SEARCHsearch icon
CLOSE X

Shopfronts of London

In praise of small neighbourhood shops

Eleanor Crow

Batsford

Format:

ISBN: 9781849945622

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 5 September 2019

ISBN: 9781849946322

ASIN: 9781849946322

Price: £9.99

Publication date: 10 October 2019

Category: Heritage

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.

ABOUT THE Author

Eleanor Crow is a book cover designer and illustrator who, in addition to shopfronts, likes to draw everything from armadillos to zucchini. She is the illustrator of The Pebbles on the Beach and Grief is the Thing With Feathers. She is based in London and Stroud, Gloucestershire.

READ MORE

RELATED NEWS & EVENTS

SEE ALL RELATED NEWS & EVENTS >