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Wednesday 9 October at 7.30 pm
at The Wanstead Tap


Shopfronts of London
Shopfronts of London
is published in hardback by Batsford
in partnership with Spitalfields Life Books
at £14.99 on 5 September 2019.
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“One of London’s largest selections of craft beers and a range of local, small batch spirits. We pride ourselves on buying limited-release gins and vodkas as well as a range of mixers to suit every taste.”

Eleanor Crow will be in conversation with Krissie Nicolson, Director of the East End Trades Guild

Eleanor Crow
Shopfronts of London

In praise of small neighbourhood shops

A collection of Eleanor Crow’s beautiful watercolours of classic shopfronts.

Published in partnership with Spitalfields Life Books, this timely volume celebrates the small neighbourhood shops of London. As our high streets decline into generic monotony, we cherish these independent shops and family businesses that enrich the city with their characterful frontages and distinctive typography.

General Woodwork Supplies, Kingsland High Street E8
General Woodwork Supplies, Kingsland High Street E8

This collection includes more than 100 of Eleanor Crow’s fine illustrations of the capital’s bakers, cafes, butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, chemists, launderettes, hardware stores, eel & pie shops, bookshops and stationers. The pictures are accompanied by the stories of the shops, their history and their shopkeepers – stretching all the way from Chelsea in the west to Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell and Walthamstow in the east. As well as beloved old and lost shopfronts, there are some recent examples of new shops that have been beautifully designed too – from cheesemongers to chippies.

At a time of momentous change in the high street, this witty and fascinating personal survey champions the enduring culture of Britain’s small shops.

SX Essex Road N1
SX, Essex Road N1
Barnardes Trading Ltd, Barking Road E13
Barnardes Trading Ltd, Barking Road E13
Eleanor Crow
Photograph of Eleanor Crow by Colin O’Brien

Eleanor Crow grew up in Cornwall, Suffolk and Gloucestershire. She has a BA (Hons) in Fine Art: Drawing & Painting from Edinburgh College of Art, and an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins. After over a decade of designing book covers for Random House Vintage and Faber & Faber, she returned to oil painting in 2014. She works from her studio in east London, exhibiting and working to commission. She has lectured at a number of art colleges in the UK and in the Czech Republic, in drawing, illustration and book cover design.

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Family lessons for
Writing and Reading Newham
available here

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Interested in learning more about Newham Bookshop and some of the people connected with it? We have four lessons for classroom or family use developed from On the Record’s oral history project centered around Newham Bookshop, Writing and Reading Newham. Click here for full details.


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Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s
Bookshop of the Month

We are proud that Newham Bookshop is LoveReading’s Bookshop of the Month. The article features a Q&A with Vivian Archer, which you can read here.


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