Due to the ongoing spread of coronavirus in the UK, we’re all being advised to self-isolate and only leave the house for food shopping and other necessities. Small businesses are taking a huge hit and need our support more than ever. That’s why we’ve put together this list of black-owned stores in and around London that are stocking the essentials you need right now.
Herbalmix – 419 Whitehorse Road, CR7 82D, Croydon
Herbalmix specialises in Jamaican and African herbal remedies to boost your immune system – which we all need now more than ever. Come here for natural teas and tonic drinks to keep your body strong and healthy right now. You can also stock up on natural hair and skincare products.
Jennie’s Tropical – 213 East Street, SE17 2SS, Walworth
Jennie’s Tropical sells Afro-Caribbean groceries and ready meals to locals in south London, close to Elephant & Castle station.
This online store (which also has a physical space in the Luton Indoor Market) stocks health, hygiene and skincare essentials that you might have to fight for in the supermarkets right now. Shop here as well for seasonings, cooking oil and kitchen utensils.
OTG Afro Foods stocks a wide variety of essential foodstuffs from Africa and the Caribbean, including rice, fruit and vegetables, and both fresh meat and ready meals.
Afro-Caribbean Supermarket, 15 Central Parade, CR0 0JB, New Addington
Afro-Caribbean supermarket in Croydon sells food, drinks and other groceries from Nigeria, Ghana and Jamaica.
Neter Vital – 25 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PB, Brixton
Neter Vital specialises in alternative medicines, organic foods and skincare. Staying in, you are bound to face a change in your diet or eating routine, but you can get a fix of healthy supplements right here. You can also shop from Neter Vital online.
Pempamsie – Brixton, Lewisham & Mitcham
If you’ve got health concerns such as blood pressure, cancer and diabetes, coronavirus poses an even bigger threat to you – so you should definitely stay home. Pempamsie stocks natural remedies and organic foods which help ease the effects of these illnesses – ask someone to go to one of their three branches for you.
219 London Road, Mitcham, CR4 2JD
1 Goldcrest House, 34 Lee High Road, Lewisham, SE13 5FH
102 Brixton Hill, London, SW2 1AH
The Black Butcher – Hackney & Croydon
Come to The Black Butcher for fresh meat and fish, as well as ready-cooked Caribbean meals and patties if you’re planning on stocking up on supplies.
The Black Butcher locations:
414 Mare St, E8 1GY, Hackney
21-23 Church Street, CR0 1RH, Croydon
Uncle John’s Bakery, 76 West Green Road, N15 5NS, Tottenham
Uncle John’s Bakery is a staple for Ghanaian specialist baked goods in Tottenham. They’ll keep your cupboards full of breads, cakes and savoury snacks.
Afrobuy sources essential groceries from all over the Caribbean and Africa that you can easily buy online. If you can’t make it out the house, trust that you can get basic foodstuffs delivered to your doorstep.
Our partner Caribe’ has collaborated with Lagniappe Food to create Carnival lunch boxes that you can get delivered to your house. From Wednesday 25 March, if you live in or around Brixton you can pre-packed roti or rice boxes delivered straight to your house, either to eat straight away or freeze for later. For more information and to make an order, see their Instagram post here.