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.
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.
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.