Shops and pubs reopened today under London’s new Tier 2 restrictions - but businesses warned there is a tough Christmas ahead.

A Maida Vale lifestyle store is appealing for residents to return to the high street and support independent traders when shops reopen ahead of Christmas.

An eco-conscious family business is encouraging customers to enjoy the festive period “luxuriously but sustainably” by renting their Christmas trees this winter.

An organic health store in Crouch End has dusted itself down having been burgled four days after the launch of its online delivery service.

“Over lockdown everyone wanted bright and colourful uplifting things for their houses, as life was dreary and people were stuck at home, and they came to us to get them.”

Inspired by his childhood memories of making Christmas decorations with his grandparents, a Golders Green graduate has launched a business selling craft sets.

The former Sylvester Fine Art in Belsize Village is set to become an organic food store.

Dunn’s bakery is returning to Muswell Hill for the first time since World War Two.

MPs for Camden, Haringey, Barnet and Westminster have thrown their support behind the Ham&High’s Shop Local campaign.

There will be more homemade Christmas presents in West Hampstead this year following an injection of creativity during lockdown.

“I’m kind of in love with this little idea of bringing back some lovely old memories for people.”

With coronavirus restrictions in place, the events industry has found innovative ways to keep children entertained this Halloween.

A Kentish Town business aims to highlight humanitarian issues and to provide a marketplace for Palestinian people to sell their goods.

Trixie Greenwood always loved baking, but after graduating university during the pandemic, an idea took shape: It was time to turn a hobby into a business.

World champion boxer Anthony Joshua has thrown his heavyweight behind a Temple Fortune jewellers celebrating its 50th anniversary on the high street.

Returning to its roots as a fishmonger’s meant the Wet Fish Café was able to mitigate its losses at the height of lockdown.

A new West Hampstead restaurant was stunned to receive 450 applications for front-of-house jobs within 48 hours as it prepared to open earlier in October.

Three-quarters of independent shops in St John’s Wood say they fear for their future in the high street.

This year, our favourite independent shops have been hit again and again and again.

“If you ask any retailer, it’s the last three or four weeks before Christmas where you make your money, and I honesty don’t know how it’s going to go.”

Of 16 independent traders in Hampstead and Highgate spoken to by the Ham&High, every single one has emphasised how vital local support is for our high streets.

Hampstead’s shops are united in calling for customers to trust them and come out and shop locally as lockdown eases and non-essential stores open their doors.


Let’s get physical! One of the dangers of lockdown is to be lulled into laziness, watching too many box sets, and eating and drinking too much, but there is no excuse to not start exercising to get fit and stay healthy.

Collège Français Billngue de Londres in Kentish Town offers the best of French and English education to Nursery pupils through to Year 10.

UK Government Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced extra measures to support workers and businesses throughout winter, including a furlough scheme extension paying 80 per cent of staff wages.

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