Kaffir Lime leaves blend with Eucalyptus, Lemon peel & Lemongrass, joining Juniper and other secret botanicals for a G&T that will certainly leave you refreshed yet wanting more.
Available to buy exclusively from Craft & Courage, 28 Westow Hill in SE19 where they aim to be distilling (on site) in 2021.
When I Decorate Things
Elizabeth Knapp makes brightly coloured resin and mixed media art, jewellery and small pieces. She hand-paints and decorates wooden items – from small ornaments to furniture.
Prices start at a few pounds, so ideal for Xmas gifts (http://www.whenidecoratethings.co.uk/).
Elizabeth is currently taking part in the Exhibit 12 exhibition of 12 Crystal Palace artists (https://www.exhibit12.co.uk/). She will be selling some of her art and smaller items at Upper Norwood Library Hub’s Xmas markets on 13 and 20 December.
Delicious Cheesecake London
Delicious cheesecake London is a local Brockley cheesecake business started during lockdown to make people happy with their sweet treats from cookies and cream with an oreo base to gulten free strawberry cheesecakes.
Their business is going from strength to strength and they want the Brockley community and surrounding areas to know that these cheesecakes are delicious and different flavours can be made for anyone who wants to add a bit of sass to there cakes. They offer a range of flavours.
Vardo wishes everyone a well deserved break at xmas with loved ones, we’re open through the festive period for comfort gifts and curated vintage items, drop in or buy at vardoshop.co.uk.
Along side their Reclaimed external and internal doors, scaffold boards, reclaimed flooring and bespoke kitchens Dulwich Reclamation sell vintage ceramics, kitchenalia and curios carefully curated to adorn our reclaimed shelves!
Fish on the rock was established in 2019 off the back of Covid-19. They sell and deliver clean and a wide array of fish and sea food straight to your home, especially those who are vulnerable. Their aim is to help people stay safe from going out where they don’t need to. This company prides themselves on providing the best taste and value for money, and has grown from word of mouth. Customers always call back for more. They are fully engaged with their community and have the appropriate C19 regulations and safety precautions in place. They deliver from London to as far as Folkestone helping as much as they can. I can vouch for these guys the prawns, lobster, sea bass and parrot fish I’ve had have all been very fresh and tasty, Mike is now my go to guy and he’s one of the good guys. Call 07920136655
or 07877968389. Instagram @fishontherocklmhttps://www.instagram.com/fishontherocklm/?hl=en
Wigwam Toy Shop is a small independent toy shop on Rosendale road, run by West Dulwich mum of three, Katie. It stocks a great range of toys including beautiful wooden toys, soft toys, games, puzzles, eco friendly toys, educational toys and gifts.www.wigwamfamily.co.ukwigwam_toy_shopwd (insta) email@example.com
L’Oculto, based in SE4 and a favourite amongst the locals has a great selection of wine boxes, gift hampers, artisan cheeses, raw honey and lots of great stocking fillers for this Christmas. They also do gift vouchers, redeemable at both their shop and towards dinner. Everything is available in store or via their online shoploculto.co.uk, with new products being added in the lead up towards Christmas. You can choose to collect your order in-store, or have it delivered. They’ll also put together a bespoke hamper if you’re after something really personal. Make someone’s Christmas just that little bit more special this year.
www.loculto.co.uk Instagram @Locultose4