Shops & Shopping

We’ll bring you information about the steps our local and national shops and supermarkets are taking to keep us all well stocked and fed during the coronavirus.


However, ALL shops agree, they have enough food and supplies for us all if we work together. That means shopping considerately, not bulk buying and respecting those who need extra help (elderly or vulnerable) or time to shop (NHS and other ‘key workers’ etc.).


Key Workers/Critical Infrastructure Providers in East Finchley


Chemists & Heath Service Providers

25th March – We are currently updating this.

If you need help or assistance with collecting medicines or anything else, please see:


UOE Store and Post Office

We have heard from Elliot Jacobs MD of UOE Store and Post Office who wanted to remind the community that, “The UOE Store and Post Office at 120 High Street is your local stationery retailer offering a full Post Office service.

All of our staff are fully trained and are ready to assist you through these uncertain and challenging times.

The government has confirmed our critical infrastructure provider status alongside supermarkets, banks and pharmacies, therefore we will remain open and we are committed to continuing to provide Post Office and retail services to our customers.

Our East Finchley store is open 9am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and 12pm to 4pm on Sundays.


Local, national shops and supermarkets


New Covent Garden Market
“For anyone who is struggling with finding fresh produce — the new Covent Garden market is 75% down in sales. fresh fruit and veg need to be sold so they’re going to start selling boxes to people rather than companies. If you go on NewCoventGardenmarket.com you can sign up for home delivery veg and fruit boxes. They can deliver milk, bread etc. too!”.

Remember the Finchley Foodbank
The Finchley Foodbank operates in East Finchley – find out how you can help:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Finchley-Foodbank-248912191942313/

Shopping times and the ‘Silver Hour’

Many of the major supermarkets now have a dedicated shopping time for the elderly and vulnerable (Silver Hour) which has also been adopted by many of our local stores.

Tesco Stores
Tesco Stores (not express stores) has designated 9am to 10am as reserved for key workers to do their shopping – please avoid these times Monday, Wednesday and Friday when shopping at Tesco!

Budgens – 020 8883 9670
Budgens have dedicated opening times (posted on their windows) to help the elderly and key workers get supply’s. Please respect these times!

*FREE delivery from BUDGENS, EAST FINCHLEY directed at the elderly & vulnerable – appyshop.co.uk to register (select Budgens).  They are now offering free delivery for any order (no minimum spend). You will need to pay delivery at the checkout online BUT Budgens will refund your delivery charge back to your bank account in a few days time after your shop.

Your shopping will be delivered by one of their selected volunteers or by a Budgens staff member.


Is your business offering anything specific to help that we can share and promote?


Shopping NEWS

Businesses and Premises Closures

On 23 March 2020 – The government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and save lives. All non-essential premises must now close.

Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

  • ensure a distance of 2 meters between customers and shop assistants; and
  • let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded
  • queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day.
Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut

The government has given clear guidance on self-isolationstaying at home and away from others, and what businesses are to close, more… (links to HM Government)


From the 23rd March 2020 Most national chains are now closed but we recommend checking their website for online options.