With streets deserted, offices closed, and pubs, cafes and restaurants unable to host customers, it’s a tough time to be a small business owner in Hatton Garden. Most would agree that it’s difficult enough to balance the books at the best of times, but now it seems like a near impossible struggle. But our independent businesses are at the very heart of what makes Hatton Garden special, and if you want to see their resurgence then YOU need to help them weather this storm!
The good news is that every single person has the power to make a difference, and your small actions can have a huge impact on the future of this neighbourhood.
Follow Hatton Garden BID's guide to supporting local businesses from the safety of your own home, and you can rest assured that you’ve played your part in securing Hatton Garden’s future.
1. Enjoy your favourite dishes from home
Stuck in the house but craving a tasty treat to brighten up your day? Why not reach out to your regular lunch spot and find out if they are doing deliveries
Many restaurants, cafes and street food vendors - including Prufrock, Kin, Trents, and the Tongue and Brisket - have transformed themselves into delivery or take-away outlets to keep their customers fuelled and their staff employed.
If your first choice venue isn’t delivering, don’t give up! Get on Zomato, Deliveroo
and see what new favourites are out there to discover.
2. Online shop ‘til ya drop
If you’ve been considering a jewellery purchase to mark a special occasion, there’s no need to put it off
just because you can’t go into the store.
It’s perfectly easy to choose a piece, contact an expert, arrange an online consultation, and have your dream item delivered to your door
- all without coming into contact with another person.
Browsing online is almost as much fun as browsing the shop windows of Hatton Garden, and the majority of the jewellers have a thriving online arm of their business already.
Not sure where to start? Use the directory on the Hatton Garden website to access the websites of our world-famous designer-makers and jewellers.
3. Treat future-you
Lots of people might be feeling a little down-in-the-dumps right now, but what better way to cheer yourself (or a friend) up than giving yourself something to look forward to
Buy a voucher
online from your favourite Hatton Garden business, and you’ll be providing much-needed income to the owners. Then start planning what you’ll spend it on when the store, restaurant or cafe re-opens.
A belated Mother’s Day lunch with Mum? A girl’s cocktail night? A new necklace to reward yourself for successful self-isolation? Or perhaps a wedding gift for a couple whose big day got postponed?
4. Harness the power of fruit to support a local business AND a vulnerable older person
Long-time Leather Lane fruit and veg seller Michael Gasparro (who also runs local delivery service Fruit Desk) has just started a fantastic scheme to help the elderly and vulnerable
during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Every time a fruit and veg box is ordered from the company over the coming weeks, another box of fruit and veg will be delivered to a household in need.
We can’t think of a better way
to keep healthy, help someone else, and support a small business all at the same time!
Visit fruitdesk.co.uk to place your order.
5. Love Thy Neighbour
- who run the fabulous Leather Lane Charity Boutique - work tirelessly all year round to support older people living in the borough.
On a normal week their activities range from craft meet-ups, to afternoon concerts and group therapy sessions, however the last few weeks have seen a dramatic upsurge in demand
for their services.
Currently their volunteers are being inundated
with calls from house-bound elderly people in desperate need of reassurance and supplies, and thus the charity needs YOUR help
more than ever.
Additionally, you can drop off donations of long-life food and toiletries at their shop (53 Leather Lane), or to find out how to volunteer with their Emergency Food Parcels Project email [email protected]
Thanks in advance for helping to keep Hatton Garden healthy and securing its future. Follow us @HattonGDN on Twitter and Instagram for all the latest news, updates and initiatives that will get us through this difficult time.