Community support, services, shops, local takeaways and delivered food
Help and assistance
Where to shop – locally – with times and access – (Scroll down to mid-page)
‘Take aways’ and delivered meals
Hardware & DIY Stores
Pharmacies – Chemist shops
Only refer to this information service if you agree with the following -By virtue of our attempting to provide useful information from this page we have included times of service from store managers and owners up to June 7th 2020. In the current situation you may like to check for updates direct from the ‘sources listed’. By using this service, you agree not to hold the publishers responsible for any inaccuracy or any consequence of it.
Local services respond to Covid 19
Help and assistance
Camden Council have some helpful pages
If you are a Camden resident you may find the council’s own gateway to services and local support helpful. The council web page is at https://www.camden.gov.uk/covid-19 From here you can look up a range of information services spanning, –Financial Support, Information and Guidance for individuals, families, workers and businesses.
Local Health Centres
Not on the Covid-19 front line? Then DO NOT VISIT if you think you have coronavirus symptoms. These Centres are now shut to patients. Instead visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ for direct advice and for support and local information. Also visit our council’s special web pages at https://www.camden.gov.uk/covid-19
If you are not clear about what to do, call a friend, family member or neighbour to do so for you. Even a note under the door. Try hard not to infect others but let someone know you need help.
For another good source of advice try http://www.myhealth.london.nhs.uk/ and enter your postcode.
Vital and Urgent. Call 112 or 999 for life threatening health emergencies [112 is the same as 999 but works throughout the EU]
ACCIDENT & EMERGENCY
University College Hospital at 235 Euston Road operates a 24 x 7 walk-in A&E service.
Worrying symptoms or other illnesses
We all get ill or may need medical assistance for a condition that is not a Coronavirus infection.
If you are registered at Brunswick Medical Centre you may call 0207 837 3057 Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 30 pm. The centre now suggests patients might like to use the new NHS mobile app Dr.iQ to make appointments and seek first level response. You’ll need a smartphone. Apple users go to
https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/dr-iq/id1345802108 from your phone and download the app. Android users try (but we’ve had reports of Android users having problems downloading the app. If you’re an Android user we’d welcome your feedback. Here’s the link.
If you are registered at the Hunter Street Health Centre call 0203 317 2345 or visit https://www.nhs.uk/Services/clinics/Overview/DefaultView.aspx?id=134236. We could not find an online service for Hunter Street – If you know of one please send us the details.
For general ailments or advice your local pharmacy may be your best call. And if they cannot offer a solution they will be a good source of advice for your next step. See list below.
Offer local connections, chat and help after you register to their service. Free to use, this service is funded through advertising. There are good things shared via Nextdoor as well as genuine people both offering and reaching out for help, but as a lightly monitored online service, you should take care not to be enticed by bogus offers or false fault-finding services. If you are unfamiliar with the digital Wild West and how to manage it then stay clear of all third part links.
KCBNA Kings Cross & Brunswick Neighbourhood Association: http://www.kcbna.org.uk/
KCBNA work with many different members of the Camden community and up to now provide many activities and events that residents can attend. For now, real time events will suffer from the Covid 19 imperative. KCBNA recommend the Kings Cross Ward Mutual Aid Group –(see below)
Kings Cross Ward Mutual Aid Group
As advertised by KCBNA – “Are you unable or afraid to leave your
home due to Coronavirus / Covid-19? Do you need somebody to help you run
errands, do your shopping, pick up prescriptions etc?
Are you able to support your neighbours who are self-isolating?
We can help! We are a group of local residents getting together to help support each other.
Call or text: Aisha: 07859 919989, Ed: 07792 203542, Eugene: 07917 084299, Nash: 07852 223403 or Derek: 07970 0637.”
Holborn Community Association: www.holborncommunity.co.uk
HCA overlaps our area of interest. HCA has moved their befriending service to a telephone service and has expanded calls to a larger number of older people, as well as adults and young people who are particularly vulnerable. HCA is active with many local initiatives and has good opportunities for those willing to help . Check out this link and see the forms of support and other initiatives HCA has in hand.
Where to shop, opening times and more
Local Food Stores
Next week – non-essential stores can open. For the Marchmont Community it will be a new world with fewer workers coming into our area and very few students or students to tread our streets. So we expect our local outlets to gradually adjust their opening hours as customer patterns re-emerge. All times are those given by local outlets to the Marchmont Association team on Sunday June 7th and we’ll update again in a week or so time. They came with the warning from the ‘chains’ that ‘head office’ may peremptorily change opening times due to staff availability etc. For St Pancras & Kings Cross Stations the foot traffic is light and shop hours are very variable. So, before you walk up to either station shops it would be best to check your store is open.
Our local outlets keen to support you. We’re fortunate to have them in our midst -few other neighbourhood enjoy such a range of shops. We need our local shops and they need us. So do shop locally or enjoy local services whenever you can . But when you go shopping – KEEP YOUR DISTANCE for everyone’s health
Supermarkets and their local outlets
Waitrose Brunswick Centre: Hours when last visited are 8 am to 8 pm Mon – Friday and to 7 pm on Saturday. On Sunday it’s 12.30 to 6 pm. Special hours for elderly & vulnerable are 8-9 am every day and on Sundays 11.30-12.30 am. Lines are reported to be shortest an hour after opening and the hour before closing
In addition, Waitrose are operating a special access for NHS workers. Turn up at the front of the line for immediate entry with a fast NHS worker priority check out.
People’s Supermarket– nearby at the top of Lambs Conduit Street – Mon to Sat to 10 pm, Sundays to 9 pm.
Tesco Express, Opposite Russell Square Tube: Hours changed to 7 am to 11.00 pm No priority for aged or vulnerable.
Sainsbury’s Local, Brunswick Centre: Elderly and vulnerable – always first inline no special hours 7 am-10 pm every day
Marks and Spencer – tucked way next to Boots in St Pancras Station – Food and wine only – hours variable
Waitrose Kings Cross Station (by Platform 9): Small store with all the basics but helpfully open to 10.00 pm
Fruit and Veg (Delivered)
Fresh Fruit Daily
The stall is open Monday and Tuesday, morning and afternoon on Kingsway by Twyford Place close to Holborn tube. Well known as suppliers to local businesses, the 50 + years local family business has responded to Covid-19 by reaching out to local residents.
The best thing right now is that Larry and his sons Tom and Adam will take orders by phone for free delivery to your door on the following Wednesday (for orders over £20 else small charge). Order after 8 am and before 6 pm any day for next Wednesday delivery – anywhere Bloomsbury (and local)
And it’s even better to know they are supporting the NHS and patients directly
Call Tom on 07969 836253 or Adam on 07710 527203
Visit website at http://www.freshfruitdaily.co.uk/ or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Moreish (Marchmont St) are offering fruit and veg too. See their listing for details
Small items, beverage and convenience stores
‘Supersave’ at corner of Leigh Street and Judd Street has re-opened with a good stock of staples, convenience foods, beer and wine plus household items Open 7 days – 9 am to 9 pm
‘Bloomsbury Halal’ 65 Marchmont Street Good range of basics and interesting selection of Indian and Bangladesh specialties. An oriental cook’s must. Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 6 30 pm
‘Bloomsbury Food and Wine’ 44 Tavistock Place, near junction with Marchmont Street. Produce is as the name suggests – open 7 days a week 8.00 am to 10 pm.
‘Marchmont Market’ at the Post Office, at 37 Marchmont Street 8am-8pm seven days a week.
‘Unwin’s’ (sign above the door) Wide selection of wines, spirits and beers. 84 Marchmont Street, near junction with Leigh Street. 12 noon -8 pm. Seven days a week
Other most useful local stores
Newsagents (plus) Woburn Walk Open Monday to Saturday 10 am to 3.00 pm. Michelle & Jay at this local treasure are happy to deliver news, small items and food essentials. Call 07908 456472 during the day
Holland and Barrett – The Brunswick. Opening hours: 10am – 4pm. Monday to Sunday . Only 2 customers in store at any time. Elderly and vulnerable have access for first hour of opening each day
H & B request contactless payment, where possible. Most popular items limited to 2 per person. To shop online: visit www.hollandandbarret.com 0330 058 2025 (select 0 for service)
Alara Health Shop 58-60 Marchmont Street
Opening hours: 10 am – 4 pm Monday to Saturday Only 4 customers in store at a time
Superdrug – The Brunswick. Opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm Monday to Saturday. No Sunday (but best to check first) 020 7837 1647
Butchers: McKanna – sign over door is ‘Theobalds’
Not truly in our area. McKanna’s is at 21 Theobalds Road by junction with Lambs Conduit – opposite the old Holborn Police Station It’s a lovely old-style butcher shop who will cut meat to your taste, size and budget. And there’s more with pies and cheeses too. Open early Monday to Saturday 6 am to around 4.00 pm. Shop and exercise in one trip or enjoy free delivery in our area for orders over £40 Call 0207 242 7740. The web site is at www.McKannameats.co.uk
Take-Outs and Delivered Meals
We need help on this. If you know other Bloomsbury local restaurants offering take away and/or deliveries, please tell us.
Local eateries are offering some of the best takeaway and delivery choices in the capital
Pâtisserie Deux Amis – 63 Judd Street. Jo Wright’s classy cafe for a weekend treat opposite Bramber Green. Takeaway with table outside. Coffee, cakes and exquisite nibbles. 10.30 to 2.30 Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Moreish Café Deli – Our local Deli with nice surprises: Corner of Marchmont Street and Tavistock Place. 12.00 to 4.00 pm Monday to Friday, Owner Jenny Stern offers the neighbourhood an exciting fresh difference. Affordable take-out and home deliveries of fresh fruit and veg with a touch of sophistication. Jenny has just added indoor and outdoor pot plants- large and small. Drop by to taste Marchmont Street’s only home made vegan ice creams or click and buy at
https://www.moreishcafedeli.co.uk/shop/ 0207 388 0084
Fork – deli and patisserie with home fresh bakery: 85 Marchmont Street has just re-opened, Visit Jess and James for take-out sandwiches, coffee, tea, pastries and salads made to order. Open 9 am to 4 pm Mon to Saturday. 07702 031 925
Bon Vivant (at home). Corner Tavistock Place & Marchmont Street (Opposite Moreish) 12 noon to 9 pm Tuesday to Saturday. Phone or call by for a tasty menu of classic dishes. Also selling wines, beers and cocktails to takeaway. Sample menu at https://bonvivantrestaurant.co.uk/ or order on Uber eats. Bon Vivant is at 020 7713 6111
The 49 Cafe – 49 Marchmont Street . Now opening 7.30 am to 4.00 pm
Monday to Saturday for take out coffee, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods & wide range of light lunch options
Fish & Chips (Fish, Pies and more)
The Fryers Delight 19 Theobalds Road Open 12 to 9pm Monday to Saturday
Bottom of Lambs Conduit Street – A short constitutional!
A traditional family run ‘Fish and Chippy and hand cut chips!’ more than 50 years! Pop in for take away. Delivery? Call 0207 405 4114
Leon (healthy fast food)
Unit 2 Brunswick Centre (the corner unit by Bernard Street) Monday to Friday 7am to 9pm, then weekends 10am to 4pm
Alex at the shop, describes Leon as the ‘Health Conscious Fast Food’ chain
Take outs available – no more than 3 people inside at a time
No orders by phone so for now drop by to order. We understand a click’n’collect app is in the pipeline.
Indian to the south at Salaam Namaste on Millman Street/Guilford Street delivers to our area. – Upscale Indian + vegan options – 0207 405 3697 or see web site for hours. Visit www.salaam-namaste.co.uk. or call by. We understand deliveries may be arranged
Indian the north at Deepa Tandoori. Traditional favourites in Leigh Street. Drop by and takeaway Wednesday to Saturday 6 pm to 9 pm
Go Greek at Nostimo: Open 11.30 am to around 9.30 pm : The Brunswick Centre, near to the Curzon Cinema (which is closed). Nostimo is owner operated with an ultra tasty genuine menu of Greek and Mediterranean dishes with vegan options. Drop by for the take out service or call 0207 052 4471
Japanese – Hare and Tortoise – next to Nostino in the Brunswick. A students favorite – (where are the students?) This branch of small-chain Japanese canteen is well known for great value sushi, ramen and rice dishes . Call by or phone ahead
Open to 9 pm 7 days 020 7278 9799
|Slim Chickens : Popular fast food outfit in the Brunswick 12 noon to 9 pm – |
7 days a week for all things fast chicken . Plus Shakes, Salads, and Wraps. Pre-order you takeout at Slim Chickens
North Sea Fish: Leigh Street. We had previously reported their take away service which, sadly, has now ended. Come back soon!
Other delivered meals
Check out your locals first. Looking for more? Just Eat and Deliveroo are available to our area.
Just Eat for Bloomsbury is at https://www.just-eat.co.uk/area/wc1-bloomsbury
Deliveroo is at https://deliveroo.co.uk/restaurants/london/bloomsbury
Bloomsbury Osteopathy Practice 99 Judd Street- As the name suggests. This multi-disciplinary health centre offers advice and various therapies from a skilled and expert team. Now reopened with thoughtfully scheduled appointments. To book, call 020 7387 9777
BikeFix –Repair service – Emerald Street (very small street) beside the eponymous shop at 48 Lambs Conduit Street. Monday to Friday 10 am to 7 pm Drop your bike in by 11 am for regular same day repairs – “Cleansing equipment will be used before you take the bike away. You will not be permitted to come into the workshop itself.” Parts might be disrupted but as Bikefix say, their aim is to get your “bike back on the road as quickly as possible” Alternatively book a slot at www.bikefix.co.uk
Launderette 78 Marchmont Street. Open all day to late
Bangladesh Bank at Dipa Exchange,17 Leigh Street
Specsavers – The Brunswick. Opening hours: 10am – 4pm. Monday to Friday. Closed at weekend. Store is ONLY open for Key Workers and optical emergencies – come into the store If you need an urgent appointment or advice, call 020 7520 0010
Routine eye and hearing tests have been suspended. Nearest Open Store is Specsavers, Unit 6, 6-17 Tottenham Court Road – 020 7580 5115 NB Specsavers have a centralized record system – meaning any store can access your record for replacements etc
Hardware & DIY Stores
Bloomsbury Building Supplies – 39 Marchmont Street. Repairs, repainting a room or replacing a switch or a washer? If it’s not in stock there’s a good chance that owner Brij Parmar can order it up or will know where to get it!
BBS is now open 8 am to 4.30 pm on Monday to Friday (excepting bank holidays).From 20th June BBS will be open on Saturdays too
Robert Dyas in the Brunswick is closed right now
Grays Inn Hardware: 9 am to 5 pm Monday to Saturday. Owner Nevin has a good range of DIY items and hardware goods. It’s just outside our area at 67 Grays Inn Road but this locally run store may be a helpful alternative to a longer trek. Call to check your needs at 0207 404 0060
Pharmacies – Chemist shops
John Walker – Leigh Street
Our local independent Pharmacy is ‘JohnWalker’ www.Johnwalkerchemist.co.uk which is well stocked. It is at the Judd Street end of Leigh Street. Kevin Brookman is your helpful pharmacist. Talk to your pharmacist for first stop advice
Hours are Mon – Wed and Fridays 9 am to 6.30 pm and Thursday 9 am to 6 pm
Saturday 9.30 am to 2.30 pm
Sunday – closed
Advice – call 0207 387 1789 during opening hours
Boots are at a few locations.
The nearest Boots (pharmacy and small store) is at The Brunswick on Marchmont Street. Hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am to 7.30pm – Saturday 9am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm. Advice? – call 0207 278 5040 during opening hour
Also, and reasonably close-by is the Boots in St Pancras Station. Hours have extended recently. It has a Pharmacy and a large store area – It’s rather tucked away at the very far end of the ground floor. We’ve had report that with the reduction of rail passengers this branch is not too busy and according to local staff right now is open to 10 pm (not the 12 am recently displayed on the Boots web site). Advice – call 0207 833 0216 during opening hours.
And there’s a small Boots at Kings Cross station (opening hours are not known)
TFL are running regular bus services. As elsewhere, keep your distance – even on a bus.
There are many services to help you plan your bus journey. TFL offer a journey planner at www.journeyplanner.tfl.gov.uk. This covers buses and all other TFL services.
There are other app choices for about how long before the next bus arrives at your nearest bus stop. Either from Google Play – Bus Times by Mobicia is free but the free version contains advertisements. For this go to Play Store on your phone and enter Bus Times London – for i-Phone users the app is at https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/london-live-bus-countdown/id475360935. There a quite a few alternatives so as always it’s a matter of personal choice.
Russell Square, Kings Cross/St Pancras are running reduced services. Local staff have told us it’s best to avoid the traditional rush hour times. When / if trains are delayed or cancelled due to staff sickness, then the risk of being too close to other people while travelling is very real. At other times travelers are more likely to find plenty of space. But there’s always a risk, so once again, only use the tube for essential journeys. Check out the tube at the TFL web site above.
We checked again at St Pancras and Kings Cross on 6th. Ghost stations both. Most operators have introduced new timetables this week. Hull train have currently ceased all operations Staff at each station told us that trains are running to most destinations but at a reduced, now somewhat improved frequency. So check carefully and then be sure your journey is essential and necessary. We are advised that National Rail live departure service is the best place to check actual train departures before you travel and book online. The URL is at https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/times_fares/ldb.aspx?_ga=2.135266801.1326276104.1585500376-472529868.1569603755.
Eurostar are running a very reduced service to/from Paris and Brussels – (One train per day in each direction)
We are a very mixed community. Right now, we need to reach out, help and be helped. We need to safely offer consideration and care for all of us in Bloomsbury and beyond. But reaching out widely is a challenge – even in the digital world of today. We are at the heart of Bloomsbury and that’s where we can help each other most.
Issued by Marchmont Association
Trevor Shonfeld and Bob McIntyre, Joint chairs: The Marchmont Association
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