Over the past few weeks I've enjoyed compiling, writing and collating The Daily Constitutional's list of 35 London Shops for Xmas shopping 2015 – if you missed the series, catch up with the whole list HERE.
Where possible I tried to go off the beaten track, while staying more-or-less within central London. I hope you enjoyed the list, and have as much fun using it as I did putting it together.
I'm just back from my Christmas fruit and veg shopping trip to my favourite local shop – the greengrocer Tony's Continental on the High Road, East Finchley.
And I'd like to give them a shout-out too, they deserve a mention alongside all the fancy chocolate shops and perfumeries on our list.
The guys at Tony's have been providing East Finchleyites with their five-a-day since 1971. By my reckoning that's more than 80,000 portions per Finchleyite over five decades. Not bad, eh?
They also do great work supporting the local community and local schools.
Thanks guys, happy Christmas to you all!
Do you have a great local shop in your London neighbourhood? Want to give them a shout out? Drop us a line at the usual address or leave a comment below.
If you are ever in the neighbourhood, here's how to find Tony's…
Christmas 2015 With London Walks
On Christmas Day there are TWO London Walks:
Walk up an appetite with The Christmas Morning 1660 Walk – meet at 11:00a.m by the big tree in Trafalgar Square
Walk off the pudding with The Christmas Day Charles Dickens Walk – meet by the big tree in Trafalgar Square at 2:00pm
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A London Walk costs £10 – £8 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.