De Beauvoir Workshops
De Beauvoir Workshops on Southgate Road are occupied by many talented & creative tenants. Read their stories & learn more about their businesses here.
Sweet Thursday, the pizzeria and wine shop on Southgate Road, has been welcoming guests from in and around De Beauvoir Town since 2013.
Hector’s, a new wine bar and bottle shop on 49a Ardleigh Road, is the latest independent in De Beauvoir Town. Open as a wine bar Thursday to Saturday, and a bottle shop Wednesday to Sunday, we spoke to owners Jimmy and Anna to learn more about their new venture.
J Smith Esquire
Bespoke milliner Justin Smith, J Smith Esquire, is one of the most acclaimed milliners in the profession. He was handpicked by Angelina Jolie to create her striking horned headpiece for Disney’s Maleficent and was also one of the designers behind the headwear for Star Wars.
The Flower Appreciation Society
Textile designer Ellie Jauncey and illustrator Anna Day met in 2008 while working at the Scolt Head pub in De Beauvoir Town. Both were at career crossroads but shared a passion for flowers so decided to combine their collective creativity and establish a floristry company – a first for The Benyon Estate.
The De Beauvoir Deli Co
Lifelong De Beauvoir Town resident and self-confessed foodie Harry Davies opened his fine food deli on Southgate Road in 2009. Today, the De Beauvoir Deli is something of a focal point for the local village community and serves up 2,000 cups of coffee a week and 130 sandwiches every day.
The original site for the deli was in a former cow shed behind the popular local pub, The Scolt Head. But when Harry heard that The Benyon Estate was redeveloping a car mechanics workshop on Southgate Road, and that the team were looking for...
Garden & Terrace
Boutique garden furniture store, Garden & Terrace, is the newest addition to the bustling community of independent shops and cafes on Southgate Road.
Dark Heart Candles
Dark Heart Candles sells vegan soy candles, hand-poured right here in De Beauvoir Town. Benyon Estate tenant Mona Fetzer launched Dark Heart in the second national lockdown in November 2020 and, over the past seven months, the business has continued to grow.
Ella Doran is an award-winning designer known for her striking designs which are often a play on cultural associations and icons. She set up her homewares business in the late 1990s and, since then, has been commissioned by the likes of The Royal Society of Arts, the Glasgow School of Art, Tate, John Lewis and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Jacquie Campbell, a housing professional, and her husband Neal, have lived in a two-bedroom maisonette on De Beauvoir Road since August 2013. Their son, Oliver, also lived with them at first, when he wasn’t away studying at university, but now lives with friends nearby.
N1 Tyres, which provides a range of services including tyre and brake disc replacements and full car servicing, took over the lease at 54a Downham Road in September 2017. The business was founded and is owned by Mir Begg.
Artist Deborah Law Henocq established the charity RIVA – which stands for Residencies in Visual Art – with the aim to support the provision for art as a subject in Islington and Hackney schools. Its core mission is to address environmental themes in a creative way.
Lois Anderson is a lettercarver based in De Beauvoir Workshops, a converted former hat box factory on Southgate Road.
Estonian-born designer Oliver Ruuger, and German-born craftsman Volker Koch, run a leather craft and design studio based at Studio 1A, 69A Southgate Road.
Joan Miller has been a tenant of The Benyon Estate for over 50 years. Born in Poplar, in 1928, she was brought up in Endive Street, Limehouse (since demolished) in a terraced house where there was no hot water or inside plumbing.
On September 1, 1939 – the first day of WW2 – she was despatched on a coach with a haversack and a luggage label around her neck clearly marked with her name. "I thought I was going on holiday" she says. In fact, she was being evacuated for three years to Weston-super-Mare in...
Joe & Ann-Marie Illes
Joe and Ann-Marie moved into a privately-rented property in De Beauvoir Town in February 2016—and fell in love with the area. Not long after, however, their landlord advised them that he wanted to sell the property. “We tried to buy it but both sides were miles apart when it came to valuation,” explains Joe.