This article is part of a guide to London from FT Globetrotter
Last week, FT staff shared the discoveries that have got them through these long months. Here are some of your superb suggestions — keep them coming.
Give us this day . . .
Bread Ahead, Borough Market’s amazing bakery, delivers across London — the Essentials Box is simply amazing: I’ve ordered it five times and it always arrives before 8.30am (without requesting early delivery), which meant fresh croissants ready to serve for breakfast. Everything in the box freezes well and now it’s a must for busy weekends. I’ve since had boxes delivered to friends as housewarming and new baby presents. The only improvement would be if you could order their crème pâtissière doughnuts for delivery, but hopefully one day these will be available. — smd17
The Little Bread Pedlar (based in Bermondsey, King’s Cross and Pimlico) has been a lifeline for us. Consistently amazing bread and the best almond croissant London has to offer. — RBW
Glorious groceries — without leaving the house
[I’ve been] shopping online for produce from Borough Market via the Good Sixty platform — cheese, the best seafood, cakes, German sausages and more. [I also recommend] All Greens bespoke fruit and vegetable boxes, Bloom and Wild letterbox flowers, Beer 52 craft-beer subscription boxes and the Craft Gin Club, for a bottle of gin you can’t get elsewhere, paired with tonics and cocktail ingredients. And Yashin Sushi is available for lunch and dinner happiness.” — RTD
The grape and the grain
The Wine Library — a place that used to keep the insurance market floating, as well as being a great lunchtime haunt — has been delivering its well-chosen and value-for-money wines to us. I am always impressed by something new that I probably wouldn’t have had the courage to try. Hopefully I can get back to lunch too one day. — hkajax
Craft Tooting has kept my beer fridge well stocked since March. When they’ve not been able to keep their bottleshop open for takeout, they’ve done a great job in delivering to your door — free for orders over £25 if you live within three miles. In quite the personal touch, the owner often delivers the orders himself while taking his kids out for their daily exercise. Class. — SmokinPolecat
My top Covid-era find is The Cheese Collective, which offers one-off and subscription-based boxes of the best British artisan cheeses. It is partnered with The Trussell Trust network of food banks, and for every cheese box purchased the company will donate a meal to a local food bank. — The Gros Fromage
Top of our fish list
Pesky Fish, an online fish market that is open Monday to Thursday from 8am-9am only, allows you to buy fish that have come in on the boats overnight, which are then shipped to your door the next day. Sustainable, incredibly fresh and benefits the fishermen directly. We've tried gurnard, John Dory and more familiar fish, as well as cockles. — Dr B
[Devon-based online fishmonger] Henderson to Home sends out WhatsApp messages about what the boats it works with have caught — for example, “Alex and Dave landed some Torbay prawns this morning, which you can now order online.” Such a pleasure to engage with our food that way. — Slider
I tip my sou’wester to London fishmonger Moxon’s, next to Clapham South Tube station. During Lockdown One and now Two it has kept us going with delicious fish and shellfish treats — solid food with great variety and even cooking tips from the helpful staff. What is more, my wife, a clinical charge nurse at a south London hospital, has, along with other essential workers, been given 20 per cent discount throughout the health emergency.
Next door, Clapham Flowers has done a roaring trade too; the owner said that many residents were buying flowers to brighten up their homes and send to friends they couldn’t see. Two glimmers of hope in an otherwise bleak retail landscape. — Simon Greaves
Discover some of London’s secrets from your sofa
Check out Look Up London — Katie Wignall has taken her quirky and fascinating London tours online. She gets us to look up at what’s usually missed. It’s been delightful to follow her during lockdown. — Sarah Jackson
Get in the swim
Shepperton Open Water Swim was my discovery. Only an estate agent would be optimistic enough to call it London, but apart from that, [it offers] beautiful cool water, serious swimmers and rescue kayaks, [and is] safe and friendly. And no vicious swans (unlike on open parts of the Thames). — Gnzis
What was your best London lockdown discovery that you’ve called on again and again? Share your best tips in the comments
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