Lockdown: how to eat and other ideas

The Old Vic is closed too

Updated 5 April 9pm

As of Monday 23 March, evening, the UK is also (like Italy and many other countries) in lockdown. The world is basically on hold.

This is a tragic, unprecedented catastrophe which will have consequences for a long, long time. The human loss, the financial crisis, the emotional impact are unfathomable.

And on a day to day level, life is a little bit harder. Food is scarce thanks to panic buying, non essential shops are closed, hand sanitisers are like gold dust.

Bloggers unite!

  • My friend Sonia has a comprehensive post on food deliveries in London
  • My friend Giulia published a post on coffee shops that – despite being closed – can supply coffee online.
  • My friend Jenn of Chocolate Ecstasy Tours links to chocolate producers who offer delivery, very useful for Easter (and any day of lockdown!) here.
  • Another very helpful post on independent producers offering delivery is by Eat Like a Girl.
  • An interesting post by food writer Clare Hargreaves focusing on cheese delivered

Below are my additions to their useful listings, bearing in mind things change quickly so I will try to keep this up to date as much as I can. Any further tips, do let me know!

Groceries & household supplies

With chain supermarkets not offering any delivery slots, it is a golden moment for independent suppliers. Yet demand has driven them to capacity so it’s not always easy to manage to sign up as new customers. In addition to Sonia‘s list:


  • Milk & More: at capacity but keep checking.
  • Eco Refill: genius delivery service package free. More stock coming soon.
  • Le Marché des Chefs: Local family business that supplies produce to restaurants and is now delivering to individuals.
  • I A Harris and Sons traditionally fruit & veg, now also delivering essentials such as milk and eggs. Min order £20, seem to have capacity
  • Nife is Life: long-standing Italian groceries online (added 30/3)
  • Good Sixty via Borough Market retailers (apparently no slots till mid April)
  • Bobtailfruit.co.uk Based in SE1, usually supply offices but switching to home delivery (fruit/veg/milk)
  • Panzers Deli: stocked up regularly, delivers in North London area
  • The Camden Grocer: groceries delivered to NW1 (added 30/3)
  • Husk & Honey granola: the good stuff, delivered.(added 27/3)
  • The Italians Chiswick: Italian groceries (added 30/3)
  • Farmer J: British groceries delivered (added 1/4)
  • Park Farm: cheese, delivered next day (added 1/4)
  • Daylesford Organic: fresh groceries and kitchen staples (added 1/4)
  • Greensmiths on Lower Marsh can prepare boxes of groceries for pick up or local delivery (added 5/4)

Restaurants meals

  • Maremma restaurant: cooked meals delivered locally (Brixton, delivery £5) (added 30/3)
  • Food & Drink 161: deliveries mostly to SE postcodes, but good selection of wine and bespoke meals too. (added 27/3)
  • Klose & Soan: frozen ready meals, delivered (SE London) (added 28/3)
  • 24 the Oval: meals, call & collect in Oval (added 28/3)
  • London Kitchen Delivery: catering staff cooking food-weekly menu inc. puddings & wine, London delivery £10 (added 1/4)
  • Sosij: Sunday roasts, delivered, 15% off for NHS staff (added 2/4)
  • The Camberwell Arms: cooked meals and groceries for pick up and free delivery to SE5, SE15 and SE22 (added 5/4)
  • Little Lusciousness: ‘supperclub’ food delivered in W9 – check her instagram for menus and details (added 5/4)
  • Tila in Deptford prepares meals to order for pick up (added 5/4)

Bread & bakeries

  • Paul Rhodes: bread, delivered (based in Greenwhich) (added 28/3)
  • Crosstown donuts: boxes of donuts and groceries, available from 2 April (added 28/3)
  • Vanilla Black Baker: bread by order made by Kennington baker Emilie, £4 per artisan loaf, safely delivered @kenningtonbreadclub
  • The Snapery Bakery in SE1 delivers wonderful sourdough and treats (added 1/4)
  • Miel Bakery: delivers a whole sourdough kit, including yeast (added 2/4)

Fruit & Veg

  • 2 Serve Wholesale 07711957553 Email: orders@2-serve.co.uk Single box £12 Family box £20 Lg Family box £36
  • Smith and Brock Christophe@smithandbrook.com Box 1 fruit & veg £45 Box 2 mix veg £25 box 3 dairy £15 box 4 mix fruit £25
  • New Covent Garden Market – they own suppliers will deliver fruit/veg, seem to have capacity
  • Oddbox: fruit & veg boxes with saved from waste, fantastic products. No new orders at the moment but they are working on it.
  • Pale Green Dot: fruit & veg delivered. Seems they have availability.
  • Wonkyveg: as above, veg saved from landfill, also at capacity for now.
  • Rotten Fruit Box: freeze dried, saved from landfill snacking fruit. Not quite your weekly shop but can also help!
  • Vincenzo ltd: fruit & veg boxes delivered within M25, £40 (added 29/3)
  • Coffee Bean Shop: now offering fruit & veg boxes for £29 (added 1/4)

Regional & meat

  • Discover Delicious: small producers’ products from Wales
  • Duchy Charchuterie: cornish made charcuterie, availability
  • Ethical Butcher: high welfare meat selection. Some items still in stock.
  • Boston Sausage: family butchers from Boston, Lincolnshire; they have a sausage stand at Borough Market and deliver a variety of meats throughout the UK. Low on stock.
  • Frankland’s butchers, Vauxhall Street.  020 7735 5627.  can take orders over the phone and deliver.
  • Farmison: meat delivered (added 30/3)
  • The Upper Scale: fish mongers, next day delivery to London (added 3/4)
  • Fish! Borough Market now delivers fresh fish & groceries (added 5/4)


  • Stannary Wines: delivering quality wines at trade prices in London (added 2/4)
  • Aquaplus: natural mineral water, delivered free in London (added 30/3)

Household / personal hygiene

  • Rivers Remedies: a lovely shop based in Lower Marsh selling online all things household & personal hygiene, with refill options too!
  • Who Gives a Crap? the best toilet paper ever. Sold out at the moment but once back online, you can buy with £5 off via this link.
  • Eco Refill: as above they also sell household items. More stock coming soon.
  • Bloom & Wild: flowers, safely delivered
Photo credit: Oddbox

Italian food & groceries

  • Nife is life: London’s first italian online grocery. A lot of stock sold out but still some availability
  • Prezzemolo & Vitale: two outlets in London, very good quality products from Italy. Also running at capacity
  • Tentazioni UK: formerly only catering supply, they now deliver to household customers
  • Delicatezza: fresh pasta and dairy as well as groceries. Also at capacity but working on it.
  • Italian coffee: both my local favourite 80 Stone and my friend Terrone are small independent italian roasters and sell online, so by making a purchase you’ll be supporting their businesses.
  • Mercato Metropolitano: both locations (Elephant & Castle and Mayfair) are open for grocery shopping and offer delivery
  • BellaVita: they have now opened to retail
  • Gastronomica: delivered next day, and everything that I ordered! (added 3/4)
  • Delitalia: now delivering to retail too (added 3/)

Be good if you can

This is just my personal suggestion, but so many industries are massively suffering from having to close down. Consider supporting them by donating or buying gift vouchers to provide some cash flow at a time of no activity if you can.

Some ideas:

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