Tuesday, 20 December 2016

#London Christmas Shopping No.34: Tony's Continental @Tonys_N2 #EastFinchley #N2 Support Your Local Shops!

Daily Constitutional editor Adam Scott-Goulding writes…

It's the annual London Christmas Shopping Guide from The Daily Constitutional!

This year I'll be including museum gift shops and markets for gift ideas. 

As well as gifts I'll be pointing you toward local London shops for the best in Christmas food and drink. Where relevant, I'll list the London Walks tour that finishes near the shop in question.

As usual, you can drop me a line with your own tips by emailing the usual address, by leaving a comment below or via Twitter.

As we enter the last week before Christmas Day, my thoughts turn to the table here at The Daily Constitutional – this week I'll be sharing foodie and drinkie tips along with last minute gifts. 

Tony's Continental, High Road, East Finchley

DC Editor Adam writes…

On Friday, after tending to business here at The Daily Constitutional, I have two major Christmas errands to run. I'll be heading off to Porterford the butcher in Bow Lane to pick up our turkey (more of that in a later post) and I'll be buying the veg for the Christmas dinner at the finest little greengrocer in all the land.

The guys at Tony's have been providing East Finchleyites with their five-a-day since 1971. By my rough reckoning that's more than 82,000 portions per Finchleyite over five decades. Not bad, eh?

They also do great work supporting the local community and local schools.

Yesterday David blogged here on The Daily Constitutional that Artichoke in Hampstead is the best fruit and veg shop in London. It was a lovely post.

But he's wrong. 

(We'll be having a punch-up to settle the matter tonight at the London Walks Christmas Party.)

The best fruit and veg shop in London can be found at 140 High Road, N2.

It's not only the quality of the goods at Tony's – organic fruit and veg and wide a range of Mediterranean treats. It's the quality of the company, too. Off the top of my head, here's a quick list of just some of the topics of conversation I've enjoyed with the guys at Tony's this year alone…

Tottenham Hotspur


Women's Magazines

Teenagers and Their Wily Ways

Tottenham Hotspur

The Kray Twins

Primary Schools

Vinyl Records

Tottenham Hotspur

The 17th Century Gibbet on Finchley Common

The Best Places To Eat In Cyprus

The Health Benefits of Running

Tottenham Hotspur

You just don't get that in stinky old Sainsbury's Local ("local" my arse).

(Okay, they chat about Tottenham Hotspur quite a lot, but it should be pointed out that Arsenal fans are made to feel as welcome as everyone else. Tony's Continental is a most ecumenical establishment!)

I would like to go so far as to say that Tony's is such a great greengrocer that their Brussels Sprouts are the only ones that kids will eat, often asking for second helpings… but as you can see…

… not even Tony's can achieve THAT feat.

I'll close with a song… in 1968 local boys The Kinks gave us The Village Green Preservation Society, which features the line "God Save Little Shops!" Hear hear! Enjoy the song, happy Christmas and Support Your Local Shops!

Find Tony's here…

Christmas 2016 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

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.

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