Shopfronts of London - In praise of small neighbourhood shops
A collection of Eleanor Crow’s beautiful watercolours of classic shopfronts.
Published in partnership with Spitalfields Life Books, this timely volume celebrates the small neighbourhood shops of London. As our high streets decline into generic monotony, we cherish these independent shops and family businesses that enrich the city with their characterful frontages and distinctive typography.
This collection includes more than 100 of Eleanor Crow’s fine illustrations of the capital's bakers, cafes, butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers, chemists, launderettes, hardware stores, eel & pie shops, bookshops and stationers. The pictures are accompanied by the stories of the shops, their history and their shopkeepers – stretching all the way from Chelsea in the west to Bethnal Green, Clerkenwell and Walthamstow in the east. As well as beloved old and lost shopfronts, there are some recent examples of new shops that have been beautifully designed too – from cheesemongers to chippies.
At a time of momentous change in the high street, this witty and fascinating personal survey champions the enduring culture of Britain’s small shops.