Looking for Black-owned businesses in London to support? Here’s 50+!
It doesn’t have to be Black History Month to shop black-owned. Whether you’re traveling to London and looking to support the black community or a London local looking to diversify where your pound goes — here’s 50+ Black-owned businesses to support in London. But first…
Why Support Black-Owned Businesses?
It’s no secret that the black community has undergone extreme disparities in wealth and opportunity in the US, UK and beyond. Because of this, there’s an extreme racial gap that can only be closed with intentional spending.
When you’re supporting a black-owned business, you’re helping foster job creation, supporting a local community, providing visibility and strengthening the black economy.
What is ‘Black Pound Day’?
In response to the Black Lives Matter protests in a continued effort to make it ‘a movement, not a moment’ — Black Pound Day, held every first Saturday of the month is dedicated to spending your pounds in the Black community.
On this day, it’s asked that consumers in the UK support the community by replacing their day-to-day spending with Black-owned businesses.
This in turn helps grow the Black economy and close the wealth disparity in the UK — so if you’re visiting London, don’t forget to support and use the hashtag #blackpoundday on social media!
Black-Owned Businesses to Support in London
P.S – Some of these businesses are London-based but online only — so you can support them from anywhere!
Black-Owned Bookshops in London
1. New Beacon Books | 76 Stroud Green Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 3EN
Running strong since 1966 New Beacon Books is an international bookshop specializing in literature from Black British, African, Caribbean, African-American, and Asian voices.
Started by John La Rose and Sarah White in their North London flat, New Beacon Books grew to become one of London’s most cherished bookshops — and 100% black-owned!
P.S You can check out their website for the Black History Month book recommendations.
2. Round Table Books | Brixton Village, 97 Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PS
A Brixton staple, the independent bookshop; Round Table Books started as a mere pop-up. But after realizing only one percent of children’s books in the UK (out of 9,000) include a BAME character, they decided it was time for a change.
Opening in May 2019 Round Table Books’ award-winning store has no signs of stopping, exclusively stocking children’s books with BAME characters.
3. No Ordinary Bookshop | Online
In case you couldn’t guess No Ordinary Bookshop really is — no ordinary bookshop!
Founded by Angel Miller to add representation and encourage more children to read, her pop-up, featuring the #BLACKtoreading initiative aims to empower BAME visibility and build a community around the love of books.
Black-Owned History Tours & Travel Businesses in London
4. Black History Walks | London
If you visit a London museum you’ll quickly notice most stories are predominantly white voices, especially when talking about colonization. Reframing the narrative, Black History Walks takes you on a journey with a raw look at British history.
Engaging and educational, Black History Walks has been running 13+ years — led by professors and academics who truly know their stuff. They also host talks and classes throughout the year!
5. Jamii Card | Online
Make shopping Black-owned a lifestyle with the Jamii Card.
The first UK discount card for Black-owned businesses; save major coin and support the community with your favorite London shops — all in the swipe of a card.
For just £14.95 a year and up to 40% discounts, it’s an absolute steal.
6. The Travel Boxx from Travel Eat Slay | Online
If you’re traveling to London (or anywhere else) you know the pressure of trying to figure out what to pack in your carry-on.
Well, thanks to Travel Boxx you can have all your travel needs met instantly with their subscription Travel Boxx from Travel Eat Slay. Curated quarterly by travelers it comes with 5 TSA items to make all your trips a breeze (available in the UK only).
7. Belly Full Travel Book, Caribbean Food in the UK | Online
It wouldn’t be London without Caribbean influence.
From Notting Hill Carnival to some of the best cuisine the capital has to offer, Belly Full, written by local Riaz Philips gives you the inside scoop to the best Caribbean spots in the UK — including London!
You can buy it on Amazon here.
8. Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen | Online
Birthed as a love letter to Ghana — Londoner Zoe Adjonyoh’s travel cookbook
will give you all the inspiration and tips you need to start cooking like a Ghanian. Yes please!
You can buy it on Amazon here.
9. Kazvare Made It | Online
Need some London souvenirs? Look no further than Kazvare Made It. A Black-owned illustration lab specializing in print design Kazvare Made It was birthed out of Kazvare’s love for design and black culture.
From pop-culture references to cityscapes you’re bound to find the perfect artwork to remember your time in London — and of course, support a Black artist!
10. Black Cultural Archives | 1 Windrush Square, Brixton SW2 1EF
You may be wondering if London has a Black History Museum — welcome to the Black Cultural Archives!
The only heritage center exclusively dedicated to showcasing African and Caribbean voices, it’s here you can get a full perspective of British colonization, most often left out of London’s top museums.
Started by Len Garrison in 1981 in an effort to balance the narrative of Black Brits in the UK, the BCA is filled with archives, objects and books that celebrate Black achievements, stories and the fight for racial equality in the UK and beyond.
Black-Owned Hair Shops in London
11. Simply Gorgeous | 79 Kingsgate Rd, Kilburn, London NW6 4JY
In response to a life-long battle with her hair (which many black women can relate to) Simply Gorgeous — a mother-daughter duo was born, and they’re sure to have you slayed.
More than a hair salon — Simply Gorgeous is a community, celebrating black hair and self-expression in London and beyond.
12. Peckham Palms | Unit 1, Peckham Palm Arcade, 14 Bournemouth Cl, Peckham, London SE15 4PB
Led by black women for black women, Peckham Palms aims to add diversity and opportunity in the hair and beauty space. But this isn’t just any salon.
With a full food and drink service The Palms has everything you need to spend the day supporting a Black-owned business and getting all your Afro-hair needs met.
13. Mimi et Mina | 16 Needham Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2RP
If you’re feeling all the way boujee, look no further than Mimi et Mina.
An award-winning salon and Black-owned business in the heart of Notting Hill, London Mimi et Mina is the product of a 24-year friendship and a passion for all things beauty and female empowerment.
From blow-outs to customized wigs, there’s nothing they can’t do — and the interiors are everything!
Read more: 17 best things to do in Notting Hill!
14. Charlotte Mensah’s Hair Lounge| 347 Portobello Rd, London W10 5SA
With clients like Erykah Badu as regulars — you’re in good company with a visit to Charlotte Mensah. Situated on Portobello Road —Charlotte is easily one of the UK’s most sought-after hairdressers.
Outside of Afro-haircare, you can get pampered in every way possible here, from salt scrubs to shiatsu head massages — Charlotte’s got you covered. Not to mention her Manketti Oil Luxury Hair Care line!
15. Bouclème| 27 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3BL
If you’ve ever struggled to find curly hair care in London — Boucleme has the answer.
Born out of a passion for the environment and natural curls; Bouclème sells eco-friendly plant-based hair products, all made in the UK.
16. Shea Butter Cottage | Online15.
An award-winning beauty company Shea Butter Cottage sources the most authentic of butters and oils — perfect for moisturizing.
Founded out of frustration in finding natural products to protect and moisturize against Britain’s tough weather; Ghanian native Akua Wood decided to take business into her own hands; ethically sourcing quality and pure products since 2002.
Black-Owned Coffee Shops in London
17. Clued Up Coffee | THRDS STUDIOS Peckham, SE15 6RY
You’ve never heard of Clued Up Coffee? Guess nobody clued you up! After years of working in education, Jerome Campbell decided to take the leap into entrepreneurship.
From a mobile coffee shop in Victoria Park to Thrds studio in Peckham — Clued Up Coffee is where you go for love, community, and course, a good cuppa coffee.
P.S – You can find their second location at 42 Weston St., London Bridge, SE1 3QD
18. Second Shot Coffee | 475 Bethnal Green Road, E2 9QH / 49 Church Street, NW5 8ES
A coffee shop with a mission; Second Shot Coffee is “tackling homelessness one espresso at a time”.
A Black-owned business founded by Julius A Ibrahim — the London company trains those affected by homelessness for future employment and gives away hundreds of coffees and hot meals a year to those in need. Find out how you can get involved here.
19. Saint Aymes Cafe |59 Connaught Street, St George’s Fields, W2 2BB
From sweet to savory Saint Aymes Cafe is by far the most Instagrammable cafe in London.
With pink decor and pastel-colored treats (may include 24ct edible gold btw) this Black-owned business, founded by designers Lois and Michela Wilson isn’t going anywhere.
Don’t forget your pic for the gram!
20. The Treats Club | Netil Market, 12-23 Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL
You may have to loosen your trousers a bit after a visit to the The Treats Club — but it’s worth it!
From apple crumble to Nutella and Oreo Smores you’re sure to get your sweet fix — all while supporting a female-led, female-owned, and all-around Black girl magic hangout.
21. Dark Sugars | 124-126 Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6RU
One of the most popular Black-owned businesses in London will always be Dark Sugars — and for good reason! The East London hot chocolate spot sources ingredients inspired by Fatou Mendy’s traveled to West Africa and South America, in other words, this isn’t just any ole hot chocolate.
Sprinkled with the finest cocoa, rich chocolate shavings, and endless flavors — you may have to visit more than once (okay, you’ll definitely have to visit more than once).
P.S – Other locations include 141 Brick Lane London England E1 6SB and 21 Nelson Rd, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9JB
22. Kaffa Coffee | 1 Gillett Square, Dalston, London N16 8AZ
An Ethopian hotspot for all things coffee — Kaffa Coffee was founded by Yarrad Markos out of a love for music and a good brew.
With a relaxing vibe and welcoming staff, you’re sure to leave with a smile.
Black-Owned Restaurants in London
23. Grounds and Grapes | 41 Honor Oak Park, Honor Oak, London SE23 1DZ
Did someone say breakfast? Sitting pretty in Honor Oak, Grounds and Grapes serves everything from chunky avocado toast to fluffy pesto scrambled eggs and buttery cornbread (hold up — heading to Grounds and Grapes).
Be sure to come back for the night time when their cocktails and curated wine list take center stage — salted caramel expresso margarita for one please!
24. Hoxton North | 1A Royal Parade, Harrogate HG1 2SZ
A neighborhood restaurant inspired by the streets of London; Hoxton North’s seasonally-inspired menu serves everything from brunch to yummy cocktails — and a whole lot of stories.
25. Prince of Peckham | 1 Clayton Rd, Peckham, London SE15 5JA
Step into jerk heaven with a day at Prince of Peckham.
From Hot Mess Mondays (the best) to £5 Wednesdays; Prince of Peckham is where you go for bottomless wings, jerk roast, and a delicious taste of South London.
26. Deserted Cactus |135A Rye Ln, Peckham, 26. London SE15 4ST
Peckham’s vegan heaven, if you’re into plant-based goodness you’ll want to head to Deserted Cactus ASAP. From amazing vegan food to a cozy ambiance it’s well worth the visit (oh, and their mac n’ cheese…is bomb).
27. Eat of Eden | 4 Brixton Village, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8Pr
Heading to Brixton? Don’t leave without trying Eat of Eden. With an 100% plant-based menu filled your favorite Caribbean finds, their restaurant is truly like no other.
All ingredients are ethically sourced and their rise in popularity has led to not one…not two…but four new locations around London — yeah, they’re that good.
P.S – Other locations include 6 Ascot Parade, Clapham Park Road, SW4 7EY / 1 Goldcrest House, 32-64 Lee High Road, SE13 5FH / 76 Shepherds Bush Road, W6 7PH
28. Jollof Box | 64 Kingsland High Street Dalston Kingsland, London E8 2LX England
‘Africa in a box’ is how they describe Jollof Box — and they’re right!
The West African staple serves the very best of gourmet African cuisine, perfect for takeaway.
29. Only Jerkin’| Camden Market, NW1
I’m only jerkin’ with you! But no, seriously…head to Only Jerkin’.
Mixing music with lip smacking Caribbean flavors and a good time, their triple-dipped fried chicken is officially calling your name — see you there!
30. Negril | 132 Brixton Hill, Brixton, London SW2 1RS
Home to the golden coastlines of Jamaica; Negril has made a home in London, with their Jamaican restaurant — ‘Negril’!
From Latanya’s burning desire to bring Jerk Chicken east-side and educate guests on Jamaican food and culture; Negril is a two-for-one of good eats and a history lesson.
31. Fish, Wings & Tings | Brixton Village, 3, Granville Arcade, Coldharbour Ln, London SW9 8PR
With the highest-sourced seasonal Caribbean food you’ll find in London, (and interiors to match) Fish, Wings & Tings is as trendy as it is tasty.
With a relaxing vibe, amazing service, and a Wray Nephew rum that will make your head spin (in a good way), what more could you ask for?
32. Ikoyi | 1 St James’s Market, St. James’s, London SW1Y 4AH
Did someone say Michelin star? Get a taste of finer London at Ikoyi.
Founded by Iré Hassan-Odukale with his partner Jeremy Chan; Ikoyi sits pretty in Piccadilly circus — and the menu is one for the books, all inspired by West African cuisine.
33. Chuku’s | 274 High Rd, Tottenham, London N15 4AJ
If you’ve never tried Nigerian tapas before — you’re missing out!
Celebrating the very best of Nigerian flavors, this Black-owned brother-sister duo shows no signs of stopping. So if you want a day of supporting Black-owned businesses in London with cuisine and culture, look no further than Chukus.
34. Uncle John’s Bakery | 76 W Green Rd, Tottenham, London N15 5NS
One of London’s most treasured Black-owned businesses in London is Uncle John’s Bakery — running strong since 1995.
Spreading their love of home-style Ghanian bread, Emelia and John decided to open up their own shop — quickly becoming the UK’s No.1 Ghanaian Bakery…in other words, it’s worth the visit!
35. Hacha Bar | 378 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA
Tacos and tequila please!
Make your way to the oh-so-vibrant Hacha Bar for all the agave spirits, margaritas and as promised; tacos and tequila you can handle at one of London’s spiciest Black-owned businesses — right in the heart of Dalston.
36. Ma Petite Jamaica | 4 Inverness St, Camden Town, London NW1 7HJ
We’re going to Jamaica! Okay, not really. But it’s close enough at Ma Petite Jamaica — housing all the flavors you’d find under the warm Jamaican sun.
Filled roti, jerk chicken, fish and small plates are all on offer — but I’m particularly keen on their Reggae brunch and bottomless booze weekends, need I say more?
37. Turtle Bay | 382-384, Brixton Rd, Ferndale, London SW9 7AW
Calypso beats and coconuts? Look’s like it’s time for some Turtle Bay.
The Ealing hotspot for Caribbean goodness, from Trinidadian fish to Jamacaian jerk chicken — has expanded to Brixton and Croydon (to name a few) and is well, well worth the trip.
P.S – You can find their other locations at The Scene Cleveland Place, 269 High St, London E17 7FD, 16 High St, Ealing, London W5 5DB, 16 High St, Croydon CR0 1GT
38. Caribbean Kitchen | 67 Mare St, Hackney, London E8 4RG
A no-nonsense Caribbean joint with hefty portions to match Caribbean kitchen is one the tastiest Black-owned businesses in London — leaving you swooned (and full) over steaming sailfish with dumplings, chickpea curry and the best Mac ’n’ cheese Hackney’s ever seen.
Black-Owned Businesses in London: Shopping & Lifestyle
39. Chalk Jewelry | Online
Founded by London-based architect Malaika — every piece from Chalk Jewelry is crafted to geometrical perfection with bold colors to match, plus you get 10% off your first order!
40. Sincerely Nude | Online
Born out of frustration for the lack of nude clothes for brown skin — Sincerely Nude helps women find fashion that complements their skin tone, empowering all of us to feel sexy, confident and beautiful in the skin we’re in.
41. Knots | Online
Every Black woman knows it’s near impossible to find Black hairwear in mainstream shops. But leave it to Black-owned businesses in London to find a solution!
Thanks to Knots you can ‘Be a Queen With a Crown’ any day of the week with their signature headbands and accessories — completely Black-owned.
42. TTYA London | Online
For all my tall ladies you know how hard it can be to find clothes that fit ‘just right’.
Well, thanks to TTYA London, you won’t have to choose between fashion and form with their extensive apparel brand made by tall women, for tall women — featured in Vogue btw!
43. Monero Kids Boutique | 26a Balls Pond Rd, Dalston, London N1 4AU
When I was growing up (and even now) black barbie dolls weren’t the easiest to find.
Born out of frustration for the lack of representation in kids’ toys and products, Sandra Monero founded Monero Kids Boutique — featuring Barbie dolls Ellie, Hardley D, Honey and more that celebrate the true diversity of the UK and beyond — with organic clothing to match. Yes sis!
44. Damihow | Online
If you’re into fitness, you know the struggle of finding fashionable gym wear. So, of course, leave it to Black-owned gym brand Damihow to make active wear that not only feels amazing — but makes you look fly too!
45. Our Kids Trove | Online
Another toy shop born of the lack of diversity, Pamela — whose children were born in China, wanted to make sure her kids knew their culture and roots, wearing it with pride thanks to Our Kids Trove.
Using toys as tools of education and empowerment her culturally-diverse range of toys are all carefully curated, and of course, make the best presents!
46. House of Lilah | Online
Even the name sounds like it smells good!
Crafting fine handmade candles and loose-leaf tea this Black-owned London business is your one-stop-shop for all things sensory goodness — with a mission to bring just a little more spark (literally…and figuratively) into your home.
47. Soapsmith | Online
Looking for a bit of luxury? Inspired by the sensory experience of walking around London — Sam Jameson has blended the finest scents of the city in his lifestyle brand Soapsmith — featuring 100% recyclable and vegan friendly ingredients — all handcrafted in London.
48. Bespoke Binny | Online
Sourcing homemade gifts from the motherland — Bespoke Binny is the perfect online stop for all things African beauty.
From cushions to aprons, pillows and more, you’ll have all your home needs splendidly met.
49. Frank Horn | Online
Designed and made exclusively in London — Frank Horn is where you go for all things leather.
Handcrafted with love from his East London studio — Francais took his passion for leathercraft and turned it into one of London’s most thriving Black-owned businesses; providing bespoke functional, simple, and stylish goods to London and beyond.
50. Prick LDN | 492 Kingsland Rd, Dalston, London E8 4AE
London’s first (yes first) boutique for cacti and succulents, and one of the most famous Black-owned businesses in London — you won’t want to leave the city without a visit to Prick.
Founded by Gynelle Leon — who took her myriad of experiences as an award-winning photographer, finance professional and world traveler and turned into a business (including a stunt to Marrakech that made her fall in love with the uniqueness of cacti and succulents) — this Black-owned plant shop is home to dozens of beautiful and exotic plants, sourced lovingly from across the UK and Europe.
51. Black Creators in London
I couldn’t end a post on Black-owned businesses in London without talking about Black creators.
Unfortunately, especially in the travel space, Black content creators are notoriously underrepresented and often get passed on for dozens of opportunities based on the color of their skin (for example, Yaya of Hand Luggage Only who noted that “some brands would only ask for ‘just the white guy” for certain press trips — referring to his blogging partner, Llyod).
So what can you do to help?
In the world of content creation, engagement is everything. I mean hey, even reading this post is helping!
But whenever you see Black creators in the blogging or influencer space, try and show them some love if you can (if their content was helpful to you of course!) — a thoughtful comment or a share, truly does wonders.
If you have any other Black-owned businesses in London you’d like to be featured, let me know via email me at email@example.com.
I hope this post encouraged you to support Black-owned businesses in London — and beyond.