The award

The Good Retail Awards 2020’s Retail District Award recognised retail areas that produce innovative campaigns and exciting customer-centric initiatives to create a buzz around the retail stores in their area.

The winner

Greenwich Market is a uniquely vibrant shopping district which showcases the work and offerings of market traders and local independent shops. Providing a unique shopping experience to visitors and locals, retailers within Greenwich Market have felt they are valued members of the local community, with huge amounts of support and fantastic initiatives to grow business.

A day spent in Greenwich – preferably with a trip in the front seat of the DLR – is one of London’s single greatest pleasures. But whilst you’ve been able to gaze over Canary Wharf from the top of Greenwich Park during lockdown, you haven’t been able to indulge in the foodie delights of Greenwich Market. Until today. The famed market is back in business from today (Thursday June 11), but as with other returning markets, there will be a few changes in place.

Chief amongst these is the fact that only a small part of Greenwich Market will be reopening: the open-air section which branches off of the cul-de-sac Durnford Street. As such, only a handful of traders will be returning at present, but for those who’ve been living off pasta for the last few months, they’re the most welcome returnees, as they’re all street food traders like Andes Empanadas and Ehla Eats.

A group of 15 street food traders have banded together to donate meals to NHS staff.

Food trader Ehla.Eat, based at Greenwich Market, has spearheaded the food drive for medics at Lewisham Hospital.

Other backers are Sports Banger, which designs and sells NHS T-shirts and hoodies and then uses the proceeds to cover the costs for the food.

Melissa and Theo, of Ehla, said: “Our plans for summer 2020 – including opening up two new sites in Central London, award ceremonies and TV filming – flew out the window with the arrival of Covid-19.

Looking for things to do once Christmas Day is out of the way? Wondering what’s open between then and New Year? Just want to get out of the house and away from the Monopoly/cheese board?

If you’re looking for other things to do in London over the festive period, click here.

All week

ICE SKATING: Get out in the fresh air and take to the ice on London’s winter pop-up skating rinks. From Royal Parks to rooftops and museum gardens, they’re appearing all over the place. Most of them have bars and cafes on site, if turkey stocks are running low at home.

WEEKEND WALKS: This week is practically one long weekend anyway, so grab your walking boots and head out on one of our weekend walk routes. See a part of London you haven’t visited before, and best of all, it’s free — unless you stop in a pub for a pint or two…

GREENWICH LATE CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Every Wednesday in December during the lead-up to the big day, Greenwich’s buzzy indoor market will be opening late, allowing you to browse and buy after work without rushing. Stalls will be selling arts and crafts-focused gifts including handmade jewellery, eco-friendly homewares, accessories and a healthy selection of prints and photographs. Street food and mulled wine will be on offer to fuel your shopping, and brass ensemble Tunnel Chops will be giving traditional festive tunes a lively twist underneath some of the best Christmas lights in London.