Welcome-stay safe-take care – follow the guidelines

Help and assistance

Support Groups

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 and offers of service that appeared current on March 30th 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

Welcome, stay safe, take care and follow the guidelines

Tell everyone you know. Many people are still going out, seeing friends and swapping gifts, either because they don’t know or don’t care about “asymptomatic positive spreaders.” These are the folk who spread the disease. On 7th April Camden has over 300 confirmed cases – up 135% over the past 7 days

So, please follow the guidelines, stick to the rules to protect yourself, your family, your community and our NHS.

Help and assistance

Government Help

For more vulnerable residents i.e. disabled, over 70 and with a pre-existing respiratory or cardiac condition + more, UK Central Government has set up a special service which you may be well advised to join. Look and see if this is a service for you, a neighbour, family or friend. If it is, follow the instructions on the web page at

Local 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 From here you can look up a range of information services spanning, –
Financial Support, Information and Guidance for individuals, families, workers and businesses.

The site also covers;-

Social support – Local support groups and other services whilst you are ‘isolating’ or ‘isolated’.  There are many community members keen to help their neighbours. Also, NHS, Government advice, Information about council services at this time, may help from a range of resources covering food and drop off services to the operation of social services for those in need or who have a health or extreme social challenge. Quite a few of these services are new and getting established as we write.


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 for direct advice and for support and local information. Also visit our council’s special web pages at

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 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]


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 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 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.

Support Groups

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:

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:

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.

Facebook and WhatsApp groups

It’s early days for Help Groups reaching out to bring helpers to the needy. London has the spirit to do that – witness the massive volunteering to support the NHS.

Local Groups

It you are forming a help group or know of groups in need, then please tell us. We’ll publish the initiative to the Marchmont and Bloomsbury communities here on these web pages. When you respond, please validate and provide a reference. We’ll need to confirm each is genuine.

If you are a commercial enterprise then the above service is not for you,  However, if you have a relevant service, that at our sole discretion, we see as being of interest to our community, then we may add it to our list of local providers without charge.

Where to shop, opening times and more

Local Food Stores

All times are those given by local staff to the Marchmont Association team on Tuesday April 7th.. They came with the warning from the ‘chains’ that ‘head office’ may peremptorily change opening times due to staff availability etc. So, before you walk up to the St Pancras station shops (for example), check your store is open. Use the entrance in Midland Road opposite the Francis Crick building. Please tell us if you find a change?

Shopping locally with the few outlets able to support your needs will be welcomed. But when you must go shopping – KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

Supermarkets and their local outlets

Waitrose Brunswick Centre: Hours when last visited are were 8 to early evening pm Mon – Friday and to 7pm on Saturday. On Sunday it’s 12.30 to 6pm. Special hours for elderly & vulnerable are 8-9am every day and on Sundays 11.30-12.30am. We’ve had reports that Waitrose may change closing times at short notice

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 10pm, Sundays to 9pm.

Tesco Express, Opposite Russell Square Tube: 6am-10pm every day but no priority for aged or vulnerable.

Sainsbury’s Local, Brunswick Centre: Elderly and vulnerable no special hours but priority on request. 7am-10pm every day

Marks and Spencer – tucked way next to Boots in St Pancras Station – Food and wine only – but open to 10 every evening.

Waitrose Kings Cross Station (by Platform 9): Small store with all the basics currently open to 10.00 pm (was 11 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 or email

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. Operating distancing policy

‘Bloomsbury Food and Wine’ 44 Tavistock Place, near junction with Marchmont Street. Produce is as the name suggests – open 7 days a week 8 am to 10 pm.

‘Marchmont Market’ at the Post Office, at 37 Marchmont Street 8am-8pm seven days a week. – Distancing in operation

‘Unwin’s’ (sign above the door) 84 Marchmont Street, near junction with Leigh Street.  12-8pm seven days a week

Other great stores

Local Deliverables

Newsagents (plus) Woburn Walk – -The shop is shut but
Michelle & Jay 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 0330 058 2025 (select 0 for service)

Alara Health Shop 58-60 Marchmont Street.
Opening hours: 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday Only 4 customers in store at a time

Superdrug – The Brunswick. Opening hours: 10am – 5pm Monday to Saturday. No Sunday (but best to check first) 020 7837 1647

Butchers: McKanna – sign over door is ‘Theobalds’ Web site is
Not truly in our area. McKanna’s is at 21 Theobalds Road by junction with Lambs Conduit (opposite the Holborn Police Station building) But, it’s a lovely old-style butcher who will cut meat to your taste, size and budget.  And there’s more. Open early Monday to Saturday 6am to around 4.30pm. Shop and exercise in one trip. Free delivery in our area for orders over £40

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 doing some of best

The 49 Cafe – 49 Marchmont Street . Now opening 7.30 am to 3.00 pm
Monday to Saturday for take out coffee, breakfast sandwiches, baked goods & 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’ more than 50 years!
Order take away and delivery 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.


Salaam Namaste on Millman Street/Guilford Street delivers to our area. – Upscale Indian – 0207 405 3697 see web site for hours and call to order We understand deliveries may be available. Vegan options


Nostimo: The Brunswick Centre, near to the Curzon Bloomsbury Cinema (which is closed). 11.30am to 11.30 pm. Just opened by owner with a varied genuine menu of Greek and Mediterranean dishes with vegan options. Take out service – Call 0207 052 4471


New service – San Marzano: 98 Marchmont Street Close by corner of Leigh Street. Offers a good choice of Pizza take aways between 1 pm to 9 pm or delivery via Deliveroo. Call owner Michell on 0207 693 9933 to place your order

North Sea Fish: Leigh Street. Is now closed until further notice – we had previously reported their take away service which, sadly, has now ended

Moreish Café Deli, corner of Marchmont Street and Tavistock Place

Open from 12 – 4pm, Monday to Friday  Takeaway Only : 0207 388 0084

50% off for NHS

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

Deliveroo is at


BikeFix –Repair service only during Covid-19
Booking by web only at to choose the slot when you would like to drop off your bike at the workshop. That’s in Emerald Street (very small street) beside their shop at 48 Lambs Conduit Street.”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”. Thank you BikeFix!

Launderette 78 Marchmont Street. Open all day but confirm actual opening times locally.

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

Closed for now but advertise will  re-open on Friday 3 April

Hardware & DIY Store

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!
To support local residents BBS is now opening 9.30 am to 2.30 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excepting bank holidays)

Pharmacies – Chemist shops

John Walker – Leigh Street

Our local independent Pharmacy is ‘JohnWalker’  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. It has a Pharmacy and a large store area – though some lines are restricted. 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 9pm (not the 12 am 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 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 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 often at a very reduced frequency. Much depends on staff being available. 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  

Eurostar are running a very reduced service to/from Paris and Brussels – (One train per day in each direction)

And finally

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. If you have reasonable ideas and suggestions to help us face this pandemic and the challenges it brings, then we’d like to hear from you.

In March 2020 isolation became the new togetherness. Let’s do it and stay safe – Let’s keep Bloomsbury together.

Issued by Marchmont Association

Trevor Shonfeld and Bob McIntyre, Joint chairs: The Marchmont Association

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