Book your appointments now for safe shopping locally

30 March 2021

Welcome back! Getting ready for the reopening of our high streets

Residents are being invited to get their bookings in now for non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality.

Brent-based businesses are encouraging clients to get in touch ahead of the expected national “step 2” reopening date of 12 April.

Christine Harvey, who runs Through the Looking Glass hair salon in Watford Road, Sudbury, said that she was inundated with messages and phone calls as soon as the roadmap announcement was made.

“I took everyone’s details and sat down with a spreadsheet like a jigsaw and plotted when they could all come in,” Christine said. “I could work seven days a week but I think it would probably kill me after being off for so long. I’m fully booked until the middle of May, but people can still get in touch, either by Facebook or phone, if they want an appointment.

Mal Preedy, the landlord of The Greenman Pub and Hotel, is also looking forward to reopening and is taking bookings for tables in the garden at the top of Wembley Hill in Wembley.

“We are getting quite a lot of bookings, especially for the first week,” Mal said. “We have run out of money and need to reopen.”

The Greenman Pub and Hotel has a large outdoor area, and Mal is confident that they won’t run out of space. “We have got plenty of room outside,” he said. “Because we are shut, I have changed the phone number on the website to my number so people can call me directly and make a booking.”

Across the country businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and those in Brent are no exception. Now is the time to show your support for your local businesses, secure your bookings, and save money, in advance of national restrictions being set to ease on 12 April.

We want to give our town centres, high streets, retailers, small businesses and markets across the borough the best chance possible of bouncing back as the lockdown restrictions are eased, but we must stay safe.


Shop Safe, Shop Local is a Brent Council campaign aimed at encouraging businesses and shoppers alike to do their bit to stop the further spread of the virus, avoid a third peak, help our businesses to bounce back and see life return as much as possible back to normal.


PHOTO: Christine Harvey getting ready for clients ahead of her salon reopening on 12 April

Christine Harvey getting ready for clients in her hair salon