Following the murder of George Floyd, the 46-year-old black man who was killed by police in the US city of Minneapolis, many Londoners have taken part in protests in solidarity with Black Lives Matter over the past couple of weeks.
However, if you’re unable to protest or want to find other ways of supporting black people in the community, both now and in the long-term, supporting black-owned businesses is essential.
The fact many businesses - smaller ones in particular - are struggling and facing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic means supporting local organisations is even more important than ever.
Here are some businesses in Nunhead and Peckham as well as local charities to support the black community. This list is by no means exhaustive and we will continue updating it, so please send us suggestions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agrobeso African Cuisine (139 Peckham High Street) is an African restaurant serving up dishes including okra soup and waakye with meat stew, and they are currently open for takeaway. Call them on 020 7732 3721.
Dennis’ Butchers (135 Peckham High Street) has been run by owner Dennis Lyndsay for over 30 years. From goat meat and oxtail to chicken legs and cow feet, Dennis offers a large choice of cuts. Opening times are Monday to Saturday 8am-6pm.
Deserted Cactus (135A Rye Lane) was set up by vegan influencer Esme who serves an ever-changing menu of homestyle vegan dishes with a Asian/Caribbean influence, such as rice and peas served with plantain dumplings and jerk tofu-fried dumpling burger. Deserted Cactus is temporarily closed but you find Esme posting at @london_afro_vegan and @ukvegansofcolour.
Drums and Flats (18 Olympic Way, Wembley Park) founders Khamisi and Daniel used to have a space in Peckham Levels but now are based in Wembley. However, since lockdown, they’ve been cooking and delivering their mouth-watering chicken wings in SE15. If you’d like to sign up to their deliveries across selected areas of South London, email them at with your full postcode (email@example.com) and follow them @drumsandflats.
The Flygerians serve Nigerian street food, including hot wings and jollof rice, and have a permanent pop-up at the Old Nuns Head (15 Nunhead Green) every Wednesday, which is temporarily paused due to lockdown. Inbox them @theflygerians for office pop-ups, kitchen takeovers and events.
Issa Vibe (181 Rye Lane) serves modern comfort food influenced by African-Caribbean flavours. Wings, waffles, and BBQ jackfruit are just some of the things you can order from this Rye Lane favourite. They’re open Thursday to Sunday, and you collect in person or order via app.
Life of a Tree (133a Rye Lane) specialises in Moringa oleifera, which is grown on their farms in Nigeria, to produce natural herbal products which are vegan, raw and ethical. Order out their products, including Moringa kombucha and tea bags, here.
Nika’s Kitchen, founded by Annika Clinkett, provides wholesome plant-based catering, workshops and demonstrations. Get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org and order her delicious luxury vegan rum cake here.
Prince of Peckham (1 Clayton Road) was inspired by landlord Clement Ogbonnaya’s love of Desmonds, an 90’s comedy TV show set in a barber shop in Peckham and his favourite character, Lee ‘The Peckham Prince’ Stanley. Though temporarily closed for lockdown, the pub is on Deliveroo on from 11 June every Thursday to Sunday.
Talking Drum (610 Old Kent Road) serves tasty, traditional Nigerian meals. The restaurant is currently open for delivery - just call 020 7732 8377, or order via app to get suya, okra, and more straight to your door.
The Golden Anchor (16 Evelina Road) run by Lana Bewry and Greg Deer is one of the oldest Caribbean pubs in South London and is known for its music nights, tasty Caribbean food and community vibe. The pub is temporarily closed during lockdown.
Zionly Manna Vegan Rastarant (Rye Lane Indoor Market, 41, 48 Rye Lane) was founded by Ras Johnson, a Rastafarian entrepreneur bringing vegan Caribbean food to London. Zionly Manna - which is both a ‘rastaurant’ and craft shop - is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but follow them @zionlymanna for news of reopening.
Bidhaar (Market Peckham, 133a Rye Lane) sells premium African clothing, music, and lifestyle brands and was founded by Mariam Tijani after a visit to Nigeria, where she realised many modern brands struggle with distribution and marketing. Check out the store’s Instagram @bidhaarofficial.
Little Sister (12 -14, Holdrons Arcade, 135a Rye Lane) is a small independent vintage shop where everything is handpicked and curated by the owner, Nicola Brierley. They are currently trading online and hope to reopen the physical shop at the beginning of July.
Me’Lange Hair Salon (1-3 Blenheim Grove), run by Director Patricia Allen, is an Afro-European hair salon that caters for all different types of hair run. They are temporarily closed during lockdown.
Peckham Palms (Peckham Palm Arcade Unit 1-14 Bournemouth Close Peckham Rye) is an Afrocentric retail space home to over 30 professional hair and beauty stylists and lifestyle businesses. Peckham Palms is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but are available by email at email@example.com for booking inquiries.
TENS Studio designs bold prints and simple silhouettes to create one offs, limited and two piece click suits for men and women. They are a slow fashion brand and all garments are handmade to order. Follow them @tensstudio.
Gal-dem is an online and print publication based in Peckham committed to sharing perspectives from women and nonbinary people of colour. Check out this great piece about them in the Peckham Peculiar and support them by becoming a member.
L’Appartement is a stylish plant shop which also offers interior design consultations and plant hiring. They were formerly located on Bellenden Road, but will be opening a new shop in Copeland Park in September.
The Movement Factory, founded by Leanne Pero in 2001 when she was just 15, is a community dance organisation that focuses on delivering dance workshops to schools, colleges and community centres. Access their programme of online classes here and follow them @themovementfactory.
Albrighton Community Centre (Albrighton Road, Dog Kennel Hill Estate) is in urgent need of funds and supplies to continue Community Fridge, which supports around 2,500 people by redistributing good food to the community. Donate here.
Black Cultural Archives (1 Windrush Square, Brixton) is the only national heritage centre focused on preserving and celebrating the histories of African and Caribbean people in Britain. Their work includes exhibitions, public engagement events and educational outreach. Donate here.
Parents and Communities Together (PACT) is a community-led social support project, set up by Citizens UK, to support and empower parents in order to improve the health and development outcomes for young children. Donate here.
PECAN (121A Peckham High Street) is a community development charity based in Peckham which works with South East London communities to help people find a way through seemingly impossible barriers to a better future. The charity runs a foodbank, shopping club social enterprise, Hourbank and family and employment advice clinics. Donate here.
Peckham Rights! promotes human rights for people of African descent and other marginalised communities through locally-based research, consultancy, education, and community development initiatives throughout Peckham, London and beyond. Donate here.
Pempeople (91 Peckham High Street) is a non-profit social enterprise delivering and engaging with communities in Southwark and Lambeth to create drive, motivation, and solutions from within, giving capacity to residents to deliver the projects in their communities. Donate here.
Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (Copleston Centre, Copleston Road) seeks to help relieve poverty and distress, and to promote health and further education for asylum seekers and refugees. Donate here.
SE15 Community Fund offers financial help to people located in the SE15 postcode, who may be struggling due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other circumstances. This fund can be used for any purpose. There is no judgement, nor is there any obligation to pay back the money. Donate here.
Westminster House Youth Club (29 Nunhead Grove) is a charity based in Nunhead which provides purposeful activities, both recreational and educational, for young people aged 8-18 to support them to make positive life choices. Donate here.
Please let us know. You can find black-owned businesses to support across London here and check out Jamii, a discount card and discovery platform making it easier to find and shop at independent black-owned businesses in the UK.
Finimpact have also pulled together a US-focused list of ways to support black-owned businesses and tips for black business owners too.
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