Mid-June update: This was our most-read & most-shared post ever. Following the reopening of ‘non essential’ shops the content is now a bit out of date – many more of our local traders have reopened, and the range of services has increased. A very special thanks to all our readers made an extra effort to help local traders going. We’re not out of the woods yet, but every bit of trade helps get through the worst of it.
It’s going to be a tough few months for everyone. But one group who particularly need our support is the traders of Lavender Hill! Many are still open, still stocked, and ready to serve takeaways and delivery to the neighbourhood. Please make the most of the huge range on our doorstep – and maybe explore a few more of the local options you’ve not yet had a chance to try out. We’ve collected the details we know about who is offering what. We’ve also flagged any restaurants that are especially new (including two that opened the week before the lockdown), as the first weeks and months are a challenge even at the best of times.
Restaurants & Cafes
El Patio – Tapas Bar & restaurant, 171 Lavender Hill (where The Lavender used to be – they’re actually a reopening of the same restaurant that was there before The Lavender). Brand new – just opened the week before the lockdown! Very enthusiastic and have quickly become part of the neighbourhood despite the very unlucky timing – they’re offering delicious meals for takeaway, as well as delivery via deliveroo. We’ve also had excellent feedback from many of of our readers. Telephone 020 7738 1888 or elpatio.uk/takeaway. The latest updates are generally on the ElPatioTapasBar page on Facebook.
Donna Margherita at 183 Lavender Hill – our long established local Italian restaurant is still doing takeaway and delivery, and have now converted the former dining area to be able to sell a wide range of quality food products to take away Wednesday to Saturday (fruit, eggs, fresh bread, sauces, even the ever-elusive dried pasta) – with no queues either! 020 7228 2660 / 07483 914284, and more details here.
Costa do Estoril – Our local Portuguese cafe and restaurant is open (to roughly the usual hours), for takeaway only.
Maiolica Cafe – New – Sicilian cafe which opened a couple of months ago, on Wandsworth Road, not far from the eastern end of Lavender Hill (where The Roastery used to be). A range of cooked breakfasts, pastas and salads. Open for takeaway, and also for delivery via Deliveroo & Just Eat. They also have a range of vegetables, fruit, bread, eggs and other foods for sale, and are doing free delivery of a fruit and veggies case in the immediate neighbourhood – with consistently excellent service. 789 Wandsworth Road, 07955 007000.
Lavender Hill Fish & Chips – New – the long absence of a fish & chip shop, following the closure of Salisbury’s, was finally addressed when they open a few weeks ago, at 23 Lavender Hill. Your author hasn’t yet been but the reports back from others are very good. Offering takeaway and now also delivery via Deliveroo.
Sendero coffee – The coffee shop at the corner of Lavender Hill and Queenstown Road, as well as the brand new one at 37 Patcham Terrace (see our article here if you hadn’t realised they had two branches!) remain open for takeaway, with revised opening hours They are also selling a small range of food and fruit.
Cafe Parisienne (cafe & all day breakfast…) – offering bacon sarnies, and an extensive menu of cafe foods, as well as sandwiches, soups and fresh juices. Our long established local (ever cheerful owner Kazim is pictured below!) remains open for takeaway. 225 Lavender Hill, 020 7924 5523.
Pizzeria Pellone – Neapolitan wood fired pizza, currently open and offering home delivery via deliveroo et al. 020 8062 7133 / pizzeriapellonelondon.co.uk
I Cook U Eat – Lebanese restaurant. Brand new – with particularly awkward timing, our first Lebanese restaurant opened for the first time this week at 62 Lavender Hill, where Howdy was previously. Open for collection, as well as for delivery via Just Eat. 020 7228 0222. Link to menu.
Khan’s Indian Restaurant – well established with a lower-fat-than-average curry free of suspiciously garish colourings. Remains open for takeaway (call in advance for a generally accurate estimate of collection time – usually between 15 and 25 minutes), and for delivery via the likes of Deliveroo. Link to website & menu.
Palace Spice – our ever popular curry house is still open for takeaway, as well as the usual delivery options. Link to website. 020 7207 3925.
Tumnan Thai – still open and offering takeaway, as well as delivery via the likes of Deliveroo. 163 Lavender Hill. 020 7223 1046 / 020 7978 7077. Link to menu.
Siam Brasserie – 87 Lavender Hill – still open for takeaway and delivery. 020 8244 8319.
Nancy Lam’s Enak Enak (Indonesian). Our long established Indonesian restaurant (over 30 years on Lavender Hill!) remains open from Wednesday to Saturday, for collection only. 020 7924 3148. Link to Menu.
Social Pantry Cafe – still open on significantly reduced hours, and offering takeaway food and quality coffee – as well as delivery of breakfast, lunch and dinner packs – details here.
Sightly further afield from Lavender Hill, Pi Pizza at the top of Battersea Rise is running a delivery-only service via Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat – details here.
Basilico pizza, Da Vinci Pizza, Firezza and Pizza Hut delivery are also open as usual for delivery only. Basilico and Pizza Hut are no longer allowing collection-in-store.
Sweet Smile (bakery). New – [update – SweetSmile are temporarily closed, due to an equipment fault that’s unrelated to Coronavirus, but which can’t be fixed for now! Terrible luck, but we’ll report as soon as things are up and running again] Our local bakery has been making waves since they opened a couple of months ago, with breads and pastries of all kinds, and Portuguese treats. They are trialling a Saturday delivery option within a 1 mile radius. Details will be at facebook.com/sweetsmileclapham.
It’s not just restaurants and cafes though – while the supermarkets and food stores saw more trade than they ever expected for the first couple of weeks, and many others (including all the charity shops, salons, barbers and hairdressers) have of course closed, some of our more specialist shops who are used to getting custom from far and wide, now need a hand too – so try to think about them first if you’re looking at online and delivery options.
Decor Express – Lavender Hill store still open for now (with a 2-metre queue spacing marked out on the ground outside). They’re encouraging everyone to use click and collect wherever possible – the website has a fair part of the range on it, though there are other things also available that aren’t on the website like wood, plaster and mixed paints. They are also able to do contact-free delivery to nearby locations. Note that they have a large stock of blue cleaning paper rolls. Details here.
Barkers at 8 Queenstown Road remains open for household and hardware essentials. Maximum 2 in the shop at one time. 020 7622 0122.
Fabrics galore – another top spot for crafts if you can sew (or want to learn how to – and there’s probably never been a better time than now…). The Lavender Hill shop is closed for visotors, but still full of staff and stock – and the online store is definitely open. 020 7738 9589 – link.
LHP Lavender plumbing merchants at 2 Queenstown Road are open more or less as usual
Woofs to Kittys dog grrooming and pet supplies, tucked away up on Taybridge Road (between Lavender Hill and Clapham Common) is closed for grooming, but open as usual for supplies with revised opening hours (mornings Monday to Friday, and early afternoon Saturdays) and at-the-door service, with delivery also possible for orders over £30. – details here.
The London Framing Studio – every kind of picture framing! Still open, even though the shop is of course closed – they can arrange collection and delivery – details on their website. 020 7223 9334 or 07471 653 019.
Hamiltons Dry Cleaners are open as usual but with hugely reduced opening hours (Saturday only, 10am-4pm). 07447 000633 for any urgent enquiries.
PowerPrint – printing and reprographics services – the shop’s closed, but some services are still running and their e-mail and telephone are still being monitored. Website. 020 7223 8953.
Gabriella Sandham Lingerie & swimwear – the shop’s closed of course, but they are still open online. 0207 223 5558 / gabriellasandham.com / 020 7223 5558.
Alex shoe repairs and key cutting – shop’s closed but can still offer services by appointment. 020 7223 4931.
Get a grip cycle workshop & sales – still open when we checked recently as cycling is currently a pretty safe way of getting around if you do need to, and repairs are also essential – but with revised opening hours and of course new rules in the shop – details on their website.
Drumshack is open for delivery and for collection at the store door – email@example.com / 020 7228 1000 / drumshack.co.uk.
Lavender Hill DIY are open as usual (with a decent level of stock, though we hear it’s been a bit of a struggle to get deliveries) – so they’re there if you need urgent hardware, but if you’re passing by they can also supply what you need for any long running DIY projects you never quite got round to, or some seeds to plant with the children…
Partridges art supplies – stuck with the kids at home for weeks? Partridges have the paint, paper, card, brushes and craft supplies you need to get creative. 020 7228 7271. (current status still to be confirmed)
All creatures vets are open, strictly by pre-appointment only, for urgent cases.
Voo vets (next to Sainsbury’s) are also open for urgent care, with other appointments by telephone or video. Latest details & procedures are on their facebook page.
2Love coffee – aren’t currently open as a cafe, but are running occasional openings, typically a couple of days a week, for sales of takeaway coffee and teabags (to make coffee & tea at home) – for details of when the next opening is see their facebook page, or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
If you know of other businesses near Lavender Hill that is doing delivery services and should be on our list, or any of the information needs updating – please let us know. And please spread the word. Let’s all help our neighbours, as well as our local traders.
We’ve focussed on Lavender Hill (as you could say it’s our speciality subject!) – but do also have a look at the list published and updated by the Junction BID, which covers the area nearer Clapham Junction station – including Northcote Road and Battersea Rise – here.
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